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Judith Dobson


Judy has 51 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings. As a hospital staff nurse for 25 years, she gained experience in the emergency department, medical-surgery units for chronically ill patients as a charge nurse, a teen oncology unit and a GI specialty unit. She received her MSN in 1997 as a clinical nurse specialist while a hospice director. As hospice director, Judy created a new orientation process for staff, increased the services of hospice to the surrounding communities and established a children’s bereavement camp that is still thriving today. She also led the completion of a research project with hospice patients. She is self-employed as a hospice and palliative care nurse educator and has provided seminars in 49 states on topics concerning end-stage disease processes and accompanying the dying patient. Judy also planned and spoke at national end-of-life conferences in 2011 and 2012. She is certified as a hospice trainer, a Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association approved educator and is End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trained in core and geriatrics education. 

Judy is a strong advocate for excellence in the field of hospice and palliative care and prepares nurses to take the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center certification examination. She provides educational planning and seminars to the Pennsylvania Hospice Network for annual conferences as well as certification preparation courses. Judy has a special interest in finding meaning in life and studying the near-death awareness phenomena. Being a professional life of experiences as a nurse at the bedside, an educator and a life-long learner has given her a passion for sharing the most practical and pertinent information to help others.