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Mary Ann Zimmer, RN, MSN, CPN

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Mary Ann Zimmer


Assistant Clinical Professor

Undergraduate Nursing

Mary Ann Zimmer has over 30 years’ experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with infants, children, adolescents and adults. Several specialty areas throughout her career include working extensively providing care and education to patients with cystic fibrosis, asthma, diabetes and chronic obstructive lung disease. She has also worked in staff education at two large teaching hospitals in Philadelphia working with various members of the healthcare team to enhance knowledge and skills to improve patient safety and quality of care. She was instrumental at initiating the rapid response team and an American Heart Association training center within Temple Children’s Hospital. ZImmer worked as adjunct faculty at Drexel for six years prior to taking a full-time position working with students in hospitals throughout the region in both adult and pediatric medical surgical care units. She has a certification in pediatric nursing, is a basic life support instructor and has received education as a pediatric palliative care trainer.

Academic Distinctions

Recipient of the Daisy Award for Excellence in Nursing Education through demonstration of commitment and inspirational influence on nursing students.

Professional Society

Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, Society of Pediatric Nurses, Nursing of Children Network served as Board Member – Director of Education and as Secretary, American Heart Association Instructor Network serving on the Regional ECC Volunteer Subcommittee

Selected Publications

Her article, “Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of Relational Insights 360 (RI-360™) among Baccalaureate Nursing Students with the Use of Standardized Patients” has been accepted for publication in 2021 by the Journal of Nursing Measurement.

Research Interests

Utilizing standardized patients in simulated scenarios to teach communication skills and development of relationships to nursing students.

2016-present Villanova University Villanova, PA
PhD in Nursing

1999-2000 Eastern University St. David’s, PA
Postmaster’s Certificate in School Nursing

1992-1996 Villanova University Villanova, PA
M.S.N. Nursing Education
Clinical Area of Concentration: Maternal Child Health
Honors: Sigma Theta Tau induction 12/96

1980-1985Albright College Reading, PA
B.S. in Nursing
Honors: Dean of Students Award, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities