MARY DONOVICK, MSN, APN, AGPCNP-BC
I had wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember, my mother is an amazing nurse and was my inspiration to enter the field. I graduated from Felician University (then College) in 2010 with my BSN, at that time I never could have imagined the kinds of doors the amazing education I received at Felician would open for me.
I started my career in nursing on a busy stepdown telemetry floor which was an amazing place to work and learn. I have had the opportunity to work many unique places since then, including a Chest Pain Unit In NC, the ICU float pool at University of North Carolina (UNC) hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, as the Population Care Coordinator for a Patient Centered Medical Home or PCMH in NJ, and as the Quality Nurse Manager at the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT organization that was grant-funded by CMS.
In 2014 I decided to pursue my Master Degree and become an APN. I graduated from The George Washington University, with honors, in 2017 with an MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care.
I have now been in my dream job for 2 years as the Geriatric and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, right back at the very first hospital I started in as a brand new nurse. I am so fortunate to work with such an amazing population, I am very passionate about chronic disease education and management and often have the opportunity to teach large audiences about varying health topics. There is never a boring day.
Recently, the world has changed for us all and palliative care has become my main focus as COVID-19 has affected so many. I never anticipated that I would have to call a dozen families a day to deliver often grave news, but that is currently the position I find myself in.
I am grateful for the amazing medical, nursing, respiratory, CNA, EMS, environmental services and all the other team members that I work with. Together we fight through this and continue to serve the patients we love.
It was the foundation that I received at Felician that taught me to be the nurse I am today, and the values instilled in me there that allow me to do so with compassion and faith.