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Maryville University

Elizabeth Johns

Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and Assistant Professor of Nursing

Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Academic Bio

Elizabeth Johns, DNP, AGACNP-BC, PM-BC, CHPN, has more than 20 years of nursing experience and over 10 years of health care education experience. She is the coordinator for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at Maryville University. Prior to becoming the coordinator in January 2021, Dr. Johns was an adjunct and lead instructor in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program for six years.

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Dr. Johns earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Deaconess College of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing with a Healthcare Education focus from the University of Phoenix. Since beside patient care was important to Dr. Johns, she attended St. Louis University and earned a Post-Master’s Certificate as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Johns finds educating the next generation of nurse practitioners to be rewarding. It was due to Dr. Johns’ commitment to her profession and students that she continued her education at Maryville University and earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Maryville University.


Dr. Johns continues to practice as a hospitalist nurse practitioner in a community hospital. Prior to her hospitalist role, she was a palliative care nurse practitioner in a hospital setting. In addition to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification, Dr. Johns is board-certified in two other specialties: pain management and hospice/palliative care nursing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospital medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Hospice care
  • Pain management
  • Complex disease management
  • Home care


Professional Memberships


  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Nurses Association
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice
Contact Info

Phone: 314-529-6573


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