SXU nursing professor receives $9,000 IBHE Fellowship

Saint Xavier University School of Nursing Assistant Professor Mary S. Haras, Ph.D.(c), MBA, APN, NP-C, CNN recently received a $9,061 Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Fellowship will support Haras’ study of perceptions of nephrology nurses toward advance care planning for persons with chronic kidney disease.

The Nurse Educator Fellowship program aims to ensure retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher education that award nursing degrees. The fellowships supplement recipients’ salaries and help defray professional development and continuing education expenses.

Haras, a Chicago resident, will use this award to help complete her Ph.D. in Nursing at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. Her dissertation focus is an important area of research because the number of persons with chronic kidney disease continues to grow, and a valid and reliable method of assessing the advance care planning process in nephrology nurses is needed.

“The support from the Illinois Board of Higher Education validates the importance of end-of-life research for persons with chronic kidney disease,” Haras said. “It is critically important that nurses are comfortable participating in advance care planning discussions so that patients’ end-of-life wishes are known, respected, and followed. Receiving this award will enable me to complete my dissertation research on this important issue.”

Haras’ expertise is in the field of nephrology, and her teaching responsibilities focus primarily on medical-surgical nursing. She earned her BSN at Rush University in Chicago and her MS/Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from North Park University in Chicago. She also holds a MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Haras joined SXU’s School of Nursing as an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in 2007. Today, as an assistant professor on a tenure track, she teaches in the undergraduate classroom and clinical settings, and in the online Clinical Nurse Leader master’s program. Outside of SXU, Haras remains active as a nurse practitioner in Evergreen Park, and serves as American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Project Director for the America Kidney Foundation Medicare Kidney Disease Education Project. She is an active member of ANNA.