Meet the FNP Director

family nurse practitioner program director

Alanna Kavanaugh worked as a nurse for 14 years in the Cardiac ICU at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Kavanaugh is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP), and she specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

When Kavanaugh decided to return to school for her graduate degree, she chose family practice because she prefers to talk to patients, interact with the families, and educate others on improving their health and overall well-being.

Once she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Kavanaugh began instructing undergraduate and graduate students while continuing her role as a nurse practitioner. Kavanaugh later became the clinical director of the college and ran the pulmonary critical care division.

After five years of teaching, Kavanaugh became the FNP program director at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where she grew the program to over 200 students. Under her leadership, the board certification pass rate exceeded 90%.

Kavanaugh is currently pursuing her doctorate in Nursing Education at Columbia University.

As the director for Goodwin’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, Kavanaugh looks forward to developing the best-educated family nurse practitioners in the state of Connecticut.

A message from Professor Kavanaugh

Hello, and thank you for your interest in the FNP program!

As a nurse, the world becomes your oyster of opportunities — and as a nurse practitioner, you will learn to harness your skills to become a mentor and leader in the healthcare field.

The FNP program at Goodwin University is entirely online, allowing nursing students to pursue a master’s degree in their free time. With the flexibility to be a student, nurse, parent, and individual, I hope to make education accessible to learners with busy lives and schedules.

Once enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, you will study one of the fastest-growing fields in medicine. This program is a rigorous journey, but if you stay focused on your goal, your hard work will pay off, and when you complete your education, you will be ready to practice.
Best regards,
Alanna Kavanaugh, FNP-BC, MSN, BSN, CCRN

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