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Sharon Guthrie

Associate Professor & Program Director of Graduate Nursing Programs


  • PhD University of Iowa
  • MSN University of Iowa, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN University of Iowa


Dr. Sharon Guthrie joined Mount Mercy University full-time in 2007 and teaches content related to population-based care, community assessment, policy development and assurance, professional role development, health promotion and disease prevention, and technology in health care settings.

Guthrie is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, a nationally certified school nurse, and certified in nursing informatics. Prior to her full-time appointment at Mount Mercy, from 1999 to 2007 Guthrie served as a pediatric nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty member in a joint-appointed position with Mercy Medical Center and Mount Mercy, and developed a Health Promotion Center at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. From 1994 to 1999, she worked at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a staff nurse in pediatric intensive care, pediatric cancer and bone marrow transplant, and pediatric surgical settings.

Guthrie is the executive director of the Iowa School Nurse Organization (ISNO); serves on several committees for the National Association of School Nurses (NASN); a committee member on Iowa Nurses Association (INA) Public Policy Committee; a member of NurseTim, Inc. Advisory Committee; a member of Sigma Theta Tau–Gamma and Kappa Xi Chapters, and former commissioner for Lt. Governor Patti Judge's Commission on Wellness and Healthy Living.

Guthrie’s dissertation involved a national study to identify how school nurses document their care, as well as school nurses’ knowledge, attitude, and barriers to using standardized nursing languages. Guthrie’s other interests include adolescent health care, adolescent mental health, health literacy, and informatics. Guthrie has had several publications in NASN School Nurse News, NASN Newsletter, and Advance for Nurse Practitioners. She has published chapters in a school health textbooks and a pediatric nurse practitioner textbook. Guthrie has received numerous awards, including the 2009 University of Iowa Distinguished Young Alumni; one of the 100 Great Nurses in Iowa in 2009; the University of Iowa Seashore Dissertation Award, which supports doctoral students each year in the humanities and social sciences; the 2007 Betty Means Community Health Award, which recognizes and rewards innovative and high quality community health practices; and one of the 2007 Spirit of Hermina Finalists, an award which recognizes Iowans who take extraordinary measures to impact the health of their fellow citizens.

In her spare time, Guthrie likes to run, bike, or play sports, as well as read and spend time with her kids.