Dr. Mary Jo Goolsby has been an adult NP since 1982 and her clinical experience has included adult primary care, as well as specialty practice in both endocrinology and pulmonology. Dr. Goolsby's doctorate is in higher education. She has over 25 years of experience in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of NP education, including NP academic training and NP accredited continuing education. She has conducted extensive research on NP practice and the NP workforce which has been broadly used to inform policy makers, workforce researchers, and other stakeholders. Dr. Goolsby has published three textbooks, one recognized as a 2006 AJN Book of the Year, and numerous chapters and articles. She presents internationally and nationally on NPs and their practice and she has participated in panels and programs sponsored by organizations such as IOM, AHRQ, NIH, and CDC.
Prior to creating the Institute for NP Excellence, LLC (INPE), Dr. Goolsby led the Research, Education, and Professional Practice division of AANP for approximately 12 years. At INPE, she focuses on providing evidence-based education and resources for NPs and continuing her research program. Dr. Goolsby has held a number of leadership positions and has created successful, sustained intrepreneurial and entrepreneurial programs.
Dr. Goolsby was inducted into the AANP Fellows (FAANP) in 2002 and is the FAANP Chair (July 2016-18). In June 2013, Dr. Goolsby's contributions were recognized with the 2013 recipient of the Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Health Care. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014.
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