Julie Gates is a member of the nursing professional development team at Swedish American Hospital. She started her career on a medical-surgical floor where she became a preceptor and charge nurse and developed a passion for nursing education. She is a certified medical-surgical registered nurse and holds a master of science degree in nursing. She has held numerous leadership roles for the inpatient division. As part of these roles, she cared for and became passionate about end-of-life nursing care and became a planner for the end-of-life class.