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Dr. Mary E Fairbanks, DNP, RN, PHN

Associate Professor


Office: BE 109L

Phone: (218) 755-2523


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Mary Fairbanks has been a faculty member for the BSU School of Nursing since 2009.  After 24 years as a Commissioned Corps officer with the US Public Health Service, she retired from her assignment with the Indian Health Service to work for BSU. Her nursing career with Indian Health Service included nursing roles in small rural hospitals, a Tribal health program and the regional headquarters. Her clinical experience is in inpatient, outpatient, as well as in emergency nursing and community nursing as Public Health Nurse.  While director of a Tribal public health nursing program, she developed a comprehensive community health program.  As the Director of Nursing at an Indian Health Service hospital, she focused on strengthening the nurse work force in number and quality to achieve optimum patient outcomes.  At the regional office, she was a consultant for Indian health care programs on performance improvement, immunization, health promotion and disease prevention.  She gained experience from leaders throughout IHS including nurse executives, tribal leaders, and other health care professionals on Indian health care policy and Indian health issues.  As a USPHS officer, she had special deployment training for public health emergencies and deployed for a rural high school shooting and for Hurricane Katrina.  Mary has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and a Master's Degree in Nursing with a Minor in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.  Her research interest is stress in American Indians and increasing American Indians into nursing. She is an enrolled White Earth Band member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, is married, and has three children.