Interprofessional Education Director

Palliative care is care delivered by an interprofessional team primarily including doctors, nurses, chaplains and social workers to collaboratively address the bio-psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients and families facing a serious illness. Confronted with serious illness, patients and families can often struggle in our complicated and disease-focused health care system. Our interprofessional fellowship trains the next generation of collaborators and team members who aim to provide whole person care. Whole person care, as defined by the Institute of Human Caring, focuses on the relationship-based approach to healthcare, involving patients in decision-making for their healthcare, supporting the families of these patients, and acknowledging the strain serious illness places not only on the patient, but also on those caring for their loved one.

Providence Alaska, in conjunction with the Providence Alaska Foundation, demonstrates commitment to whole person care by initial grant funding and now secure funding for this interprofessional, one-year-long fellowship that began in 2015. The fellowship includes a physician from the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner. These fellows begin and end the fellowship succinctly. They spend one year learning, engaging and developing skills to help patients, families, communities, and other healthcare providers manage serious illness to more easily navigate our complex healthcare system.

Nurse Practitioners Interested in the Fellowship

The APRN Fellow position is usually posted in January of each year.

If you are interested, please e-mail me so that I can notify you once the position is posted:

Marianne Johnstone-Petty

Thank you for your commitment to life-long learning and interest in our interprofessional fellowship.

All questions and inquiries are welcome.


Marianne Johnstone-Petty, DNP, APRN, ACHPN

Director, Interprofessional Palliative Care Education