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Mary Jo Vetter


Clinical Associate Professor
Director, DNP program


433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Mary Jo Vetter DNP, AGPCNP-BC is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the NYU Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Vetter is also a geriatric primary care provider and care manager in private practice. 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 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 home and community based settings. Dr. Vetter is the Co-Chair of the Telehealth Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses and a Lean Launchpad Educator focused on integrating business start-up expertise into nursing education using this methodology. A graduate of Rutgers University, 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, Dr. Vetter has expertise in a variety of public health related nursing areas including occupational health, emergency preparedness and grant management. 

Diploma, 1979, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, New Jersey
BSN, 1984, New Jersey City University, New Jersey
MS, 1996, Rutgers University, New Jersey
DNP, 2013, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Honors and awards
Advance for Nurses, GEM Award Finalist in the Leading and Advancing the Profession category (2014)
Academic Merit Award (Rutgers School of Nursing) (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)
The Innovator Award for success in spreading transitional care practice models (VNSNY) (2011)
The Grace E. Davidson Award for the Nurse Administrator who contributes to the nursing education experience (New York University School of Nursing) (2008)
Sigma Theta Tau, Multi-Media Award for “Community Based Primary Health Care Centers in Newark, New Jersey (1998)
Home care
Primary care
Professional membership
American Nurses Association
American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing
International Council of Nurses
American Academy of Home Care Medicine
American Telemedicine Association
National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Geriatric Society of America
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Foundation of New York State Nurses

The Influence of Clinical Decision Support on Diagnostic Accuracy in Nurse Practitioners.

Vetter, M. J. (2015). Worldviews on evidence-based nursing 12, (355-63). 10.1111/wvn.12121

Clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) at the point of care are evidence-based interventions that have demonstrated incremental positive impact on quality of healthcare delivery over the past two decades. Existing best practices inform strategies to promote adoption and achievement of targeted outcomes. The purpose of this improvement project was to conduct a pilot implementation to understand the contextual factors and readiness for dissemination of a newly acquired electronic CDSS by evaluating its influence on diagnostic accuracy in nurse practitioners (NPs) functioning in a community health setting.

Building bridges in academic nursing and health care practice settings.

Levin, R. F., Vetter, M. J., Chaya, J., Feldman, H., & Marren, J. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 23, (362-8). 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.01.025

The purpose of this article is to describe the development and implementation of a shared position with a focus on evidence-based practice (EBP) between the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University. A preexisting relationship between the two institutions in providing student experiences in a community setting paved the way for the evolution a new collaborative effort. The shared position was initially conceived by two of the authors as an outcome of research they were conducting in the home care setting, which tested a model of mentoring frontline nurses in the EBP process on health care professional and patient outcomes. An initial conception of the new role provided a working document for discussions between the two institutions and the creation of a workable contract. The implementation of several initiatives has already provided support for the position, and each partner has benefited from building this bridge between nursing education and service. Benefits include advancing knowledge of and implementing EBP in both settings and promoting collaborative, clinically related scholarship.

Evidence-based practice improvement: merging 2 paradigms.

Levin, R. F., Keefer, J. M., Marren, J., Vetter, M., Lauder, B., & Sobolewski, S. Journal of nursing care quality 25, (117-26). 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181b5f19f

This article presents a new model, Evidence-Based Practice Improvement, for improving patient care. The model merges 2 extant paradigms currently used for quality improvement initiatives-evidence-based practice and practice or performance improvement. The literature expounds on the virtues of each of these approaches, yet no authors have moved beyond parallel play between them. The merged model, Evidence-Based Practice Improvement, may provide a more effective and practical approach to reach our quality goals.

Fostering evidence-based practice to improve nurse and cost outcomes in a community health setting: a pilot test of the advancing research and clinical practice through close collaboration model.

Levin, R. F., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., Barnes, M., & Vetter, M. J. Nursing administration quarterly 35, (21-33). 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e31820320ff

Although evidence-based practice (EBP) improves health care quality, decreases costs, and empowers nurses, there is a paucity of intervention studies designed to test models of how to enhance nurses' use of EBP. Therefore, the specific aim of this study was to determine the preliminary effects of implementing the Advancing Research and Clinical practice through close Collaboration (ARCC) model on nurses' EBP beliefs, EBP implementation behaviors, group cohesion, productivity, job satisfaction, and attrition/turnover rates. A 2-group randomized controlled pilot trial was used with 46 nurses from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The ARCC group versus an attention control group had stronger EBP beliefs, higher EBP implementation behaviors, more group cohesion, and less attrition/turnover. Implementation of the ARCC model in health care systems may be a promising strategy for enhancing EBP and improving nurse and cost outcomes.