Michele Lovell, MS, APRN, FNP-C is CEITL’s 2022-2023 Faculty Fellow. Michele earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Philosophy from UNH in 1990. She continued her education at the university earning a M.S. in Nursing in 2006 and a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner in 2013. Her master’s project and research in 2006 directly contributed to the establishment of a palliative care specialty practice continuing today, supporting individuals, families, and clinicians in NH. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) at UNH with expected completion in December 2023.
Michele’s research interests encompass the care of the older adult and those with serious complex illness, with attention to symptom management, advance care planning and goals of care discussions and the role of palliative care in enhancing outcomes, quality of life and well-being. Her current doctoral research focuses on the presence of frailty, the impact to individuals, families, communities and stakeholders, and the potential mitigation of contributing factors. She investigated the social model of care at Humanitas in Deventer, Netherlands, working with an honors student to conduct qualitative research, the completion of which was selected for presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society and won the UNH College of Health and Human Services Grimes Award. She also was guest faculty at Rotterdam University, presenting “The Cost of Aging in America” to Dutch nurse practitioner students. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice Help Foundation, an organization serving the urgent needs of vulnerable hospice patients and is an active member of the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition, as both a standing member and on the education sub-committee, providing teaching to clinicians across New Hampshire. She was faculty on the AHRQ National Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) between November 2020 and March 2021.
Michele has extensive teaching experience both within academia and in professional practice. At UNH, she has taught across the nursing undergraduate curriculum, serving as faculty in didactic, clinical, laboratory and simulation courses. She was the recipient of the 2016 UNH College of Health and Human Services Excellence in Teaching Award. Employing innovative teaching and learning strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic, she adapted and created curriculum to meet the needs of students and clinical partners in a changing healthcare environment. Within professional practice, Michele continues to provide formal and informal education to clinicians, patients and families, the public, and those she mentors. Most recently, she was awarded the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Certificate in Effective College Instruction after successful completion of the associated 9-month course. She has led the curriculum revision committee since January 2021, spearheading the ongoing revision of nursing curriculum to meet new accreditations standards. Since 2014, she has worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNH.