Dr. Joyce Merrigan is a dynamic, passionate educator. She has been a labor and delivery nurse and perinatal bereavement coordinator providing bereavement care to women and their families since 2002. Her many hospital positions include labor and delivery nurse, Bereavement Coordinator and Patient Care Coordinator. She actively collaborated on various hospital committees including Magnet, Baby Friendly, USA, AWHONN Postpartum Hemorrhage and Perinatal Safety Committees. She has demonstrated leadership in quality improvement, project management and strategic planning and implementation. She is an accomplished transformational leader and patient care coordinator in the hospital & healthcare industry.
She is a member of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s Perinatal Bereavement and Fetal Infant Mortality Review committees. Joyce has advocated on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for respectful disposition and is a published author, national and international speaker advocating for bereavement education for nursing staff providing care to women experiencing pregnancy loss. Dr. Merrigan provides gold standard, evidence-based bereavement education as an independent contractor and national faculty member.
Dr. Merrigan collaborated with the National Perinatal Association for the Practice Statement on Perinatal Bereavement Care for Miscarriage in the Emergency Department and is a member of AWHONN; ANA; NJSNA; HPNA; NPA; INA; PLIDA, and NAPW. She maintains a certification in Obstetrics and Perinatal Loss Care. She earned her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) from Capella University and her published manuscript focused on perinatal bereavement education of nurses with particular application to miscarriage in the emergency department.