Julie Vosit-Steller, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN is Professor of Practice at Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her teaching and professional advanced practice focus is palliative and hospice care, oncology nursing across the curriculum, women’s health and advanced health assessment. She is the Program Director of Nursing@Simmons, the online FNP graduate program at Simmons College. The program is active nationally in training FNP students in a engaging, virtual format that includes both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and has nationally drawn more than 1000 students since its launch in October, 2014. She holds an adjunct faculty position in the School of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Vosit-Steller has initiated the foundation of four NP collaborative practices, including her current position as a consultant as a palliative care nurse practitioner at Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Faulkner, Boston, Massachusetts. She has been involved in this program from its inception. Prior to this position, she practiced as a palliative care consultant at Home and Hospice Care of RI, in Providence, RI. She is a founding member of the New England Alliance for Hospices of Hope, Romania. Her collaborative hospice work in Romania was the focus of her doctoral capstone project. This mix-methods study was the first to identify and explore end of life nursing actions that contributed to dignified death in Romania and to an international language of palliative care nursing at the end of life. The characteristics and actions that promoted dignified dying included the hospice nurses’ use of a formal, iterative process of assessment and interventions that supported pain and symptom management, and spiritual comfort for patients at the end of life. Continued work by the nurses at Hospice Casa Sperantei has enhanced global awareness of cultural and spiritual differences concerning end of life and facilitated international scholarly dialogue among nurse scientists. Dr. Vosit-Steller will continue her international palliative care collaboration in the Middle East with the Oncology Nursing Society and the Middle Eastern Cancer Consortium as a palliative care expert in Ankara, Turkey, educating nurses at Hacettepe University, in July 2014. She has authored more that 15 publications on this topic, and been involved in the publication of several book chapters.. She is a founding member of the Global Nursing Caucus, Boston, MA. Julie continues to pursue regional and national speaking engagements in pain and palliative care, women's health, gynecologic oncology and online nursing education and program development and leadership.