Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE, FAAN

Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Administrator, Assistant Dean, Director of Specialty Education
Joined Rush in 1986


Over the course of my time at Rush, I have worked as a clinical manager in the hospital (with an appointment in the College of Nursing), conducted research, taught at all levels of the curriculum, and served as the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. I have also published articles related to the safety of inpatient units.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was attracted to nursing because of my interest in making a difference in people’s lives. Over the course of my career, I have remained invested in the field because of the wide range of possibilities.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I have been able to hold a variety of positions at Rush, which has enabled me to learn and grow in my work. I have always enjoyed the people I work with and have a great deal of respect for their expertise.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I have enjoyed being a mentor. Mentoring has enabled me to get to know my mentee in a different capacity.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Make a commitment to be a lifelong learner. The health care field has changed dramatically over the course of my career, and it has brought great opportunities for exploring new avenues.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy knitting and photography.