Mary Chesney

NURSING Faculty Chesney MaryMary Chesney, PhD, APRN, CPNP, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor

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Office Location:
6-127 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Co-operative Unit:
Child and Family Health

Center Membership:
Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Education Background:
B.A. Nursing, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
MS Public Health Nursing (PNP Program), University of Minnesota-TC
PhD Nursing (Children with Special Health Care Needs Program), University of Minnesota-TC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1981, National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners & Nurses

Teaching Interests:
Public policy, nursing and health care leadership, pediatric primary care, care of children and youth with special health care needs, APRN roles and issues

Research/Scholarship Interests:
APRN education, practice, utilization, and workforce issues
Health care access and quality of care for children with special health care needs
Health reform/transformation and new models of patient-centered care delivery
Family adjustment following international adoption and special needs adoption

Public Policy and Professional Leadership Experience:

  • Appointed as National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) representative to the national Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative (2015 to present)
  • President of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015)
  • Chair/President (2009-2014) of the MN APRN Coalition
  • Leader of the 2013-2014 legislative campaign to pass legislation granting Minnesota APRNs full practice authority
  • National Health Policy Chair for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (2010-2013)
  • Appointed APRN Representative on the Minnesota Action Coalition to advance the IOM Future of Nursing agenda in Minnesota (2010 – present)
  • Appointed by MN Commissioner of Health to serve as Co-Chair of the MN Department of Health’s Health Care Homes Performance Measurement Workgroup (2009 – 2012)
  • Appointed by MN Legislature to MN Legislative Health Care Access Commission’s Healthcare Workforce Shortage Workgroup (fall 2010)
  • Appointed to MN Board of Nursing APRN Consensus Model Task Force (December 2009 – February 2010)
  • Appointed by MN Commissioners of Health and DHS to Minnesota Quality Improvement Institute (September 2009 – 2010)
  • Appointed as MN Nurses Association representative on Minnesota Health Care Reform Review Council (2008 – 2010)
  • Appointed by MN Legislative Health Care Access Commission as APRN representative on the Cost Containment Work Group August to November 2007

Selected publications:

Chesney, M. L. (2015). President’s message: Increasing families’ healthcare access and choice through full practice authority. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29, 219-221*

Chesney, M. L. (2014). President’s message: Education—an important prescription for health. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 374-375*

Chesney, M. L., & Duderstadt, K. G. (2013). Affordable Care Act: Medicaid expansion key to increasing access to care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 312-315

Chesney, M. & Lindeke, L. L. (2012). Accountable Care Organizations: Advocating for children and PNPs within new models of care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 312-316

Lindeke, L., Anderson, S., Chesney, M., & O’Connor-Von, S. (2010). Family-centered health care/medical home: APN role in shaping new care models. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 24, 413-416

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