Mary Jo Vetter


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Mary Jo Vetter


Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director, DNP

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Mary Jo Vetter's additional information

Mary Jo Vetter, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, is the director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program and a clinical associate professor at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the creation, deployment, clinical, and business oversight of new evidence-based models of care provided by interprofessional teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation therapists, and licensed clinical social workers with an emphasis on telehealth/telemedicine, integrated medical and behavioral health care, transitional care, and palliative care. She has functioned as an administrator and clinician in nurse-managed primary health care, specifically in ambulatory care and home-based settings. Vetter has demonstrated expertise in facilitating evidence-based practice improvement initiatives in a variety of settings and is currently an attending nurse with the Center for Innovation and Advancement of Care at NYU Health. In private practice, she is a geriatric primary care provider and care manager.

As a Lean Six Sigma greenbelt practitioner and a Lean Launchpad educator, she concentrates on integrating quality improvement, entrepreneurship, and business start-up expertise into nursing education. She has focused on care delivery to vulnerable populations in urban settings and consulted locally and internationally to promote the advanced practice nursing role in NP-led primary care. In addition, she has expertise in a variety of public health-related nursing areas, including occupational health, emergency preparedness, and grant management. 

Vetter received her DNP and MA from Rutgers University and BSN from New Jersey City University.

DNP - Rutgers University (2013)
MS - Rutgers University (1996)
BSN - New Jersey City University (1984)
Diploma - Christ Hospital School of Nursing (1979)

Home care
Primary care
Underserved populations

American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
American Telemedicine Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association
International Council of Nurses
International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Sigma Theta Tau International
Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders (SONSIEL)

Faculty Honors Awards

2nd Place Team, 1st Annual HealthCare Makerthon Venture Support, VirtuCare Start-Up at NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (2016)
Academic Merit Award, Rutgers School of Nursing (2014)
Advance for Nurses, GEM Award Finalist in the Leading and Advancing the Profession category (2014)
Innovation in Servant Leadership Award for contributions to post Superstorm Sandy community relief efforts, VNSNY (2013)
Award for Advancing Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement, VNSNY (2012)
Innovator Award for success in spreading transitional care practice models, VNSNY (2011)
Grace E. Davidson Award for the Nurse Administrator, NYU Meyers (2008)
Sigma Theta Tau, Multi-Media Award, Community Based Primary Health Care Centers in Newark, NJ (1998)
Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners


A comparative study of PhD and DNP nurses in an integrated health care system

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Integrating Climate Change in the Curriculum: Using Instructional Design Methods to Create an Educational Innovation for Nurse Practitioners in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

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Utilizing a Standardized Handoff Initiative Incorporating Both Medical Clearance Postoperative Recommendations and Orthopaedic-Specific Context to Improve Information Transfer

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Design and outcomes of a nurse practitioner preceptor development program

Hallas, D., Haber, J., Biesecker, B., Hartnett, E., Toft Klar, R., Djukic, M., Apold, S., Vetter, M. J., McMillan, A., Brilliant, M., Baldyga, J. A., Waingortin, R., & Fletcher, J. (2021). Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 33(11), 1007-1016. 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000570
ABSTRACT: Nurse practitioners (NPs) are educated to provide high-quality patient- and family-centered care to underserved, culturally diverse, medically complex populations. Nurse practitioner faculty plan curricular activities that challenge NP students to critically assess individuals and populations with the goal of preparing NP students to be "practice-ready" upon graduation. Nurse practitioner clinical training occurs in practice settings with NP preceptors, with specific areas of clinical expertise. However, there is a lack of NP clinical preceptors educationally prepared to clinically teach and evaluate NP students. This article presents the design, implementation, evaluation, and outcomes from a 3-year grant funded by the United States Human Resources and Administration Services that featured a web-based Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Development Program. Ninety percent of NPs who precepted NP students completed all web-based learning modules. Preceptors with educational preparation via online modules to guide NP student learning in clinical settings are a critical resource for faculty to prepare NP students to be practice-ready upon graduation. This web-based learning platform for online NP preceptor education may be a successful approach for expanding and improving the NP preceptor pool nationwide.

Using Lean Six Sigma to Increase the Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Program

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Gerontological Nursing

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Primary Care in the Home

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Telemedicine: Admission visit

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Future Directions in Healthcare Technology

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Tactics for Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Enhancing Active Learning Strategies With a Large Class of Graduate EBP Research in Nursing Students

Vetter, M. J., & Latimer, B. (2017). Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(5), 419-421. 10.1111/wvn.12227
This column shares the best evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas on how to facilitate the learning and implementation of EBP principles and processes by clinicians as well as nursing and interprofessional students. Guidelines for submission are available at