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Nursing 540 Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing and Policy Implications: MODULE 1: What’s In My Nurse Practice Act?

Course Guide for Nursing 540


Welcome to Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing.  Your faculty is Natacha Pierre, DNP, FNP-BC. Natacha is co-chair for the DiversityTaskforce in the Health Systems Science Department and the TechTeach planning committee.   The Diversity Taskforce supports diversity and policies that promote inclusive environments and promote equity in nursing education. The TechTeach Annual conference provides a forum to introduce new technology in postsecondary education. Dr. Pierre currently practices as a family nurse practitioner at a community based retail health center and manages the care of patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

Dr. Pierre’s research focuses on building capacity in marginalized immigrant communities to deliver culturally responsive care and eliminate health disparities. She has spoken locally and nationally on her innovative methods to foster academic excellence and increase advocacy among graduate nurses. Her work has earned her the 2015 Illinois Nurse Educator Award for excellence in teaching and the 2015 University of Illinois DAISY Faculty Award.  Dr. Pierre is currently a Health Policy Fellow with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2016-2017).

Dr. Pierre has a significant interest in local and global health policy.  She currently serves on the Health Policy Committee for the Association of Black Nursing Faculty and is an active member of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses (ISAPN). Dr. Pierre serves on the review board for the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (2012- present) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF).  Dr. Pierre earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (1999) and her Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (1995) from Rush University.

Professional Organizations

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Illinois Nurse Practice Act