Mary Chesney, PhD, APRN, CNP, CPNP, FAAN

Clinical Professor
Mary Chesney


Office Address

6-127 Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Clinical Professor
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
Katherine R. & C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

MS, University of Minnesota
Major: Public Health Nursing, PNP Program

BAN, College of St. Catherine
Major: Nursing

Licensures and Certifications

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

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Dr. Mary Chesney, PhD, APRN, CNP, CPNP, FAAN, is a Clinical Professor at the UMN School of Nursing, and Katherine R. & C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Chesney is a nationally recognized nurse leader. 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. She has served seven appointments to Minnesota Legislative or executive branch work groups and has provided numerous legislative testimonies. She advocated for children’s health as Health Policy Chair and President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Mary co-founded the Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Coalition and led the coalition’s successful 2014 legislative campaign to enact full practice authority for Minnesota’s APRNs.

Research Summary

APRN utilization in new models of health care delivery.
Family adjustment after international adoption.
Neurobiological, cognitive, social, and emotional effects of early childhood deprivation (hospitalization or orphanage care).

Teaching Summary

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

Honors and Recognition

Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2020

Inducted as Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2016

Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 2016

Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2014

Health Policy Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 2012

President's Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2012

Professional Memberships

Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs

National Association of Pediatrics, Appointed

Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research


Selected Publications

Koschmann, K. S., Peden-McAlpine, C. J., Chesney, M., Mason, S. M., Hooke, M. C., 2021. Urban, Low-Income, African American Well-Child Care: Comparison of Parent and Healthcare Provider Experiences and Expectations. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 25 (11): 1677-1688.

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 (6): 724-728.

Sabo, J. A., Chesney, M., Tracy, M. F., Tracy, M. F., 2017. APRN Consensus Model Implementation: The Minnesota Experience. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 8 (2): 10-16.

Chesney, M. L., 2015. PNPs Needed to Influence and Leverage Resources to Confront Threats to Children’s Health and Well-Being. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29 (123-125):

Chesney, M. L., 2015. New NAPNAP’s Initiatives to Promote PNPs Leading and Shaping Pediatric Health Care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29 3-4.

Cerra, C., Drake, D., Sick, B., King, J. A., Chesney, M., Lutfiya, N., 2015. Building the Foundation for Culture Change through the Design, Implementation, and Assessment of an Interprofessional Education Intervention. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5 (1): 46-57.

Chesney, M. L., 2015. Increasing Families Healthcare Access and Choice Through Full Practice Authority. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29 219-221.

Chesney, M. L., 2014. Perfect Gifts: Time, Encouragement, and Expertise. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28 476-477.

Chesney, M. L., 2014. Education—An Important Prescription for Health. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28 374-375.

Raabe, V., Sauter, C., Chesney, M., Eckerlee, J., Howard, C., John, C., 2014. Hepatitis A Screening for Internationally Adopted Children from Hepatitis A Endemic Countries. Clinical Pediatrics, 53 31-37.

Chesney, M. L., 2014. Differentiating our Brand Highlights Our Value. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28 286-287.

Chesney, M. L., Duderstadt, K. G., 2013. Affordable Care Act: Medicaid Expansion Key to Increasing Access to Care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27 (4): 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 (4): 312-316.

Linkeke, Anderson, S., Chesney, M., O'Conner-Von, S., 2010. Family-Centered Health Care/Medical Home: APN Role in Shaping New Care Models. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 24 413-416.

Chesney, M., 2010. Bringing It all Together: Nurses’ Role Expands to Meet Need. Minnesota Health Care News, 8 (4): 12-13, 34.

Lindeke, L., Fulkerson, J., Chesney, M., Johnson, L., Savik, K., 2009. Children’s Perceptions of Healthcare Survey. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 33 26-31.

Mandalakas, A. M., Kircher, H. L., Iverson, S., Chensey, M., Spenser, M. J., Sidler, A., Johnson, D., 2007. Predictors of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection in International Adoptees. Pediatrics, 120 e610-e616.

Chesney, M., Lindeke, L., Jukkala, A., Lynch, S., 2005. Comparison of Child and Parent Satisfaction Ratings of Ambulatory Pediatric Subspecialty Care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 19 221-229.

Lindeke, L., Chesney, M., 1999. Reimbursement Realities of Advanced Practice Nursing Practice. Nursing Outlook, 47 248-251.


Selected Presentations

Chesney, M. L. "Be Their Voice: Advocating for Child & Teen Health in America", 27th National Conference of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Palm Beach, Florida, April 01, 2017.

Chesney, M. L., Sheehan, A. "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.

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT)
Principal Investigator: Chesney, Mary Lois
Sponsoring Organization: US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2011 - 2012