BSN University of Maryland
MS University of Maryland
PhD Indiana University
Associate Professor of Nursing Margaret Wimmer Johnson, Ph.D., was appointed as a full-time faculty member in fall 2012. She previously taught at Mount Mercy as an adjunct faculty member beginning in fall 2011, and has experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining Mount Mercy, she was associate professor and director of nursing education at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.
Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience teaching nursing classes and overseeing higher education healthcare programs, including tenures at University of Kentucky, and Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, working as charge nurse in the pediatric unit, and then as a captain working as a community health nurse at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
Before starting her career in higher education, Johnson served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and was promoted to major five years later. She served as the director of nursing services at Visiting Nurse Association of Louisville, Inc., in Louisville, Ky.
Johnson has been a member of various committees in college and university settings as well as in the community. She was the chair of the Community Health/Administration Specialty Council, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, in which she served as the Hardin County chapter’s president on the board of directors. She has also volunteered time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the American Red Cross.
She has conducted research on tobacco prevention and cessation with home health patients, health promotion through mentoring in community-based curriculum, and implementation of family centered nursing, among other subjects. She has presented numerous papers and published articles related to health care with emphasis on health care practices, tobacco prevention, and teaching methods.
Johnson received the U.S. Army Commendation medal in 1982, and was the recipient of many scholarships in her educational pursuits, including the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing Four Year Scholarship. She was named Big Sister of the Year for the State of Kentucky in 2001. Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Public Health Association, Iowa Public Health Association, and Iowa Nurses Association.