114th Annual Convention – Palliative Care

Mary Kate Eanniello is the Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Mary Kate earned her BSN in Nursing Education from the University of Connecticut, MSN in Nursing Education from the University of Hartford, and her DNP in Nursing Leadership from Sacred Heart University. Mary Kate started her career at Hartford Hospital and has spent the majority of her career dedicated to oncology nursing and specifically patient, family and staff education as a nurse educator. She has served as the co-chair of the Hartford Hospital Clinical Nursing Practice Council and presently serves on the Hartford Healthcare Nursing Practice Council. She is an ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) trainer and an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. She also serves on the Connecticut Nursing Association (CNA) Government Relations Committee as well as representing CNA on the Department of Public Health Connecticut Public Advisory Council on Palliative Care. Mary Kate is also a director at large for the Central Connecticut Oncology Nursing Society.

Maryann Steed, RN, MSN, CHPN is a member of the palliative care team at Hartford Healthcare. Maryann has consulted with numerous patients and families to provide a holistic approach to care, offering education and guidance to support care that emphasizes patient values and preferences. Currently, Ms. Steed’s interest in education has shifted her focus to developing palliative care skills for clinicians throughout the system, providing ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) training and supporting a variety of educational programs. She also devotes her time to quality improvement initiatives, helping to grow the Palliative Care program based on national quality metrics.

Maryann earned her nursing degree from Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, CT. She obtained her Master’s in Nursing, with a concentration in education, in 2011 from the University of Hartford. She has earned and maintained certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) since 2006.


Elizabeth MB Visone, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, APRN, FAANP is certified in both Adult and Family Primary Care.  She has been providing primary care for over 20 years to adults.  She is currently providing Palliative Care full time to patients at home.  Dr. Visone specializes in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.  She is also the Assistant Medical Director at a rural Skilled Nursing Facility providing primary care and palliative care to her 125 residents.  Dr. Visone also sat on a Connecticut Department of Public Health Task force creating the MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) program and the task force that implemented its roll out. 



Cheryl Green, PhD, DNP, RN, LCSW, CNL, CNE, ACUE, MAC, FAPA is an Associate Professor at Southern Connecticut State University within the Department of Nursing and an Off-Shift Nurse Leader at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Green has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and a licensed clinical social worker for over 26 years. Areas of research include: Incivility, mental illness, medication error prevention, incivility and discrimination, prayer and spirituality, self-care, distraction, stress and anxiety, health disparities, nursing education, addictions, medical and surgical health issues, simulation, and mindfulness.




Katherine “Katie” Lepak, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker, with special interest in grief and bereavement and supporting young children through illness, grief and loss. During her early career, Ms. Lepak worked as a licensed clinical social worker for Connecticut Hospice and at Davita Dialysis, both informing her work in palliative care. Ms. Lepak has served as a Social Worker on the Palliative Care team at Hartford Hospital since 2015. In addition to her inpatient clinical work, she serves as co-facilitator of the hospital based bereavement support group, as well as faculty for the ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) education program. Ms. Lepak is a member of SWHPN: Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network and also sits on the CT Department of Public Health Palliative Care Advisory Committee.

Katie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Colby College in 2004 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2006. She completed a post graduate fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in 2007. Ms. Lepak completed specialty certification in Palliative Care, as one of the first cohorts in the field, in 2019.


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Course Includes

  • 3 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate