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Mary Highton, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Old Dominion University, 2014
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 1992


Dr. Highton has been at Liberty University since 2008. Her primary focus is Pediatrics, Leadership, Advanced Practice and Simulation. Dr. Highton is a retired neonatal nurse practitioner. Dr. Highton has experience as a bedside nurse, educator, neonatal transport nurse, manager of a nurse practitioner practice and as a practicing NP for over thirty years.

While at Liberty University, Dr. Highton’s focus has been on pediatrics, particularly simulation; leadership; and advanced critical care for the maternal-child population. She has a love for missions and has traveled to Kenya and Guatemala with pediatric students students.

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Neonatal Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Courses Taught

  • NURS 316 Global Health Nursing Field Experience
  • NURS 353 Caring for the Childbearing Family II
  • NURS 357 Nursing Care of Children Clinical
  • NURS 466 Advanced Critical Care II
  • NURS 492 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice

Publications (peer-reviewed articles)

  • Highton, M., Joseph, R, Dryer, D. Haydon, D. “Snip the tip: Neonatal Male Circumcision and Religious, Cultural, and Health Agendas”. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. July 2022. DOI:10.1097/JPS.0000000000000355.
  • Joseph, Rachel, Mary Highton, and Cindy Goodrich. “Let’s Talk About Scrubs.” Nursing management. 52.3 (2021): 26–32. Web. 
  • Joseph, Rachel, and Mary Highton. “Masks and Face Covers.” Journal of pediatric surgical nursing. 9.3 (2020): 97–106. Web. 
  • Joseph, R., Highton, M. (2020). “Smart Technology in the NICU and Hospital Acquired Infections”. Neonatal Network, May/June 2020.
  • Highton, M., Miller, K., T. Turner, & Bruffy, A. (2019, September). Improving communication and collaboration between nursing and medical students through an obstetrical interprofessional simulation experience. NLN Summit 2019, National Harbor, MD

Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding Infants in the NICU
  • Use of Video-Technology to Improve Breastfeeding Outcomes
  • The Benefits of Critical Care Classes in Acquiring Jobs after Graduation
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