Ann Cary, RN, MPH, Ph.D., FNAP, FAAN

Dean and Professor

Health Sciences Building

Phone: 816-235-1395

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Dr. Cary has been Dean and professor at the SONHS since August 2013.  She also currently serves as the chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and assumes the Chair of the AACN Board in late March 2018.  As one of our nation’s most significant and resourceful leaders, Dr. Cary has devoted her career to building capacity in our nation’s nursing and public health workforce through breakthrough education programming, research and policy work in nursing and public health. (cited by AAN 2016).

Dr. Ann Cary is recognized nationally and internationally for her progressive, sustained, creative boundary-spanning leadership across the credentialing industry; for building capacity in our nation’s workforce in nursing and public health; and, in leading professional organizations.  Her distinguished productive career lead her to be the first to ask the serious questions about the value of certification in nursing and its impact on health care delivery. Her landmark study and subsequent contemporary publications and briefings have stimulated others in the certification industry in nursing and in public health to further validate the importance of certification as a valued credential nationally and internationally.

As a notable academic leader her work continues to open doors for underserved and underrepresented groups through innovative programming, the removal of financial barriers in higher education, and in developing pipeline programs for high school students to access higher education. Hundreds of public health and nursing graduates are now able to advance their careers through her efforts to secure over 11 million dollars in federal/foundation support for STEM pipeline and higher education programs, and through the development of highly ranked US News World and Report online nursing and public health graduate programs.

Dr. Cary’s leadership in national organizations impacts upstream action and policy agendas as well as standards for practice and new organizationally-sponsored programming. She has worked tirelessly with colleagues and multi professional leadership programs to convene, influence and develop programmatic and policy agenda around a “Culture of Health”. These ambassadors ultimately serve communities nationwide to ensure more equitable health care.

Dr. Cary serves on Kansas City health care Boards of Directors for Truman Hospital; the VNA of Kansas City, and the Bluford Health Care Leadership Institute.


Cary, A.H. & Trautman, D. (2018) Rounds with Leadership: Exercising thought Leadership. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: NEWS WATCH, July 25, 2018

Cary, A.H. & Trautman, D. (2018) Rounds with Leadership:  Moving Nursing Science from Margin to Mainstream: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Patricia Grady. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: NEWS WATCH, June 27, 2018

Cary, A.H. & Trautman, D. (2018) Rounds with Leadership: Rallying Support for Nursing Education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: NEWS WATCH, May 23, 2018.

Cary, A.H. & Trautman, D. (2018) Rounds with Leadership: Watching the Numbers. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: NEWS WATCH, April 25, 2018.

Cary, A.H. & Trautman, D. (2018) Rounds with Leadership: Surveying the Landscape of Higher Education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: NEWS WATCH, March 28, 2018.

Cary, A.H. (2018) How Will the DNP Contribute to the “FUTURE” in the Future of Nursing (2011, 2015) Reports? In S.Ahmed, L. Andrist, S. Davis, & V. Fuller (Eds.), DNP Education, practice and policy: Redesigning advanced practice roles for the 21st century (2nd Ed) New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co. pp. 27-44.

Sebastian, J.G.; Trautman, D.E.; Cary,A.H. (2018) Moving Ahead with the Transition to the DNP: Letter to the Editor.  Nursing Outlook.doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.02.004.

Cary, A.H. (2018) Case Management. In Marcia Stanhope and Jeanette Lancaster (Ed.) Foundations for Population Health and Community Health Nursing. (5th edition) St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. Chapter 13, PP. 221-235.

Cary, A.H. & Smolenski, M (2018) Credentialing and Clinical Privileges and the Advanced Practice Nurse. In Lucille A. Joel (Ed.), Advanced practice nursing essentials for role development. (4th edition) Philadelphia, Pa: FA Davis Co. PP 100-115.

Sebastian, J.G., Breslin, E.T., Trautman, D.T., Cary, A.H., Rosseter, R.J, Vlahov, D. Leadership by collaboration: Nursing’s bold new vision for academic-practice partnerships, Journal of Professional Nursing (2017),

National Academies Press (2017) Future Financial Economics of Health Professional Education: Proceedings of a Workshop. Presentation remarks quoted: Understanding and Applying a Model of Financing Health Professional Education, chapter 3.

Cary, A.H. (2016) Case Management. In M. Stanhope and J. Lancaster (Eds.), Public Health Nursing 9th edition. St. Louis: Mosby-Times, Inc. Chapter 22. PP. 476-502.

Kennison, M., Dzurec, L. C., Cary, A., & Dzurec, D. (2015). Seeking the ‘magis:’ A pathway to enhancing civility in higher education. Jesuit Higher Education. 4(1):25-33.

Cary, A.H. (2015) Credentialing for Health Care Personnel in M. Harris(Ed.), Handbook of home health care administration (6th ed.), St. Louis: Jones-Bartlett.