Clinical Forensic Nurse Specialist
Forensic Psychiatric Mental Health
Arizona, USA

Mary K. Sullivan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Creighton University School of Nursing, Omaha NE, and University of Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona, respectively. She has 24 years of psychiatric and mental health nursing experience with two national board certifications in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Addictions Nursing. She serves on the Creighton University School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Board. Sullivan has worked for the Veterans’ Health Administration for over 20 years with 12 years of collateral assignments in clinical forensic nursing.

Her clinical forensic assignments include teaching and consulting, nationally and internationally as well as being detailed out to the VA Office of Inspector General for investigations/consultations on suspicious death and adverse patient events. She has numerous publications and conference presentations on the application of forensic nursing expertise to front line nursing care to all patient populations and nursing areas, as well as Quality and Risk Management departments, suspicious patient death and adverse patient events, medical evidence management, and investigation of health care providers who murder patients. She is also responsible for pioneering the national Forensic Nursing initiative in the VHA and the Homeland Defense Bureau, Phoenix AZ. Sullivan has extensive experience in organizing and managing forensic program planning and forensic conference events.

Sullivan was awarded the Veterans’ Health Administration Secretary’s Award for Nursing Excellence in 2003, The Creighton University School of Nursing Alumni Merit Award in 2004 and the International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN) 2004 Virginia A Lynch Pioneer Award, forensic nursing’s top honor. She has been an instructor for the Forensic Nursing Certificate Program, University of California, Riverside, as well as a guest instructor and program advisor of the clinical forensic nursing program at the University of Bari, Italy. Sullivan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as well as an active member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.