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Mary Chesney, MSN, PHD

Photo of Mary ChesneyAdjunct Faculty,
RN-BS Online Completion Track


Dr. Chesney joined the School of Nursing in 2016 as adjunct faculty in the RN-BS Online Completion Track. Prior to teaching at Boise State, she provided both face-to-face and online teaching at the University of Washington-Bothell RN to BSN program. In addition, she was clinical faculty in community health at Seattle University and taught online for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and the University of IL-Chicago in their online program.

Education background

Dr. Chesney earned bachelor’s degrees in Home Economics and Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master’s in Public Health with a maternal/child and adolescent nutrition focus from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University online. The focus was nursing education with a cumulative project evaluating the first year of an off campus RN to BSN program. Her PhD in Public Health was also earned online from Walden with a focus on community health education and program planning evaluating the experiences of Caucasian nurses who provided diabetes education to independently living Native Americans.

Work background-clinical and teaching

Dr. Chesney has practiced as a nurse in a variety of settings ranging from float pool to obstetrics, newborn intensive care and home health care. She also began a pharmacy based wellness program in the community, worked as both a nursing unit staff member and management in long-term care and inspected nursing homes for the State of Washington.

Teaching experience includes courses in population-focused health, nursing leadership, nursing informatics, evidence based practice and electives in nutrition and health literacy.

Dr. Chesney’s research interests are in how nurses communicate health information to patients (health literacy) and nutrition across the life span. She has contributed to professional newsletters for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the economic benefits of organic farming and nutrition literacy.

Teaching philosophy

Dr. Chesney believes that teaching is a collaborative effort between faculty and student. As an educator, she is responsible for directing students toward information and helping students clarify their understanding of the information. The student’s responsibility is to review the information to determine what it means for them and how the information is applicable it to practice.