Mary Wilby, Ph.D., MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, R.N.

Professor Emerita

Mary Wilby has been a nurse practicing in various clinical settings for over 30 years. Her interests in nursing are rather broad and stem primarily from the experiences she has shared with patients and students. Her clinical interests are primarily in the care of individuals with chronic illness and the effects of poverty on health. Outside of La Salle she continues to practice on a per-diem basis at two local health care institutions providing care to patients with advanced illness. She enjoys cooking, reading, travel, and yoga.

Areas of Expertise

Medical-Surgical nursing
Adult primary care
End-of-Life care
Cultural diversity
Integrative medicine
Holistic health


Ph.D. candidate, The Union Institute and University
BSN and MSN, La Salle University
Nursing Diploma, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Adult Nurse Practitioner
ACLS Adult Nurse Practitioner


Undergraduate Courses Taught
Nursing 305: Health Assessment and Promotion
Nursing 316: Nursing Care of the Older Adult in Health and Illness
HSC 407: Stress and Health

Graduate Courses Taught
Nursing 660: Primary Care of the Adult I
Nursing 661: Primary Care of the Adult II.
Nursing 665: Field Study in Primary Care of Adults I
Nursing 666: Field Study in Primary Care of Adults II
Nursing 616: Assessment of the Adult
Nursing 572: End of Life Care Across the Lifespan


Comforting Patients with Advanced Cancer, Master’s Thesis LaSalle University School of Nursing 1990

Addressing Nursing Student Stress Through Holistic Caring Modalities, with Meryle Gurmankin, 2005

The Experiences of Vietnamese American Nursing Students, ongoing research for doctoral dissertation, The Union Institute and University


Wilby, M. (2011). Teaching others to care: A case for using the humanities in nursing education. International Journal for Human Caring. 15 (4), 29-32.

Wilby, M. (2011). Anemia in older adults. PADONA Journal. 24 (1), 15-20.

Wilby, M. (2009). When the world is white. International Journal for Human Caring. 13(4), 58-61.

Wilby, M. (2009). Foodborne illness, Pennsylvania Nurse.64 (2) 18-22.

Wilby, M. (2008). Remembering Shirley. International Journal for Human Caring. 12(4) 56-57.

Lindell, K. O. & Wilby, M. (2008). Tobacco and other substance abuse. In M. Geiger-Bronsky & D.Wilson eds, Respiratory Nursing: A Core Curriculum.  New York: Springer Publishing.


Wilby, M.L. (1996). Instant Nursing Assessment: Respiratory. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers


October, 2012, Caring for Ourselves and Others: A Holistic Approach, Meryle Gurmankin and Mary Wilby Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

June, 2012, Oncology Nursing Review Course,           Scientific Principles, Treatment Modalities,Abington Memorial Hospital

June 2012, Critical Reflection: On Becoming a More Caring Teacher of Advanced Practice Nursing Students

33rd International Association for Human Caring Conference

February, 2012, Dying in America: Why Is It So Complicated? Explorer Café,La Salle University

July, 2009, Introduction to Cancer Genetics and Cancer Treatment, Merck Super Regional Meeting

July 2009, The Union Institute and University  6th Residency Conference- Engendering Knowledge,Exploring the Lack of Diversity in American Nursing Through a Historical Lens

June, 2009, Poster Presentation, American Holistic Nurses’ Association         29th Annual Conference, Addressing Nursing Student Stress through Holistic Caring Modalities, Gurmankin, MSN R.N. and Mary Wilby, MSN, CRNP

October, 2008, La Salle University Social Justice Week, Implications of the Global AIDS Epidemic,“The Face of AIDS”

Professional Activities

Textbook reviewer for F.A Davis Company, Philadelphia PA

Review Board Journal of Holistic Nursing

La Salle University School of Nursing Advisory Board

SONHS Faculty Search Committee

La Salle University School of Nursing BSN Curriculum Committee

MSN Curriculum Committee, 2003-2012

La Salle University School of Nursing BSN Admissions Committee, MSN Admissions Committee 2003-2012

La Salle University General Education Task Force

La Salle University Explorer Café Planning Committee

La Salle University SONHS Library Liaison

La Salle University Service Learning Cohort

La Salle University Neighborhood Health and Nutrition Project

American Holistic Nurses’ Association

International Association for Human Caring

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Delta Chapter

Honors, Awards

June, 2001, International Association of Lasallian Universities Leadership Institute, Rome, Italy

July, 2006-June, 2007 Independence Blue Cross Faculty Doctoral Fellow