For over 20 years, Nancy English has been involved with various aspects of caring for seriously ill infants, children and adults. She has co-developed and taught several online curriculums for healthcare providers on various aspects of how to caring for the seriously ill and dying. From 2001 to 2005, Nancy was co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant for palliative care nursing education across the state of Colorado. It was during these four years that she traveled monthly to Eastern Colorado and grew to love the state's rural populations. From 2001 to 2012, she was the palliative care nurse coordinator for two pediatric palliative care consultation services. Nancy’s motivation for promoting knowledge about death and dying, the mystery of death and death denial stems from work as a hospice nurse and her personal experience during her mother's death. Both of which underscored the importance of understanding the myriad issues around caring for the very ill and dying.
Dr. English is an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse. Her doctoral studies focused on counseling psychology. In 2010, she completed courses for Health Care Ethics Consultation Certification from Rush Medical College, Chicago and Thanatology and Death Counseling Certification through the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Nancy’s recent clinical focus is on the development and provision of services for families who are anticipating the death of their infant. Her publications and presentations around this topic are focused on how to support families in preparing an Advance Care Birth Plan for their seriously ill newborn who could die during infancy. (JOGNN, 2013). Her most recent publication addressed Palliative Care in the NICU for all infants and their families, (2017, Seminars in Perinatology). She has been a contributor to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Nursing (Ferrell, Coyle & Paice) for all four editions, the Handbook of Neonatology since 2003 (Gardner & Carter). Upcoming publications are co-authoring two chapters in textbooks aimed at increasing palliative cares presence in the Neonatal Intensive Care Setting. In 2014, Nancy initiated the first Denver Metro Death Cafe where people come together to just talk about death and all related topics.
Nancy is the mother of 2 adult children. She loves to travel and has been honored to teach nurses in Mexico, Romania and Turkey. Her other loves are fine teas, French wine, Spanish language, friends and just about any activity involving nature and the outdoors.