Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, is the founder, president and principal lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. (FHEA), an international provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers.
More than 60,000 nurse practitioners have used the Fitzgerald review course to successfully prepare for certification.
An internationally recognized presenter, Dr. Fitzgerald has provided thousands of programs for numerous professional organizations, universities, national and state healthcare associations on a wide variety of topics including clinical pharmacology, assessment, laboratory diagnosis, healthcare and nurse practitioner practice. For more than 20 years she has provided graduate-level pharmacology courses for nurse practitioner students at a number of universities including Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts), Husson College (Bangor, Maine), University of Massachusetts Worcester, Pennsylvania State University, La Salle University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama). In addition, she is a family nurse practitioner at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, Massachusetts, and adjunct faculty for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Family Practice Residency Program. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Alumni Association Award for Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of vision and accomplishments in successfully developing and promoting the nurse practitioner role, the American College of Nurse Practitioner’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award and the Outstanding Nurse Award for Clinical Practice by the Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Council. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a charter fellow in the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr.
Fitzgerald is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and is the first nurse practitioner to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in recognition of excellence and integrity as a speaker. She is also certified by the American Board of Comprehensive Care as a Diplomate of Comprehensive Care (DCC), a designation available to DNP graduates who are licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and nationally certified in an APRN specialty.
Dr. Fitzgerald is an editorial board member for the Nurse Practitioner Journal, Medscape Nurses
, Lexi-Comp, Inc., American Nurse Today
, and Prescriber’s Letter.
She is widely published with more than 100 articles, book chapters, monographs, and audio and video programs to her credit. Her book, Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation
(2nd edition) received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Advanced Practice Nursing and has been published in English and Korean. She has provided consultation to nursing organizations in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Fitzgerald is an active member of numerous professional organizations at national and local levels.