Kristi Acker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN
Dr. Kristi Acker engages in a 25 + year career committed to advancing palliative care (PC) through active participation in clinical, research, and educational advocacy. She believes in the value of providing holistic expert PC for all patients facing serious illness. Dr. Acker trusts that a successful model for interdisciplinary care should reach beyond the confines of end of life and should be readily accessible to patients regardless of treatment intent. Further, she recognizes that the culture of health care must be transformed to meet the growing needs of an aging population and regularly presents on PC topics at local, regional and national levels.
Dr. Acker embraces the professional value for mentoring clinical competence through specialty certification and strongly believes in community engagement to advance PC. Currently, she serves on the Alabama Statewide Advisory Council for Palliative Care and Quality of Life and recently joined other American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers who participated in Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to help advocate for successful PC legislation. She maintains a clinical practice in oncology and is the specialty track coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. She holds professional certifications as a FNP, Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®) and Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN®).
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