Nancy English has been involved with various aspects of palliative care since 1992. For the past 14 years, she has been involved in developing and teaching curriculum for palliative care advanced practice nursing along with her colleague, Dr. Paula Nelson-Marten. In 2001, she was Co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant for palliative care nursing education. These projects were focused on the education of acute and home care nurses on palliative care concepts.
She is an advanced practice nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing, a geriatric clinical nurse specialist, and she is a certified hospice and palliative care registered nurse. Her doctoral studies focused on eastern philosophy and western health philosophy. Her certification also includes a health care ethics consultation certification from Rush Medical College, Chicago and Thanatology and Death Counseling Certification through Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her recent clinical focus has been in the development and provision of services for families who are anticipating the death of their child. Her most recent publication addresses the issues of advance care birth planning for the seriously ill newborn who could die during infancy. In 2015, a chapter she co-authored will be published in the Handbook of Neonatology on Neonatal Palliative Care. She has been a contributor to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Nursing for all 4 editions. Currently, her writings are addressing the subject of the role of the Interdisciplinary palliative care team and how they can better address parents needs who are anticipating the loss of their baby.