Mary Luczun, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Mary Ellen Luczun
  • Office: 217
  • Campus:
    School of Health Sciences
  • Phone:
    718-236-2661 ext. 36323
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Ms. Mary Ellen Luczun is an Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Program in Nursing. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Saint Vincent’s School of Nursing, BSN from Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing and MSN from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing/CUNY. Ms. Luczun began her professional career as a staff nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  She then transferred to the Medical Center’s recovery room, where she served as clinical nurse specialist in post anesthesia care.  Her clinical expertise gained national and international attention in 1984 with the publication of her book, Postanesthesia Care: A Comprehensive Guide.  She then went on to serve as Associate Editor in Research for the Journal of Postanesthesia Nursing and continued to be widely published in the field throughout the 1980s.  Ms. Luczun was also editor for the Journal of Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing during this time. She then turned her attention to that of psychiatric and mental health nursing where she parlayed her medical-surgical experience into the role of Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison clinical nurse specialist at the Brooklyn VA Hospital.  She also became editor of the National Society of Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Nurses during this time.  Ms Luczun coordinates and teaches Mental Health Nursing and Trends in Nursing.  She also teaches topics pertaining to communication and mental health issues in many of the nursing courses. She sits on several committees  within the Nursing Department and School of Health Sciences.

Ms. Luczun has over 45 years of experience in both academic and clinical settings, as well as pharmaceutical clinical trials research in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  She is a member of the International Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) where she served as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for the New York State Chapter from 2013 thru 2015. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Upsilon Chapter-Cornell University in 1975 and is an ANCC board-certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.



Hunter College of the City of New York, 1992

Bellevue School of Nursing

New York, NY

Graduate Division

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1982

Bellevue School of Nursing

New York, NY

Graduate Division

Master of Science in Nursing


Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, 1976

New York, NY

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Saint Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond, 1971

School of Nursing

Staten Island, New York

Diploma in Nursing

Clinical Specialty

Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Research Agenda

  •  Touro College SHS IRB-approved research study in progress exploring the relationship between mental health teaching-learning strategies and students’ attitudes toward the mentally ill. This study has now expanded to include other departments in the School of Health Sciences. Preliminary data suggests differences in attitudes among nursing students and other health care disciplines.
  • Currently working on an article for publication entitled, “Community  Attitudes Toward the Mentally Ill : Comparison of  students in Programs of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Health Science Undergraduates.

Professional Service

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Ongoing item writer for the NCLEX-RN
  • Regular peer consultation and professional supervision of outside psychotherapy group practice.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Ongoing item writer for the NCLEX-RN
  • Content Reviewer, psychiatric- mental health nursing educational resources. Wolters, Kluwer, Health-Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Nursing 330        Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing 110         Fundamentals of Nursing-- three(3) integrated lectures:   Therapeutic Communication, Stress Management, and Grief and Loss.
  • Nursing 310        Maternal-Child Health Nursing--two (2) integrated lectures: Postpartum Depression, Communicating with Children and Families, Developmental Disorders, and Child Grief and Loss.
  • Nursing 320       Trends in Nursing


August 2014       “Meeting our Suffering Self” Guest posting for Caring for the Caregiver
October 2009    “Toxic Overload:  Using the principles of radiation safety to fend off
                               negative thoughts.”  Advance for Nurses, October 28, 2009
April1999             Mental Disorders due to General Medical Conditions” in Psychiatric    
                               Nursing:  An Integration of Theory and Practice.  O’Brien, P.G.,  
                                Kennedy,  W.Z. ,Ballard, K.A. (eds).  New York: McGraw-Hill, 247-262.
April 1999            “Clients with Acute, Chronic and Terminal Illness” in Psychiatric Nursing:
                               An Integration of Theory and Practice.  O’Brien, P.G., Kennedy, W.Z. &
                               Ballard, K.A. (eds).  New York: McGraw-Hill, 559-577.
October 1997       "Antianxiety Agents,Sedatives and Hypnotics" in Lippincott's Review  
                                Series:  Pharmacology. Paradiso, C. (ed) Philadelphia PA, Lippincott- 
March/April 1988 “Post Anesthesia Nursing: The Missing Link in Critical Care.”  Critical
                                  Care Nurse 8:2, 27 - 29.
February 1988       "Historical Research: One Step Back.. Two Steps Forward.”  JOPAN 3,
                                  49 - 52.
November 1987    "Research Recipe: All the Right Ingredients.” JOPAN 2, 272-273.
October 1987        "Handbook of Post Anesthesia Nursing” (ed).Rockville, MD: Aspen
                                Publishers, Inc.
August 1987         "Keeping a Critical Eye on Research Findings.” JOPAN 2, 202-204.
May 1987             "Reviewing the Literature: A Treasure Hunt.”  JOPAN 2, 120 - 122.
May 1987             "INANE (the organization that isn't): Report from the International
                               Academy of Nursing Editors Conference.” (London, England) JOPAN
                                2, 143 - 146.
February 1987      "Paired for Success: The Nurse Researcher and the Statistician.”
                                 JOPAN 2, 59-61.
November 1986     “The Research Connection.” JOPAN 1, 279-281.                        
August 1986          "The Principles of Conducting Ethical Research.” JOPAN 1, 212 - 214.
February 1986       "Introduction to Research: A Basic Guide to Scientific Inquiry.”  JOPAN 1, 64 - 75.
March 1985          "The Urological and Renal Surgery Patient" in The American Society of  Post Anesthesia Nurses Certification Review Text.  Richmond, Virginia:  The American Society of Post Anesthesia Nurses.
 June 1984             "Post Anesthesia Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide.”  Rockville, MD:
                                    ­Aspen Publishers, Inc.


  • Fact, Fiction, or Melodrama?  Reeducating nursing students on the principles of psychiatric mental health care portrayed in motion pictures.
  • Presented at the New York National League for Nursing (NYNLN)Conference:

        The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

               Saratoga Springs, NY

               March 11, 2016

         NYS Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Annual Conference

                Saratoga, NY

                May 30, 2014