Parkinson's nurse specialists, along with The Edmond J. Safra Foundation, launched this program to improve the education of future nurses in order to meet the needs of the growing population living with Parkinson’s.
Affiliated with academic Parkinson's disease and movement disorders centers throughout the U.S., faculty members are Parkinson’s experts who represent multi-disciplinary teams.
Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P.
Co-Founder and National Director
Gwyn M. Vernon is a certified registered nurse practitioner who has cared for people living with Parkinson's since 1982. She is passionate in caring for those with Parkinson's and educating future generations of nurses on Parkinson's care.
Ms. Vernon is the national director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation, which she co-developed with Lisette Bunting-Perry, Ph.D., R.N. She served as a member of the planning committee and a faculty member for the foundation’s 2011 online course, Parkinson's Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses.
Ms. Vernon is one of the founding members of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to direct patient care, she has served as coordinator of the center and clinical researcher in past years.
She has authored more than 45 peer reviewed articles and chapters on Parkinson's and co-authored Comprehensive Nursing Care for Parkinson's Disease. Ms. Vernon speaks nationally and internationally on the topic. She obtained a master's degree in community health education and a master's of science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
The program acknowledges the contributions of co-founder Lisette Bunting-Perry, Ph.D., R.N., in developing this program.