Mary is the DON for a 254 bed skilled/long-term facility, in Omaha NE. With Mary’s guidance and leadership the facility has held the CMS Nursing Home Compare distinction of being a five (5) star nursing home consistently since 2008. Mary takes great pride in the quality of care provided. She works hard to ensure that quality nursing care is a priority and that it is kept as the center focus of the services provided.
After obtaining her ASN, Mary went on to obtain both a BSN and a MSN in Nursing and an MBA all while working full-time as a Registered Nurse.
Mary is an active member of the Nebraska LANE for Advancing Excellence in American Nursing Homes. She played a major role in developing educational DVD’s on the prevention of pressure ulcers and pain management. She helped write the Role Description for the Rehabilitation Nurse in the Skilled Nursing Setting for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Mary is part of a Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative work group. The focus of this work group is to improve the transfer of information and communication between area Nursing Homes and Hospitals in order to improve the coordination of care.
Mary is a member of the American Association of Nurse Executives, the Nebraska Association of Nurse Leaders and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Mary has presented at conferences for LeadingAge Nebraska, The Pioneer Network, The Eden Alternative and the Nebraska Culture Change Coalition on topics related to the prevention of pressure ulcers, pain management, culture change and recruitment and retention.
Mary was nominated by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and served on a technical expert panel for a CMS project related to Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System.
Mary’s was born and raised on a farm in Iowa. Her passion for nursing sparked while helping care for her aging grandparents and working as a nursing assistant while attending high school and college.