Nancy Fishwick, PhD, RN, FNP


Nancy Fishwick, PhD, RN, FNP, has served on the faculty of The University of Maine School of Nursing since 1993. She is a family nurse practitioner with teaching expertise in primary health care for adults, including issues of aging adults. Dr. Fishwick has over 30 years of experience in rural primary health care and in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her research has explored women’s decisions to disclose or reveal abuse during health care visits. Dr. Fishwick serves on the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel and the Maine Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Panel. She maintains clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner with The Acadia Hospital and with St. Joseph Internal Medicine, both in Bangor, ME.

“I am pleased to contribute to this effort to help professionals like me: someone who was prepared as a generalist for a particular aspect of health care (primary health care through the lifespan) but who is now caring for older adults in a variety of settings, some of whom are in robust good health and others who are coping with chronic and acute health conditions. We cannot all be gerontologic specialists, but health and human service providers can acquire the essential knowledge and skills to work as collaborative interprofessional teams to meet the diverse needs of older adults.”