Mary Kofstad, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, AOCNP is the Clinical Program Director for NP2U. She brings over 15 years of health care experience as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and program innovator. Mary attended Carroll College in Helena, MT for her Bachelor’s in Nursing and Gonzaga University for her Master’s in Nursing. She has worked in a variety of roles both clinical and administrative and is passionate about improving care for patients across the continuum. Mary considers herself a flexible thinker and lifelong learner who believes in investing in educating by mentoring and role modeling in practice. During her time serving others, Mary has served as preceptor for family residents, Nurse Practitioner students and baccalaureate students for palliative care. She also successfully ran a statewide nursing conference for the past 3 years educating over 400 nurses in Montana and Wyoming on evidenced-based practice in pain and palliative care. Mary is a past board member of the Supportive Care Coalition Board, which is a coalition of Catholic health ministries informed by faith and values that seeks to advance excellence in palliative care services.
Mary joined NP2U for “the chance of lifetime.” As a part of NP2U, Mary plans to continue to trail blaze and innovate the way we deliver care so we can meet “the patient where they need us, not where we need them.” Mary believes in health care there are a lot of “dirt road connections.” “Each of us is connected through life and the lessons we learn on our dirt roads. These are most often roads less traveled but none the less, a road that must be navigated together. As health care providers it is our privilege, opportunity, and duty to support people along their dirt roads of life.”
Mary comes to Oregon by way of her husband. Kevin was born and raised in the great state of Oregon. Together, Mary and her husband have three children Kate, Cal and Kyle; and love to do anything outdoors and are always up for a little sports competition and life of adventure! Mary is a lifelong Montana girl and the values instilled by her large Montana family have driven her to always be persistent, action oriented, tenacious yet nimble in an innovating the delivery of care.