Mary Brennan


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Mary Brennan


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

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Mary Brennan's additional information

Mary M. Brennan, AGACNP-BC, ANP, CNS, DNP, FAANP, is the program director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and a clinical associate professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In her clinical practice, Brennan specializes in the provision of advanced practice nursing care for hospitalized patients with acute, critical, and chronic cardiovascular illnesses. 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. As an educator, Brennan is interested in cultivating nurse practitioners' critical thinking and decision-making. As a DNP and an expert in quality improvement initiatives, Brennan teaches in the DNP Program and serves as a faculty mentor for a number of DNP students.

Brennan has received several curricular development challenge grants to design a virtual hospital called "Acute Care General Hospital," providing students with multiple opportunities to practice the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. Brennan has integrated a series of progressive simulations throughout the AGACNP Program, and has presented her work nationally and internationally on rapid-response simulations at the National Organization of Faculty Conference and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference. She serves on NONPF's simulation committee. In collaboration with the Silver School of Social Work and the Long Island College of Pharmacy, Brennan is integrating interprofessional simulations throughout the AGACNP Program. 

Brennan has also led an initiative in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to develop a culture of safety initiative designed to improve outcomes for patients with cardiac disease. Currently, she is collaborating with a team from Xiangya Hospital, Changsha, Hunan Province, China, to develop a culture of safety assessment in three different hospitals in Sierra Leone. She is the lead author of a systematic review team, part of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, investigating the effectiveness of whitening toothpastes.

In recognition of her exemplary teaching and learning approaches in nursing education, Brennan received the inaugural Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018.

Brennan earned her DNP from Case Western Reserve University and MS from Boston College. 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. 

DNP - Case Western Reserve University (2010)
MS - Boston College (1990)
BS - Salem State University (1986)

Non-communicable disease
Primary care
Acute care
Adult health
Faculty practice
Nursing education
Oral-systemic health
Underserved populations

American Academy of Nursing Practitioners
American Heart Association
American Nurse's Association
National League of Nursing
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Faculty Honors Awards

16 Great Acute Care Professors (2019)
16 Great Acute Care Professors (2018)
16 Great Acute Care Professors (2017)
Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, NYU Meyers (2017)
16 Great Acute Care Professors (2016)
Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2015)
16 Great Acute Care Professors (2015)
16 Great Acute Care Professors (2014)
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award, New York University (1996)
Massachusetts Nurse of the Year Award (1986)
Hunt Hospital Nurse of the Year Award (1986)


Real-time, simulation-enhanced interprofessional education in the care of older adults with multiple chronic comorbidities: a utilization-focused evaluation

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Hakuna matata: Our experiences as invited international nurse practitioner consultants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Should Marijuana be Legalized?

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Practice patterns and organizational commitment of inpatient nurse practitioners

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Home-based whitening toothpastes for the prevention and treatment of tooth staining in adults: Protocol

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Home-use whitening toothpastes for whitening teeth in adults

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Paediatric resuscitation for nurses working in Ghana: An educational intervention

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Crohn's disease in adults and children.

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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(9), 544-553. 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00730.x
Purpose: 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. Data sources: The National Organization of NP Faculties (NONPF) and specialty accreditation bodies publications were used for references to clinical hour and core competency requirements for graduation from NP programs. Data from one university from student documentation on a commercial electronic tracking system were also analyzed. Conclusions: Data analysis revealed that the 500 clinical hours correlated to populations, skills performed, required levels of decision making, and expected diagnoses. However, assurance that these clinical hour requirements translated to exposure to all core competencies for entry into practice could not be established. Implications for practice: A more comprehensive approach to the evaluation of student core competencies by implementing one or more performance-based assessments, such as case-based evaluations, simulations, or objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), as a strategic part of NP evaluation prior to graduation is proposed. This change is viewed as critical to the continued success of NP programs as master's level education transitions to direct BS to DNP educational preparation for advanced nursing practice.

Evidence-based care for patients with acute coronary syndrome in New York City

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