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.
Felician University (Rutherford)
One Felician Way
223 Montross Avenue
Rutherford NJ 07070
Felician University (Lodi)
262 South Main Street
Lodi, NJ 07664
Felician University engages over 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in arts & sciences, business, nursing, and education. Universal Franciscan values of social justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity serve as an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University's education is ranked 3rd best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked #1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com.