Faculty images | Gail Kruse


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Specialty interests:

  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Role


University of Illinois-BSN
Northern Illinois University-MSN


Gerontological CNS, GCNS-BC
Advance Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, ACHPN

Current professional memberships

National Gerontological Nursing Association
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association

Personal Statement

I joined the SACN faculty in 2015 following 17 years of practice as a gerontological and palliative care clinical nurse specialist.  Prior to that, I worked in the Chicago area in the acute care setting with oncology and medical patients and in community health.  My community health experience particularly fostered my passion for older adults, their challenges, resilience, and wisdom. I currently live in Machesney Park with my husband, Mel; two grandsons, Devin and Dalton; three cats, Rosie, Perry, and Binks; and a beautiful white German Shepherd, Sasha.