Margaret Ackerman

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department School of Nursing
Office Harrington Building 109
Phone 978.542.2784
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

NUR 370 Principles of Pharmacology
NUR 465 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
NUR 742N Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
NUR 814 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
NUR 835 Chronic Problems in Adult-gerontology Primary Care
NUR 836F Adult-gerontology Primary Care Ii: Field Experience
NUR 837 Complex Problems in Adult-gerontology Primary Care
NUR 838F Adult-gerontology Primary Care III Field Experience

Professional Biography

Dr Ackerman is a proud alumna of Salem State University School of Nursing. She has worked in a variety of roles during her clinical career, with a focus on underserved populations.  She has been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years and maintains clinical practice at North Shore Community Health Center.  She completed her DNP at Mass General Hospital school of Health Professions.  Her capstone project analyzed the decision making of health care proxys of people with dementia.  Dr. Ackerman received her certificate in adult primary care from Mass General Hospital School of Health Professions, a Master's in Nursing Administration from Hunter College in New York and a BSN from Salem State University.  

Professional Interests

Professional interests include geriatrics, palliative care, policy and health care disparities.  Her area of research focuses on the role of the nurse practitioner in an evolving healthcare system.  Dr. Ackerman served as Vice President and Legislative Chair of the Mass Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and is an active member in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, lobbying on measures impacting healthcare.

She is a freelance writer and often writes about issues in healthcare.  


Responsibilities are ensuring that students receive an excellent educational experience in the nurse practitioner program.  Courses include Role Preparation,  and Adult-gerontology Primary Care.

Selected Publications

Ackerman,M (2017). Choose your battles wisely: doctors and nurses need to stop fighting. Kevin MD, blog, June 2017.

Ackerman, M. (2016). Keep the care in care coordination. Clinical Advisor. March 2016. 108.

Ackerman, M. (2014).  God’s Junkyard. Disordered Writing, on line   literary journal.  Spring 2014.

 Ackerman, M. (2013).  A hero’s death.  Pulse, on line publication.  May 2013.

O’Rourke, N., Ackerman, M. and McKinnon-Howe, L. (2012). Health care Economics and Policy: Obstacles and Opportunities for Advance Practice.  Ahmed, Andrist, Davis and Fuller (Eds.), DNP Education, Practice and Policy: Redesigning advanced practice roles for the 21st Century. ( 245-258).  New York:  Springer, 2012.

Ackerman, M. (2012).  Safe at Home: to die in peace, commentary.  Clinical Advisor, April 2012.

Ackerman, M. (2007). Crossing Boundaries. In Boston Globe On Call publication.

Pasquarello- Ackerman, M & Miller, S.(1993). Trauma.  In Loftis & Glover (Eds.), Decision Making in Gerontological Nursing (pp. 72-4).  Missouri: Mosby, 1993.

Pasquarello-Ackerman, M. (1990). Measuring the impact of an acute stroke program on patient Outcomes.  Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 22, 76-82.

Pasquarello-Ackerman, M. (1990). Developing, implementing and evaluating a stroke recovery group. Rehabilitation Nursing, 15, 26-29.






Selected Presentations

Ackerman,M. (2017). The primary care shortage: are nurse practitioners the solution? Poster presentation, Salem State graduate research day, May 2017. Element Healthcare, Lynn Ma, June 2017.

Ackerman,M., Johnson, P.(2015). Aging with Dignity conference on substance use and related problems in Older Adults. Presented at: A Conference on presenting and responding to substance use in related problems in older adults, sponsored by Adcare. Presented Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA.

Ackerman, M.(2014). Return on investment of nurse practitioner practice: the CCA experience.  Boston State House, Nurse Practitioner proclamation day.

Ackerman, M.(2014). The Comprehensive Physical Training and Interpreting vital signs training. Eascare paramedic training.

Ackerman, M. (2011). Interpersonal collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes.  Oral presentation, University of Massachusetts, Worcester doctorate of clinical practice residency seminar.

Ackerman, M., Willette, T.  (2011).  Developing, implementing and measuring palliative care best practice guidelines in a Nurse Practitioner managed senior care options program, oral presentation, American Association of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference.

Ackerman, M. (2010). Developing and implementing best practice guidelines  for Commonwealth Care Alliance Senior Care Options Program,  a poster presentation.  Doctor of Nursing Practice Annual Conference.

Ackerman, M. (2009). Advance Directive Communication with Surrogate Decision Makers of Nursing Home Residents Diagnosed with Dementia: A Retrospective Record Review, a poster presentationAmerican Association of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference.

Ackerman, M. (2008).The Nurse Practitioner as a primary care provider of nursing home patients: evidenced based practice to decrease hospitalizations.  Oral research presentation American Association of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference.

Ackerman, M. (2007). Decreasing Hospitalizations in fragile elders, a poster presentation.  American Association of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference.


Personal Interests

Cycling, skiing, reading, free lance writing, social justice.  Hanging out with family, friends and my dog.