Mary Chesney, PhD, APRN

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Clinical Professor, School of Nursing
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
“When it comes to meeting the current and future demands for primary health care, it’s an ‘all hands on deck’ moment in Minnesota and the nation. Advanced practice registered nurses have important roles to play in improving the health of our state and nation’s population.”

Mary Chesney, PhD, APRN, has current scholarship interest in areas including; health care delivery/reform models for children with special health care needs, utilization of advance practice registered nurses in new models of care, and family adjustment following international adoption and special needs adoption. Currently, she is a member of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research and Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Chesney is actively engaged in state and federal health policy issues. She has served appointments as an advanced practice nursing expert on numerous MN legislative health care reform and health care workforce workgroups from 2007 to present. Dr. Chesney currently serves as the President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is nationally recognized as an expert in advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice and reimbursement issues. She co-founded and chaired the MN APRN Coalition and led the organization as Chair/President from 2009 to July 2014. Recently, she led the organization’s successful 2013-2014 legislative campaign to bring full practice authority to Minnesota’s APRNs.