BIO:  Mary Beth Kuehn, Ed.D., R.N., P.H.N., is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Chair of the Nursing Department at St. Olaf College. Mary Beth has been a nurse educator for the past 24 years. She has served as a CCNE site visitor for pre-licensure accreditation. Interdisciplinary education is a new research focus emphasizing teamwork and a shared understanding of the roles and scope of practice of other professionals. Collaboration with nursing and social work faculty and students, a chaplain and a physician produced three interprofessional simulations in the past two years. Dr. Kuehn and Susan Huehn received a 2015 St. Olaf Academic Innovation Grant and a 2015 Sigma Theta Tau-Chi Chapter Research Scholarship to disseminate findings with students and faculty. The team is working with St. Olaf Government, Foundation and Corporate relations and Information Technology to secure a national grant to create a virtual interprofessional disaster simulation. A manuscript, “Improving collaboration among nursing and social work students through interprofessional simulation” is in progress.

Dr. Kuehn is a member of the Minnesota Consortium for Nursing Education Research (MCNER) focused on simulation and debriefing, specifically clinical reasoning with baccalaureate nursing students. This team received the 2012 Debra L. Spunt mini-grant for simulation research and the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International – Chi Chapter at large professional development grant to promote scholarship among members. Dr. Kuehn in collaboration with Dr. Diana Neal secured a St. Olaf Faculty Development Grant in 2014. The completion of multiple local, national and international presentations and publications followed. A final manuscript about transferring the findings into nursing education is in progress.

Expertise: Dr. Kuehn’s areas of expertise are public health and adult health. She worked as an medical-surgical nurse and home care nurse at rural hospitals and a public health nurse at a local public health agency. Her areas of research focus include healthy work environments for faculty, adolescent non-medical prescription drug use and educational strategies related to teaching undergraduate students including enhanced clinical reasoning and interprofessional education. Recent publications include:

  • (Invited publication) Forneris, S., Neal, D., Tiffany, J., Kuehn, M.B., Meyer, H., Blazovich, L., Holland, A. and Smerillo, M. (2016) Enhancing Clinical Reasoning through Simulation Debriefing: A Multi-Site Study in “Advancing Care Excellence for seniors (ACES): A Guide for Faculty”, National League of Nursing. Invited chapter to be published September 2016

  • Kuehn, M.B., Hotho, D. & Prunty, M. (2016) Parental Consent for Adolescent Research.    Creative Nursing, 22(1), 51-55.

  • Kuehn, M.B., Prunty, M. & Hotho, D. (2015) Adolescents’ access to prescription drugs for non-medical use. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

  • Forneris, S., Neal, D., Tiffany, J., Kuehn, M.B., Meyer, H., Blazovich, L., Holland, A. and Smerillo, M. (2015) Enhancing Clinical Reasoning through Simulation Debriefing: A Multi-Site Study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5), 304-310.


Education: 1985   BSN, Winona State University, Winona, MN.

1992    MSN, Winona State University, Rochester, MN, Adult Health/Nursing Education.

2006    Teaching & Learning Certificate in Web-based courses, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.

2010   Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN.