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Debbie A. Gunter RN,MN,FNP-BC,ACHPN

Personal Data: Debbie Ann Gunter RN,MN,FNP-BC,ACHPN

9110 Prestwick Club Drive

Duluth, Georgia 30097

770-209-0891 (home) 770-209-0893 (fax)


Education: Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner – 1996

University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri

Master of Nursing – Adult Health – Critical Care – 1980

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Bachelor Of Science in Nursing – 1977

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Certification: HPNA – Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

2006 – Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse

ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center

1996 – Family Nurse Practitioner - #257686

GNA – Georgia Nurses Association

1977 – RN and APRN license #RN052101

ELNEC – End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium

2002 – certified nursing end-of-life instructor


2006 – Present Nurse Practitioner – Emory Healthcare – Atlanta, Georgia

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.

1984 – 1996 Staff Nurse – ICU – St. Joseph’s Hospital – Atlanta, Georgia

Responsibilities: PRN staff nurse position in a busy, 27 bed medical-surgical critical care unit, planning and implementing care for one to three patients.

1989 – 1990 Regional Clinical Coordinator – Genentech – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: coordination of educational inservices for nurse preceptors in seven state southeastern district regarding thrombolytic therapy.

1981 – 1983 Nursing Education Coordinator – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: coordination and teaching of monthly nursing orientation for new employees, as well as critical care nursing education and inservices.

1980 –1981 Nursing Associate/Instructor – Emory University School of Nursing – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: skills lab and physical assessment instructor; graduate clinical instructor

1978 – 1980 Staff Nurse- ICU- Crawford Long Hospital – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: Full-time position in a 12 bed open-heart/surgical ICU caring for one to two patients
Other Work Experience:

2002 – 2006 Clinical Associate in Medicine – Emory University School of Medicine Faculty – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: end-of-life and geriatrics education presentations to geriatric fellows, medical students, and nurse practitioner students

1996 – 2006 Preceptor – Emory University School of Nursing – Atlanta, GA

Responsibilities: clinical preceptor for FNP and GNP students in the long-term care setting

2001 – 2002 Volunteer – Grady Memorial Hospital – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: support and care for babies in the neonatal ICU.

1996 – 1998 Volunteer Nurse Practitioner – Mercy Mobile Health Service – Atlanta, GA.

Responsibilities: provide primary medical services as a family nurse practitioner on a mobile healthcare van to all ages of indigent clients one to two evenings/month.

June 1997 Volunteer – Volunteers in Medical Missions

Responsibilities: medical team member in Ecuador providing medical care to Indian tribes in the Andes Mountains.

Professional Affiliations:

2002 to present Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

2000 to 2004 American Society on Aging

2000 to present Georgia Geriatrics Society Board of Directors

1998 to 2006 Georgia Geriatrics Society

1996 to present American Nurses Association

1992 to 2005 Society of Critical Care Medicine

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

Honorary Affiliations:

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.

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