Mary L. Chesney, PhD, APRN, CNP, FAANP, FAAN

Clinical Professor
Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Mary L. Chesney

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-1601

Office Address:
6-125A Weaver-Densford Hall

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

Clinical Professor
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
, Child Family Health Cooperative

PhD, University of Minnesota (Nursing, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program)

MS, University of Minnesota (Public Health Nursing, PNP Program)

BAN, College of St. Catherine (Nursing)


Dr. Mary Chesney is a Clinical Professor at the UMN School of Nursing. She’s been a certified pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. Her teaching, clinical, and scholarship expertise includes nursing leadership, U.S. health policy, advocacy for optimal child/youth health, APRN utilization and advocacy, pediatric primary care, and health system quality improvement. Mary’s leadership experience includes serving as Health Policy Chair (2010-2013) and President (2014-2015) of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She’s served a number of Minnesota legislative and executive branch appointments on health reform and health workforce task forces. Mary co-founded the MN APRN Coalition and led the Coalition’s successful 2014 campaign to bring full practice authority to Minnesota’s APRNs. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners - 2020
  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching Award 201
  • Inducted as Fellow - American Academy of Nursing - 201
  • Inducted as Fellow - American Association of Nurse Practitioners - 2016
  • President’s Award - National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners - 2012 & 2017
  • Health Policy Award - National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty - 2012

Professional Associations


Research Summary/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; parent-child attachment/relationship; neurobiological, cognitive, social, and emotional effects of early childhood deprivation (hospitalization or orphanage care).


Selected publications:

  • Chesney, M. L., & Duderstadt, K. G. (2017). States’ Progress Toward Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority: Contemporary Challenges and Strategies. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 31, 724-728.
  • Sabo, J., Chesney, M., Tracy, M. F., & Sendelbach, S. (2017). Minnesota’s experience with the APRN Consensus Model implementation. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 8(2), 10-16. doi:10.1016/s2155-8256(17)30093-5
  • Chesney, M. Keynote Presentation - Be Their Voice: Advocating for Child & Teen Health in America. 27th National Conference of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.
  • Chesney, M. & Sheehan, A. Plenary Presentation - Get Off the Sidelines: Why All PNPs and their Fellow Pediatric-focused APRNs Should Be in the Advocacy Game, 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, Denver, Colorado, March 19, 2017.
  • 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. L., & 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.


Academic Interests and Focus

Public policy; Nursing and health care leadership; Pediatric primary care; Care of children and youth with special health care needs; APRN roles and issues


Board Certifications

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