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Mary Beth Stepans

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program B.S. Nursing (BSN)

I have been a registered nurse since 1972 when I received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. My primary area of nursing has been “maternal-child” nursing. Since earning a Master’s degree in nursing in 1989, my primary research interest has been to protect infants from environmental tobacco smoke although I have participated in numerous interdisciplinary research projects. I began teaching at the University of Wyoming, School of Nursing in 1989 and earned a PhD in nursing from the University of South Carolina in 1996. I taught courses in the undergraduate, graduate and RN/BSN programs at the University of Wyoming from 1996 to 2007. Taking a short break from academia, I was the Assistant Executive Director and Practice and Education Consultant at the Wyoming State Board of Nursing until recently when I became a Walden University faculty member in the RN/BSN program.

Courses Taught


NURS 4000 - Research and Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice


PhD, University of South Carolina

MS, University of Wyoming

Public Service

Mountain Meadows Homeowners Association, Board Member - Cheyenne, WY

University of Wyoming Childcare Center, Childcare Health Consultant - Laramie, WY United States

Awards / Honors

Nurse of the Year; WNA District #12, 2004


Wilhelm, S., Rodehorst-Weber, K., Aguirre, T., Stepans, M. E., Hertzog, M., Clarke, M., Herboldsheimer, A. (2011). Lessons learned conducting breastfeeding intervention research in two northern plains tribal communities. Breastfeeding Medicine.

Cole, S., Ouzts, K., Stepans, M. E. (2010). Job satisfaction in rural public health nurses. Journal of Public Health Management Practice.


Kidner, M., Stepans, M., Ntakirumana, C., Hagumakubana, O., Nsengimana, M. (2018). LEAP Leadership Training. Rwanda School of Nursing.

Stepans, M. E., Pine, L., Moon, C., Erickson, L., Anderson, B. (2012). Impact of provider's assessment on women's knowledge of consequences of smoking.