Responsibilities: Member of the palliative care consult service for two 500 bed teaching hospitals and entails the initial H& P, symptom management, goals of care, advance care planning, and possible deceleration of care orders and follow-up.
2005 – 2006 Director of Clinical Services – VistaCare Hospice – Atlanta, Georgia
Responsibilities: Day to day management of a 25 bed in-patient hospice unit including staff hiring, development, and retention, along with nurse practitioner responsibilities of the patients, including medical management involving drug therapy, lab monitoring, physical assessments, and palliative care coordination.
1996 – 2005 Nurse Practitioner – Evercare, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia
Responsibilities: Day to day medical management of geriatric patients in two nursing homes, including, lab testing, pharmacologic implementation and management, clinical assessments, patient teaching, and the medical treatment of acute and chronic health problems, in collaboration with the attending physicians. Staff and family teaching also provided with a major focus and end-of-life care.
1982 – present President – Innovative Healthcare Inc. – Duluth, Georgia
Responsibilities: Design and teaching of critical care, medical surgical, gerontologic, and palliative nursing seminars throughout the United States. CE approved seminars range from two to four day programs covering a variety of topics. Over 500 seminars have been presented to date and a list is available on request.
1991 to 1995 ACL Instructor – American Heart Association
1987 to present BLS provider – American Heart Association
1978 to present American Association of Critical Care Nurses
2004 to 2007 Speaker’s Bureau – Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
1990 to 1996 Who’s Who in American Nursing
1978 to present Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
1982 to present Over 500 seminar and guest lecturer presentations – program list available
Gunter, D. “The assessment of GERD in the long-term care setting.” The Director, Fall, 2004
Gunter, D. “Dying the good death.” GEROS newsletter for the Georgia Geriatrics Society, 2000
Co-author of the cardiovascular chapter in Family Care Guideline, Lippincott, 1999.
References: Available upon request
Debbie A. Gunter RN,MN,FNP,ACHPN
Debbie is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a certified hospice and palliative care nurse with over twenty-five years of nursing experience. She received her BSN from Florida State University, her Masters Degree in Adult Health-Critical Care from Emory University, and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Missouri. She is on the faculty at Emory University in the School of Medicine, Geriatrics Department, as well as a guest speaker for the Emory School of Nursing. Ms. Gunter is also president of her own nursing consulting firm, developing and presenting various nursing seminars throughout the country.
In her current role of nurse practitioner with the Emory Healthcare System in Atlanta, Georgia, Debbie is part of the team that is responsible for providing palliative care expertise to hospitalized patients within two different hospitals. Some of the responsibilities include, pain and symptom management, goals of care discussions, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, advance care planning, staff education, and community education. Prior to this position, Ms Gunter had developed and managed a twenty-five bed in-patient hospice unit. Debbie had also previously served as a nurse practitioner in the long-term care setting, which involved the medical management and responsibility of multiple geriatric patients in two different nursing homes in the Atlanta area. Debbie has been recognized for her outstanding achievements in nursing by Who’s Who in American Nursing for multiple years. She has co-authored the cardiovascular chapter in, “Family Care Guidelines,” published in 1998 for nurse practitioners, as well as other multiple publications
Ms. Gunter is well known for her dynamic and innovative teaching style and her ability to present challenging concepts in a form that is interesting and easy to understand. She has presented over 600 nursing seminars in the critical care, medical surgical, geriatric, and palliative care nursing fields across the country.