Mary Wright, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, is a principal lecturer I at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. Her clinical specialty is obstetrical nursing and she is licensed in New Mexico as an obstetric clinical nurse specialist. In addition, Wright maintains her certification in inpatient obstetrics and her added qualification in electronic fetal heart monitoring. She started teaching full time at the College of Nursing in 1998 and is a certified nurse educator. Her teaching has focused on concept-based learning, primarily with health and illness concept courses and maternal-newborn courses in the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She has taught Master of Science in Nursing courses and serves as a preceptor for graduate nursing education students.
Wright has also been a leader in curriculum revision and new curriculum design and development for the College. In 2015, she began working with the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC), a collaborative of every state-funded nursing program in New Mexico, as outreach program manager. She works with faculty who teach the common statewide NMNEC nursing curriculum in schools throughout New Mexico, maintaining curricular integrity and conducting program evaluation and faculty development. Wright also assists with data collection for a National Council of State Boards of Nursing research project, â€œAre There Outcome Differences Between NMNEC ADN, BSN, and ADN/BSN Co-Enrolled Students: Testing an Educational Model for Academic Progression in Nursing,â€ scheduled to finish data collection in 2019.
Wright earned her Master of Science in Nursing (1993, with a dual focus in community health and nursing administration) and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1989) degrees from UNM.