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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 continues to practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner at a local intensive care nursery.

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.

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Neonatal Nurses
  • NANN – Academy of Neonatal Nurses
  • NANNP – National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • Medical Staff Provider APRN – Centra Health
  • 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)

  • 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., Joseph, R, Dryer, D. Haydon, D. “Snip the tip: Neonatal Male Circumcision and Religious, Cultural, and Health Agendas”. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. Date pending.

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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