Mary Adams, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Adams came to PLNU with six years of teaching experience in the Chicagoland area. Prior to teaching, she was a staff nurse in both a large teaching hospital and smaller community hospital. Her background is in trauma ICU, labor and delivery, and home care. She currently teaches in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs as well as the simulation lab.


  • Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago 
  • MSN, Lewis University 
  • BSN, Loyola University, Chicago 

Courses Taught

  • Family CNS – GNSG 626/626L
  • Nursing of Families, The Childbearing Process – NSG 330
  • Clinical Sophomore Skills Lab – NSG 331

Experience in Field

  • Dr. Adams' dissertation focused on her primary research interest of postpartum adjustment. Her research investigated the relationship between unmet expectations of motherhood and the impact on symptoms of depression and anxiety and quality of life.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, 2016 – present
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, 2009 – 2016
  • Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL, 2001 – 2009
  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, 1992 – 2001

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of AWHONN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses)
  • Member of the Western Institute of Research for nursing

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Expectations and Quality of Life During the Antepartum and Postpartum Periods. A Longitudinal, descriptive study exploring the attitudes, mood, expectations, and quality of life of primiparas at 8-9 months of pregnancy and 6-12 weeks postpartum.
  • "Principal Investigator, January 2015- June 2015Lewis University and Edward Hospital Obstetrics Unit
  • Do Staff Nurse Perceptions of Nursing Students Change after Implementation of a Written Feedback Form? "
  • Adams, M. (2015). Motherhood: A Discrepancy Theory. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice,29(2), 143-157. Doi: 10.1891/1541-6577.29.2.143