Nancy Dudley earned an MA in Gerontology from SF State, and has a BSN from USF. At SF State, Nancy wrote her Gerontology master’s thesis on "Palliative Care in Long-Term Care." She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Nursing Health Policy at UCSF. Her research focuses on early integration of community-based palliative care for management of chronic illness in the elderly.
Her internships, while a student at SF State, included redesigning a medication administration program for a large non-profit community-based organization, creating an intake and quality measurement system in assisted living and a delirium program for skilled nursing facility. Her project for a health policy class at SF State, an evidence-based fall prevention program, was presented to and adopted by a local city. Nancy is a volunteer for the Council on Aging Silicon Valley where she is leading a review of programs and services to examine gaps in services for vulnerable older adults in Santa Clara County.
Her education at SF State has provided her the foundation to give community lectures and professional presentations on aging such as dementia and aging, delirium, healthy nutrition, fall prevention, and palliative care.