Kathryn Hughlock, DNP is a board certified adult geriatric nurse practitioner who specializes in palliative care. Her interests include, geriatrics, dementia, goals of care in the acute setting, pain/symptom management, spiritual assessment and well-being, and end of life care. “I was attracted to the field of palliative care because it allows you to truly provide holistic care for patients with serious illness. You have the opportunity not only to understand someone’s medical conditions, but who they are as a person--what they value, their hopes, fears--and then tailor their plan of care to match those individual needs.” She adds, “When it comes to working with people at the end of their life, I am honored to be allowed into people’s life during such a vulnerable time, and find it incredibly rewarding to be a part of making that time as meaningful and comfortable as possible, for the patient and their loved ones.”
Kathryn earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her nursing background started a as a nurse's assistant on a cardiology unit in Southern California. After completing her bachelor’s she continued to work in cardiology in Providence, Rhode Island. She then came to the PNW for graduate school where she continued to work at a local Seattle hospital. She completed her doctorate program at the University of Washington in 2014, where she studied adult geriatric care with a focus on palliative care.
Kathryn enjoys teaching other healthcare providers about palliative care. She has coordinated End of Life Nursing Education Curriculum courses, and guest lectures at the University of Washington, School of Nursing to provide students exposure to the field of palliative and end of life care. On her free time, Kathryn enjoys CrossFit, skiing, snowboarding and spending time with her rescue dog, Bear.