Mary E. Holtschneider, CPTD

Mary E. Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC, NREMT-P, CPTD

Mary has a wide variety of experience in healthcare education. She currently serves as Co-Director of the Durham, North Carolina (NC) Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, a yearlong educational program designed to prepare individuals to become simulation leaders. She is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence in Clinical Simulation, Training, Education and Research Practice Award. Mary is also Nursing Program Manager for Duke Area Health Education Center (AHEC), part of the NC statewide AHEC system. In addition to being a CPTD, she is also certified at the advanced level in Nursing Professional Development.

Over the past twenty years, she has also served as the Heart Center Clinical Nurse Educator for Duke University Health System, the Director of the Duke University School of Nursing Simulation Center, and the Director of Practice and Education for her state nurses association. Mary serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD) and co-edits the bimonthly column on Interprofessional Learning Environments (previously titled Simulation), where she explores various topics related to interprofessional education and collaboration. She co-authored the Future of Learning Technologies Chapter in the ATD Healthcare Handbook published in 2021.

In 2019, Mary was the recipient of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Leader Award, and was also recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. She is an active volunteer for ATD as a CPTD item writer, awards reviewer, and past ATD-Research Triangle Area (RTA) chapter president.

She speaks regularly on professional development, nursing, leadership, mindfulness, interprofessional education, simulation modalities, simulation faculty development, simulation debriefing techniques, and other related topics. In addition to educating health care professionals, she is passionate about health and wellness and teaches Pilates and other movement-based exercise classes.





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