Courtney Cleveland is a supportive and palliative care nurse practitioner based in Fort Worth, Texas. She strives to improve the quality of life of her patients and their families by advocating for them and assessing their psychosocial well-being and social support network, along with their medical needs.
Courtney obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas Arlington. She made a career change to nursing in 2011 after working in oncology research and obtained her nursing degree from Texas Christian University. She then pursued a master’s degree in nursing and completed the family nurse practitioner program at Samford University. Courtney is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in nursing practice at the University of Texas Arlington.
As a critical care nurse for many years, Courtney found that the values and goals of patients are not being considered when developing a treatment plan, and so she was drawn to advocating for patients’ preferences regarding treatments. This led her to provide not only end-of-life care and support to patients but also the needed symptom management and psychosocial support through their terminal or irreversible illnesses.
As a palliative care nurse practitioner, Courtney also provides education to hospital staff and community partners in an effort to improve the communication between patients and their providers regarding their goals and values. Courtney highly values ethical and evidence-based practice.
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