Mary H. Peterson, DNP, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K

Barbara Wilder

Assistant Professor
(334) 844-7080

DNP - University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Nursing

MSN- UAB School of Nursing Cardiovascular

BSN- Samford University School of Nursing, Birmingham, AL

BS- Auburn University, Biology

AND- Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL

Evidence Based Practice, Critical Care, Cardiology, End of Life, Palliative Care, Ethics, Active Learning and Team Based Learning, Inter-professional Education and Practice

Teaching Areas
Evidence-Based Practice; Advanced Medical-Surgical Concepts, Leadership

Prolonged life sustaining treatments, Futile care, Supporting patients and families after critical illness, and palliative care referral patterns

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN); Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM);  American Nurses Association (ANA);  Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Theta Delta Chapter;  American College of Cardiology, Cardiac Care Associate (ACC-CCA); American Heart Association (AHA); Preventive Cardiology Nursing Association (PCNA).

Mary Peterson rejoined the Auburn University School of Nursing in August, 2015.  She teaches evidence-based practice in the undergraduate and graduate nursing program. Dr. Peterson has over 35 years of clinical, administrative and teaching experience with a focus on high acuity/critical care. She has served on national committees for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses including Evidence-Based practice Resource Work Group, Beacon Award for ExcellenceTM  Review Panel, and Cardiac Medicine Certification subspecialty Exam development.  She holds national board certifications in advanced nursing administration (NEA-BC) and critical care (CCRN-K).


Recent Publications

Peterson, M., Barnason, S., Donnelly, W., Hill, K., Miley, H., Riggs, L, & Whiteman, K.

(2014).  Choosing the Best Evidence to Guide Clinical Practice: Application of AACN Levels of Evidence. Critical Care Nurse, 34(2),58-68. doi: 10.4037/ccn2014411.


Recent Invited Presentations (2010-2016)


“ICU Patients Receiving Prolonged Life Sustaining Treatments” Poster Presentation,

American Association of Critical care Nurses, National Teaching Institute™ (NTI) and Critical Care Exposition, New Orleans, LA, May 15-18, 2016.


“ICU Patients Receiving Prolonged Life Sustaining Treatments” Oral and  Poster Presentation, Society Critical Care Medicine, 45th Critical Care Congress, Orlando, FL, February 21-24, 2016.


“Nursing Practice: Knowing What to Keep and What to Throw Away” Concurrent Session

Podium Presentation, American Association of Critical-care Nurses, National Teaching Institute™ (NTI) and Critical Care Exposition, Boston, MA, May 20, 2013.


“Linking National Hospital Quality and Safety Initiatives to Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum” Podium Presentation, National League for Nursing Education Summit 2011: Leading Academic Progression, Advancing the Health of the Nation, Orlando, Florida, September 23, 2011.


“Improving Health and Reducing Disparities in Chronic Health Conditions: National Quality and Safety Initiatives” Podium Presentation, National Black Nurses Association

38th Annual Institute and Conference: Working to Transform Nursing Practice Through Health Care Reform, San Diego, California, August 3-8, 2010.