Lorie Hacker, DNP, MSNed, NP-C, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor

(317) 955-6148
Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Room 309G


Dr. Hacker has been a nurse for over 21 years working in a variety of nursing positions such as emergency, geriatrics and palliative care. Much of this time she has been affiliated with Franciscan Health. She has been a nurse educator for 17 years working with pre-licensure and post-licensure nursing students and is a certified nurse educator from the NLN. She is a Simulation Scholar and was a member of the research team for the NCSBN Simulation Study in 2014. She serves on the board of directors for Faith Community Nurses International and is the Practice committee chair.


  • Touro University Nevada, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2021
  • Indiana University, Post-Master's Certification in Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practictioner, 2016
  • University of Indianapolis, Master of Science in Nursing Education, 2010
  • Indiana Weselyan University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006
  • University of Indianapolis, ​Associate of Science in Nursing, 1999

Professional affiliations

  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Faith Community Nurses International

Work history​

  • Amedisys - Palliative Care Connections
  • Franciscan Physician Network
  • Franciscan Health

Area of expertise​

  • Geriatrics
  • Palliative & Hospice Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Faith Community Nursing

Teaching interests/focus​

  • Pathophysiology
  • Simulation
  • End of Life Care
  • Faith Community Nursing

Research interests/focus

  • Simulation
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Faith Community Nursing

Personal interests​

  • Gardening
  • Quilting
  • Reading

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