Mara Killen

Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing DNP

I began my interest in caring for women as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania running clinical trials designed to better the health of women. Eventually, desiring more responsibility and the credentials to manage patient care independently, I felt that becoming an NP specializing in women’s health would further that goal. To accomplish this I completed an accelerated BSN and Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania. Since graduation, I have worked as a women’s health NP in a gynecology practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I know that I will always want to provide direct patient care as I enjoy forming relationships with my patients, educating them, and furthering the goals of women’s health. I have always seen myself as a strong advocate for women’s care. During the past three years I have hosted a free cervical cancer screening day to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. I have also completed a colposcopy course to further my expertise in the prevention of cervical cancer. While in school I spent time in West Virginia providing free Pap smears. The prevention of this disease will remain a priority for me as I continue my practice. I am eager to expand my practice to include leadership and teaching opportunities. I have already begun moving in this direction having recently been promoted to a supervisor for support staff. I chose the DNP program at Jefferson to equip me with the foundation and credentials to better qualify me as a leader in nursing.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Women’s Health
Dissertation: Not chosen – will be a focus in Women’s Health

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