Mary values nursing education! She graduated from Saint Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 with a diploma in nursing, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Webster College, St. Louis, in 1982. She also attained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1984.
Mary has been a critical care nurse for over 30 years. Since 1995, she's been a clinical nurse specialist, medical cardiology, at Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, where she oversees heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist device nursing care. Mary is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and belongs to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Mary has also received national recognition for her nursing achievements, such as when she was ranked on the 1993-1994 list of "Who's Who in American Nursing." Mary has been described as a "prolific educator and lecturer" (AACN website, 2011). She has given more than 100 presentations on professional topics, including healthy work environments, nurse retention, and evidence-based practice. Mary has also presented numerous clinical topics related to ventricular assist devices and pulmonary arterial hypertension.