Pakieser, MSN, RN, BC-FNP, has remained true to clinical nursing practice for
over four decades. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including
acute care, home care /hospice, rehabilitation coordination, and in a
transitional home for patients with brain injury. She is currently a family
nurse practitioner at the Traverse Health Clinic providing integrated care that
includes primary care and mental health services to an underserved population.
Pakieser has long been an
advocate for vulnerable populations within her community, including pregnant
teens, the uninsured, and the working poor. She worked as a nurse practitioner
at the Traverse City VA Clinic from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, Pakieser was
clinical director and nurse practitioner at the Northwest Michigan Health
Services Migrant Health Clinic.
Pakieser’s advocacy extends to
the public policy realm; she has provided testimony to the Michigan legislature
on two occasions: to promote support for nursing education and to promote safe
and healthy working conditions for nurses. As president of the Michigan Council
of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), she helped push for a bill to allow nurse
practitioners to practice independently from physicians. She remains an active
member of MICNP.
She has extensive volunteer
experience. In addition to being a member of the Michigan Department of
Community Health Task Force on Nursing Practice, Pakieser served on the boards
of directors for the Michigan Center for Rural Health as well as the Traverse
Health Clinic. She is a founding member and past president of ANA-Michigan and
also held numerous leadership positions in the Michigan Nurses Association,
including president from 1999-2003.
The recipient of many honors,
Pakieser was named the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ 2013 Nurse
Practitioner of the Year (Michigan). In 2006, she received the Carol E. Franck
Nursing Leadership Award from the Michigan Center for Nursing for her advocacy
on behalf of the state’s nursing profession. In 2005, Pakieser presented with
the Michigan Nurses Association’s Bertha Culp Human Rights Award for her
service to vulnerable populations.
her initial nursing diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing, her BSN degree
from Ferris State University, and her MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner specialty
from Vanderbilt University. Pakieser is certified by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.