Mary S. Haras

Leadership & Administration


Mary Haras, PhD, MBA, APRN, ANP-C, CNN, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice in the School of Nursing & Health Studies. She has over 35 years’ experience in varied aspects of nursing, including over 10 years as a board certified adult nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2017, Dr. Haras was the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing at a private, Catholic university in Chicago. 

Dr. Haras received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. She received her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and her MS from North Park University in Chicago, with an Adult Nurse Practitioner focus. Her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree was earned from Mennonite College of Nursing-Illinois State University.

Dr. Haras is active with the American Nephrology Nurses Association, having served at local and national levels along with authoring and leading numerous national presentations related to leadership development, research, and advanced care planning. 

Why Georgetown?

“Georgetown University and the School of Nursing & Health Studies embodies the Catholic and Jesuit values that I was raised under. The faculty and students’ strong commitment to cura personalis is visible on a daily basis, and the distance-based learning format affords a Georgetown education to students in all parts of the nation, enabling them to care for persons in rural and remote areas that would not otherwise have access to care.” 


Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University
Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing 

North Park University
Master of Science — Adult Nurse Practitioner 

Keller Graduate School of Management
Master in Business Administration 

Rush University College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 Research Interests

  • Advance care planning and end-of-life
  • Study abroad experiences for nursing students
  • Instrument development and psychometrics
  • Curriculum innovation 


  • 2016 American Nephrology Nurses Association – Nephrology Nursing Journal Research Writing Award
  • 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International – Alpha Omicron Chapter: Excellence in Nursing Research

Recent Presentations

Haras, M., & Brunori, G. (2018). Honoring end-of-life wishes for persons with chronic kidney disease: A global analysis. ANNA National Symposium, Las Vegas, NV. April 17, 2018.

Haras, M. (2018). Validation of the NephRN perceptions toward advance care planning instrument with nurses in Italy. NLN/STTI Research Conference 2018, Washington, D.C. April 2018.

Haras, M., & Larson, K. (2017). Understanding clinical trials. ANNA National Symposium, Washington, D.C. April 9, 2017.

Haras, M. (2016). A measure of nephrology nurse perceptions toward advance care planning. Meyer Children’s Hospital, Florence, Italy and Ospedale Santa Chiara, Trento, Italy. December 14 and 16, 2016.

Samawi, Z., & Haras, M. (2016). Nursing education and nursing practice in the United States. Polo universitario professioni sanitarie, Trentino, Italy. December 15, 2016.

Hain, D., & Haras, M. (2016). Clearing up the confusion: Research and evidence-based practice. ANNA 47Th National Symposium, Louisville, KY. May 4, 2016.

Haras, M. (2016). Patient communication. Renal Physicians Association Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. March 19, 2016.

Haras, M., Kear, T., & Micklos, L. (2015). The nurse as researcher. Webinar for ANNA. October 2015.

Haras, M., Moss, A., & Schell, J. (2015). Palliative care panel discussion. Renal Physicians Association Annual Meeting for Advanced Practitioners. Annapolis, MD. July 8, 2015.

Haras, M. (2015). Fred is missing: Dealing with death in the unit. 27th Annual Heartland Kidney Conference, Heartland Kidney Network. Overland Park, KS. February 5, 2015.

Samawi, Z., & Haras, M. (2015). Nursing education and nursing practice: USA and Italy. Meyer Children’s Hospital, Florence, Italy. December 16, 2015.

Haras, M. (2015). A measure of nephrology nurse perceptions toward advance care planning: Instrument validation process. Università degli Studi di Genova — Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Genoa, Italy. December 17, 2015. 

Recent Publications

List of authored, co-authored, or contributed published work.

Haras, M. (2017). All things bed bugs: A primer for nephrology nurses. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(2), 181–185.

Cahill, M., & Haras, M. (2017). Chapter 16: Disorders of calcium and phosphorus metabolism. In Bodin, S. (Ed.) Contemporary nephrology nursing (3rd ed.). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrology Nurses Association.

Hain, D., & Haras, M. (2015). Chapter 2: Chronic kidney disease. In Counts, C. (Ed.) Core curriculum for nephrology nursing: Module 2. Physiologic and psychosocial basis for nephrology nursing practice (6th ed., pp. 153–188). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrology Nurses Association.

Haras, M. (2015). Does hemodialysis dialysate potassium composition matter? Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(6), 577–580.

Hain, D., & Haras, M. (2015). Changing nephrology nurses’ beliefs about the value of evidence-based practice and their ability to implement in clinical practice. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(6), 563–566.

Haras, M., Astroth, K., Hesson-McInnis, M., Woith, W., & Kossman, S. (2015). Nephrology nurse perceptions toward advance care planning: Validation of a measure. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(4), 349–360.

Haras, M., Astroth, K., Hesson-McInnis, M., Kossman, S., & Woith, W. (2015). Development and initial validation of the NephRN perceptions toward advance care planning instrument. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(3), 257–267.

Haras, M., Astroth, K., Woith, W., & Kossman, S. (2015). Exploring advance care planning from the nephrology nurse perspective: A literature review. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 42(1), 23–31.

Haras, M. (2014). Exploring the evidence for end-of-life care in chronic kidney disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 41(4), 416–419, 423.