As a teacher and a critical care nurse, Mary has a keen interest in the dynamics of human interaction. Whether in a classroom, a clinical area, or a simulation lab, she believes that the words we choose to use and the way we choose to say them can have a profound effect on learners’ motivation and their ability to take the next developmental step. It is on this teacher-learner interaction that Mary focuses her work.
Mary received her PhD from the University of Maryland, where her research focused on debriefing in simulation-based learning experiences. She is past director of the Debra L Spunt Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her work with the National League for Nursing, includes co-authoring two white papers: The NLN Vision for Teaching with Simulation and the NLN Vision for Debriefing Across the Curriculum. She was recently inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nurse Educators and continues to collaborate with the NLN. She is actively involved in both the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. With SSH, she led the development of the CHSE-A certification program. With INACSL, she has been involved in the ongoing development of the Standards of Best Practice: Simulation since their inception and has served on the Board of Directors.
She received her PhD from the University of Maryland.