Mary Brennan


Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

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Professional overview

Dr. Mary M. Brennan is the Program Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She received her MS from Boston College and a DNP from Case Western Reserve University. Her DNP Project was conducted in Accra, Ghana, where she taught nurses the principles of pediatric resuscitation to improve the care of infants and children treated in the emergency room.
As an educator, she has developed an innovative, problem-based curriculum, using evidence-based practice, to cultivate the art and science of clinical decision-making for adult patients with acute, critical and chronic illnesses. She has designed a virtual hospital called "Acute Care General Hospital" with a contextualized learning environment that provides students with multiple opportunities to practice clinical decision-making. Most recently, she has led an interprofessional curricular initiative with the NYU Dental and Nutrition Programs, focused on developing video case studies to promote collaboration in meeting the nutrition, oral health and systemic health needs of hospitalized adult patients (NOSH Initiative). She is the lead author of a systematic review team, part of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, investigating the effectiveness of whitening toothpastes. In her practice, Mary specializes in the provision of advanced practice nursing care for hospitalized patients with acute, critical, and chronic cardiovascular illnesses.

DNP(2010) - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
MS(1990) - Boston College, Boston, MA
BS(1986) - Salem State University, Salem, MA
Honors and awards
Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2015)
Named - 16 Great Acute Care Professors (2014)
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award at New York University (1996)
Massachusetts Nurse of the Year Award (1986)
Hunt Hospital Nurse of the Year Award (1986)
Non-communicable disease
Primary care
Acute care
Professional membership
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
American Nurse's Association
American Academy of Nursing Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Evaluation of the clinical hour requirement and attainment of core clinical competencies by nurse practitioner students.

Hallas, D., Biesecker, B., Brennan, M., Newland, J. A., & Haber, J. (2012). Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 24, (544-53). 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00730.x

The purpose of this study was to analyze the national practice of fulfilling 500 clinical hours as a requirement for graduation from nurse practitioner (NP) programs at the master's level and to compare this standard to a comprehensive approach of evaluating attainment of clinical competencies.

Chronic lung disease

Brennan, M (2009). In Marianne Matzo, Deborah Witt Sherman, Palliative care nursing: Quality care to the end of life Palliative care nursing : quality care to the end of life (271-284). New York : Springer Publishing Company.