Mary Puchalski- DNP, APN, CNS, NNP-BC- “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome”
Dr. Puchalski received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from University of Illinois Chicago, master of science degree in parent-child nursing from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), postmaster’s certificate as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) from Rush University (Chicago, IL), and doctor of nursing practice degree from Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA). She is certified as a neonatal intensive care nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC), is a regional trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program and a lead instructor for the S.T.A.B.L.E.® Program.
With more than 27 years of clinical experience, Dr. Puchalski has worked as a staff nurse in all areas of the maternal-child nursing specialty, including mother/baby, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics and pediatric intensive care. She currently holds a clinical position as the director of the NNP program and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, as well as a neonatal nurse practitioner in Rush University Medical Center’s level IV NICU. She is the coauthor of the N-PASS: Neonatal Pain, Agitation and Sedation Scale, and has published articles as well as presents nationally on neonatal topics. The focus of her doctoral work was on evidence-based care for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
Dr. Puchalski was the recipient of the 2014 Procter & Gamble Doctor of Nursing Practice Post Master’s Scholarship though the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), 2014 March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (STTI), the International Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of numerous other professional nursing organizations.
Previously positions include: Lead of NNP Services at Rush University Medical Center, Perinatal Outreach Educator for Loyola University Chicago’s level III perinatal center, and neonatal-pediatric clinical nurse specialist. Professional activities have included memberships in the Illinois Department of Public Health Statewide NAS Committee, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) Quality Metrics Task Force, Perinatal Nursing Advisory Council for the Chicago Area March of Dimes, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Consulting Group, and peer review panel for Advances in Neonatal Care, the official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). She is an expert in PowerPoint slide creation/design, and has taught it to nurses and medical professionals across the U.S. She is the PowerPoint slide designer for all of the modules published by the S.T.A.B.L.E.® Program of Park City, Utah, an internationally recognized neonatal education company.