BSN University of Iowa
MSN University of Iowa
PhD University of Iowa
Dr. Sharon Guthrie joined Mount Mercy 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, technology in healthcare settings, and healthy lifestyles. 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 until 2007) Guthrie served as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and adjunct faculty 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 1994-1999, 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), has served on several task forces for the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), is a committee member on the Iowa Nurses Association (INA) public policy committee, appointed as a member of the Midwest Dairy Health and Wellness Nutrition Advisory Board, a member of Sigma Theta Tau - Gamma Chapter, 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 and 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; recognized as 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 she was also 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.