Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN

Penn Nursing Professor & Director, PROMISE Center
Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Mary first started working in hospice after burning out on the emotionally fraught interactions she often experienced working in hospital Intensive Care Units. Now she helms the incredibly progressive palliative care programs of the VA. She is often touched by the personal letters she receives from family members of deceased veterans, who write to give her feedback about their experiences with the VA’s hospice program.