Dawn Pavlu, MSN
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 10/07/2021

Dawn M. Pavlu, MSN, APN, CCRN, AGACNP-BC, ACHPN                            Curriculum Vitae              1








16 Gentry Drive

Englewood, New Jersey 07631



201-638-4479 (mobile)


[email protected]






Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner


  • Expert PracticeACHPN certification;  Expert provider for palliative care services including assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of patients with life-threatening or life-limiting diagnoses;  End of life symptom management;  Goals of Care and Advance Care Planning;  Family support;  Discharge and disposition support.


  • Consultant/Educator:  Interdisciplinary In-patient/Out-patient Consultation Team member; ELNEC Instructor; Medical Staff education; Nursing New Employee Orientation team; NYU Adjunct Clinical Instructor, NYU Adjunct Professor – Graduate palliative care APM program.


  • ResearcherData coordinator for CAPC national database; Coordinator of Critical Care Family Needs Project; QA&I committee; Research committee; Data coordinator for Vasoactive Drugs and Incidence of Pressure Ulcers research; Data coordinator for Sepsis Protocol studies; Investigator BEACON II national study.


  • Collaborator/Manager:  Promotion of the interdisciplinary team concept for medical students, residents, fellows, registered nurses, allied health providers, and physicians; Coordination of care with social work, hospice services and visiting nurse services.


  • Integrative CareSpecialist in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of personhood; Certified Handler for Pet Therapy Program; Wellness Fair Committee member; Meditation Specialist; Beyond Surviving Network co-founder; George Washington University – Spirituality and Health Summer Institute


  • Leadership:  Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team; Vice President – New Jersey Palliative Care Advance Practice Nurse Consortium; New Jersey Hospital Association – Improving Quality Palliative Care & Communication committee; New Jersey Hospital Association – Palliative Care Advisory Council








University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA




Post-Master’s Certificate

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner




August 2015

New York University

New York, NY



Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ


Post-Master’s Certificate

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner


Master of Science-Nursing

Critical Care Nurse Practitioner / Adult


July 2010




May 1996

Saint Peter's College

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Nursing Baccalaureate

Summa Cum Laude


May 1991

Englewood Hospital School of Nursing

Englewood, NJ

Nursing Diploma

Academic Honors

May 1986




Professional Experience





East Orange, NJ




Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner



December 2013 - Present


Committee Participation:


      Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Consult Team

      End of Life Task Force

      Comfort Care Order Set sub-committee

      VISN 2/3 Palliative Care

      Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative








New York, NY




Adjunct Professor

Graduate Nursing Program




May 2013 to Present





      Expert level palliative care instruction for graduate nursing students, including evidence based care, knowledge content, documentation, and clinical performance

      Advanced history and physical assessment

      Clinical site visits and evaluation of objective driven experience/performance

      Simulation instruction, evaluation, and role playing with standardized patients









Englewood, NJ



Palliative Care

Nurse Practitioner


System Manager

Quantitative Sentinel Documentation System


Charge/Staff Nurse

Medical-Surgical ICU




August 2010 to January 2013



May 1996 to July 2010



June 1986 to July 2010


Committee Participation:


      Palliative Care Multi-disciplinary Team - Chairperson

      NJHA – Council for Improving Quality Palliative Care & Communication in the ICU

      Schwartz Rounds Planning Committee

      Comprehensive Cancer Care Committee

      Nursing Education Committee

      Wellness Fair Committee

      Evidence Based Research Committee







River Edge, NJ







Hospice & Palliative Care

Nurse Practitioner






September 2011 to January 2014





      Face to face evaluations for continued certification of hospice eligibility.

      Member of multi-disciplinary team providing physical, spiritual, social, and emotional support for hospice patients

      Resource for expert level symptom management and end of life care for case RN's






Related Experience





Adjunct Clinical Instructor

January 2011 to Present


End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Instructor

October 2009 to Present


Adjunct Clinical Professor

January 2009 to December 2009




Rutgers University

New York University


Various Locations




Dominican College – School of Nursing

Blauvelt, NY

Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor

June 1984 to June 2013


HPAE Local 5004 Grievance Chairperson

January 2001 to August 2010

Various community locations as well as in-house instructor at EHMC


Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

Englewood, NJ







Comfort and Compassion at the End of Life: A Palliative Care Tool Kit for Clinicians

New Jersey Hospital Association; 2011



Pavlu D, DeMarco K, Sobrino-Bonilla Y. Field Notes From the Frontline of a COVID-19

Outbreak: Dyspnea Management for Hospitalized Patients at End-of-Life.

J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2020 Dec 1. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000728.

Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33264178.






Field Notes from the Frontline of a COVID-19 Outbreak: Dyspnea

Management for Hospitalized Patients                                                        November 13, 2020

              8th Annual Advanced Practice Provider Symposium

              Durham VA / Duke University School of Nursing


Palliative Care: Past, Present, and Future                                                        May 4, 2019

              Integrated Palliative Practice: Opportunities and Challenges

for Emergency Department and Critical Care Providers

              New Jersey Palliative Care APN Consortium


Palliative Care for the Critical Care Nurse                                                        June 5, 2018

              Annual Conference

              AACN – Central Jersey Chapter


Developing Pure Compassion: A Buddhist Approach                            May 22, 2018

              Hope and Resiliency at the End of Life

              Rutgers University, Center for Professional Development


Spirituality in Palliative Care                                                                                    April 28; 2018

              Translating Palliative Care Into APN Practice

              New Jersey Palliative Care APN Consortium


Goals of Care for Advance Practice Nurses                                                        November 15, 2017

              2017 Advance Practice Nurse Update

              VA New Jersey Healthcare System


Pain Management in the Palliative Care Population                                          October 31, 2017

              Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium

              VA New Jersey Healthcare System



Palliative Care for Primary Care Providers                                                        May 11, 2016

              Annual Advance Practice Nurse Conference

              VA New Jersey Healthcare System


Palliative Care Panel Discussion                                                                      October 31, 2015

              Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato

              New Jersey Public Television



Palliative Care in Late Stage Dementia                                                        October 15, 2015

              9th Annual Geriatric Symposium

              VA New Jersey Healthcare System


Empowering Direct Care Workers in LTC to Improve                            June 10, 2015

Oral Care in the Elderly

              Oral Palliative Care in LTC (national webinar)

              New York University; College of Nursing


Advancing and Enhancing Palliative Care in New Jersey                            November 20, 2014

              2014 NJHPCO Annual Conference

              New Jersey Hospice & Palliative Care Organization


Achieving Quality Palliative Care                                                                      May 13, 2011

              New Trends in Pain and Palliative Care

              Englewood Hospital & Medical Center


Palliative Care Across the Continuum                                                        November 7, 2010

              Updates in Nursing Practice

              Ramapo College Nursing Program Honor Society




Honors and Awards


      Outstanding Preceptor Award – Palliative Care                                          June 2019

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

      Caregiver of the Month                                                                                    June 2017

VA New Jersey Healthcare System

      Semi-finalist:  Long Acting Opioid Safety                                                        April 2016

                            VHA Diffusion of Excellence Initiative

      25 Year Service Award                                                                                    May 2011

                            Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

      Distinguished Graduate Student in Palliative Care                                          May 2010

                            New York University, College of Nursing

      George Elliott Scholarship Award                                                                      May 2009

                            Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

      Robert Porter Scholarship                                                                                    April 2009

                            American Federation of Teachers

      20 Year Service Award                                                                                    May 2006

                            Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

      Meritorious Achievement Award                                                                      March 2002

              Health Professionals & Allied Employees

      System Manager of the Year Award                                                                      March 2000

                            Marquette Medical Systems

      Professional Excellence Award – Adult Inpatient                                          May 1997

                            Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

      Level III Clinical Nurse                                                                                      January 1992

Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

      O'Donnell Award for Professional Excellence                                           May 1991

St. Peter's College

      Van Houten Nursing Scholarship                                                                        January 1988

Saint Peter's College

      Alumni Association Scholarship                                                                        May 1986

Englewood Hospital School of Nursing





Academic Clinical Experience




Spring 1994

Development, Implementation, & Presentation of Critical Care Family Needs Research Project

  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ

Spring 1995


Spring 1996

Expert Practice, Education, & Cardiac Experience:

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ

100 Hours Final Role Nurse Practitioner Internship:

Fast track and emergency room advanced practice nursing

  • Saint Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ



Post Graduate:


June 2009




Fall 2009





Summer 2010






Summer 2015





Palliative Care Advanced Practice Fellowship:

Assessment and treatment of adult patients requiring palliative and end of life care; Participation in all aspects of palliative care teamwork

  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY


Palliative Care APN Clinical Practicum:

Assessment and treatment of adult inpatients requiring palliative and end of life care with emphasis on critically ill patients and patient & family care conferences

  • University Hospital, Newark, NJ


Advanced Palliative Care APN Practicum:

Assessment and treatment of adult inpatients and home hospice requiring palliative and end of life care with emphasis on common chronic disease states and HIV-AIDS

  • Broadway House, Newark, NJ
  • The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care APN Clinical Practicum:

Assessment and treatment of adult inpatients requiring acute hospitalization with emphasis on critically ill patients

  • VANJHCS, East Orange, NJ






Current Licenses and Certifications


                         Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner                                          December 2015

              Certification # 2015016358

                         Advanced Practice Nurse, State of New York                                          May 2013

License # 480799-1

                         Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse (ACHPN)                            December 2010

Certification # 310400011

                         End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Instructor                            October 2009

Core Curriculum and Critical Care

                         Advanced Practice Nurse, State of New Jersey                                          August 1996

Certification # 26NN088476

NPI # 1144546144   DEA # MP2241800

      Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)                                          June 1996

American Heart Association

      Registered Professional Nurse, State of New York                                          May 1996

License # 480799-1

      Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)                                                        February 1988

Certification # 60231

      Registered Professional Nurse, State of New Jersey                            July 1986

License # 26NO088476

      Basic Cardiac Life Support Provider (BCLS)                                                        May 1982

American Heart Association




Professional Affiliations


      American Association of Critical Care Nurses

      Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

      New Jersey Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse Consortium:

Vice President – Education




Related Affiliations


      Kadampa Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain

      Buddhist Meditation Instructor (NKT-IKBU)