Mary C. Francis

Mary C. Francis, PhD, ACNP-BC

  • Director, Acute Care (AGACNP) Program
  • Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • MSN, Nursing (1992)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

About Me

I received my master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. I returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 for acute care nurse practitioner study. I currently work full time at Widener University as a lecturer and part time at Cooper University Hospital as a trauma nurse practitioner.

I have recently defended my dissertation on gun violence. It was a narrative inquiry into the experience of being a victim of gun violence.

Research Interests

My research interest is gun violence and how the experience has been perceived by the individual. It is important to understand the initial perception of the experience and the ongoing impact of the event.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Sigma Theta Tau


  • Dr. Barbara Chamberlain Graduate Alumni award (2013)
  • Eta Beta Chapter Research Grant (2013)


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