Mary Lou Fornehed, Ph.D., MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

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Mary Lou  Fornehed


Assistant Professor


Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

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(931) 372-6808


Bell 331


Mary Lou Clark Fornehed has completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing with a concentration in nursing education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Technological University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She is a registered nurse and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) with her clinical focus being in pulmonary and critical care medicine.


Mary Lou completed her Ph.D. with a dissertation focus on rural Appalachian families making decisions for those at end of life. For the past four years she has been full-time faculty at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing while also continuing to work as an ACNP with the pulmonary/critical care service at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.