Education: Building competencies and leadership

Palliative Care Education

Palliative Care Education

Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care

The Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care was established in 2015 with generous gifts from the Fuld Trust. The goal of this program is to prepare nursing students to be leaders in improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses and their families by focused palliative care education, interdisciplinary practice, and research activities in their nursing curriculum. The program is led by co-directors, Shella Chawda, NP, and Debbie Gunter, FNP-BC, ACHPN, who are dedicated to nursing excellence in palliative care education and practice. 

Fuld Palliative Care Scholars

Rachel Behrend

Rachel Behrend

Rachel is a second-degree AMSN student from Bethesda Maryland who will be graduating in December 2018. She comes to Emory having graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in biology. Rachel loves the combination of professionalism and intimacy that characterizes the nursing profession, the lifelong opportunities for intellectual stimulation and growth, and the undeniable chance that nursing will provide to make a positive impact. She has a longstanding interest in movement, pain, and rehabilitation, originally through the lens of basic neuroscience research, which she pursued prior to beginning the AMSN program at Emory. She is now most interested in helping patients with long-term illnesses and chronic pain through rehabilitative methods and palliative care. Rachel hopes to work in a setting that will allow her to provide rehabilitation to those suffering with long-term illnesses who wish to return to their daily activities. She hopes to start her career in a clinic that affords her the time and resources to pursue this, and one day perhaps have her own practice where this will be a primary emphasis.

Emily Buzhardt

Emily Buzhardt

Emily is a second-degree AMSN student from Nashville Tennessee who will be graduating in May 2019. She comes to Emory School of Nursing having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. Emily chose nursing due to its patient-focused nature and its holistic model of care, that nurses view the patient as being more than his or her disease. Out of all health care providers, nurses spend the most time with patients.

She wants to form relationships with her patients and support them in times of need.

On her journey to Emory, Emily worked as a triage and medical assistant and decided that she wanted to pursue a career in oncology because she loved the patients that she worked with as a medical assistant.

Maggie Carrillo

Maggie Carrillo

Maggie is a second-degree AMSN student from Decatur Georgia. She will be gradating in December 2017. She comes to Emory School of Nursing having graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in business management. Having always wanting to help people maximize their health, Emily pursued a nursing career and would like to work on a hospitalist team at Emory University Hospital.

Haley is a second-degree AMSN student from New Jersey. She will graduate from Emory in December 2019. She came to Emory School of Nursing after graduating with a degree in Public Health from American University in Washington, DC. After graduating college, Haley worked at a cancer institute within Boston, Massachusetts for two and a half years. She became familiar with the world of oncology and the unfortunate impacts it has on patients, and the people close to them. Haley enjoys building relationships with patients and admires the holistic care nurses provide. Haley hopes to gain nursing and palliative care skills to offer comfort and aid to patients and families affected by chronic and terminal disease.

Haley Lynn

Haley is a second-degree AMSN student from New Jersey. She will graduate from Emory in December 2019. She came to Emory School of Nursing after graduating with a degree in Public Health from American University in Washington, DC. After graduating college, Haley worked at a cancer institute within Boston, Massachusetts for two and a half years. She became familiar with the world of oncology and the unfortunate impacts it has on patients, and the people close to them. Haley enjoys building relationships with patients and admires the holistic care nurses provide. Haley hopes to gain nursing and palliative care skills to offer comfort and aid to patients and families affected by chronic and terminal disease.

Hannah Spero

Rachel Behrend

Hannah is a second-degree AMSN student from San Francisco, California, who will graduate December 2019. She comes to Emory having graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development Studies and minors in Public Health and African Studies. Hannah has always wanted to make a career out of helping others, and she decided to pursue nursing after interning at a maternal health center in Accra, Ghana, while studying abroad. She loves the personal, hands-on care for others that permeates the nursing profession. After college, she discovered her passion for geriatrics and palliative care through her work as a CNA at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; this is also where she decided to focus her career on homeless and housing-insecure populations. In the future, Hannah hopes to work as a nurse practitioner to provide primary and palliative care to chronically and seriously ill, homeless/housing-insecure adults. In addition, she plans to be a part of health policy advocacy for this vulnerable population.

For more information about this program visit the Fuld Palliative Care Scholarsip Page

Certification and Continuing Education Programs

Partnering with the Nursing Continuing Education Center, the Center for Nursing Excellence in Palliative Care identifies the needs of professional development in palliative care and developing innovative and high quality continuing education programs to meet those needs, which ultimately can improve palliative care quality.

In addition to the successful wound, ostomy, and continence nursing education program, care coordination and pain management CE programs will be launched in the near future. Also a new initiative, evidence-based advance care planning summer institute, is underway.

Fuld Visiting Scholar Program

Annually, the Center invites an eminent scholar in the fields of palliative care to inspire faculty, students, and local healthcare communities with a vision of excellence in palliative care education, practice, and research.