Mary Stahl, President

AACN Board
July 2011 – June 2012


Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, serves a one-year term as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Stahl completes a one-year term as FY2011 AACN president-elect.

She held director positions on the AACN board from FY2007 to FY2009 and on the AACN Certification Corporation board in FY2009, the year she served as AACN board liaison for the “CNS Scope and Standards” revision. Between FY2004 and FY2006, she held positions on the exam development committee for the CCNS specialty certification and as an item writer for the first PCCN exam.

Stahl brings to her role as AACN president 30 years of critical care nursing experience. Since 1995, she has been a clinical nurse specialist, medical cardiology, Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., where she’s responsible for evaluating and improving nursing care, specializing in heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and ventricular-assist devices.

Stahl has held various positions at Saint Luke’s Hospital, including cardiovascular clinical educator from 1987 to 1995, coordinating clinical and didactic new employee orientations and staff educational needs assessments, and teaching strategies development and implementation. She served as team leader in the medical intermediate cardiac care unit from 1984 to 1987 and as staff nurse in the same unit from 1980 to 1984.

A prolific educator and lecturer, Stahl has conducted more than 100 presentations on diverse topics such as healthy work environments, nursing retention, evidence-based practice, understanding research and critical thinking skills, in addition to cardiovascular nursing topics, including ventricular-assist devices and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

She authored the chapter “Networking” in “Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit – A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist” and “Updates on Ventricular Assist Device Technology,” an article in AACN Advanced Critical Care, both published in 2009.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Stahl belongs to AACN’s Greater Kansas City Chapter, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and ranks on the 1993-94 list of “Who’s Who in American Nursing.” She received the first “Clinical Excellence Award for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Clinical Educators” in 2009 and an “Angel Award” in 2006 from Saint Luke’s Hospital.

A diploma graduate of Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1980, Stahl earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Webster College, St. Louis, in 1982 and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1984.