Mary Franczek

Mary Franczek

Associate Professor of Nursing at Northern Michigan University

Mary Franczek

Associate Professor of Nursing at Northern Michigan University

Mary was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She knows the value of hard work, time with nature, and love of family and friends. Mary’s dream was to become a nurse and help people. Watching news clips of the Viet Nam war in the 1960’s cemented her belief in the need to be a nurse. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in April 1980 and has worked as a nurse for 39 years.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Northern Michigan University. She is a Healing Touch Practitioner, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and has a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a focus in Integrative Therapies.   She presents to nursing students and colleagues and cancer survivors on the role of self care in wellness and encourages participants to choose changes in their physical, emotional, or spiritual health.

Mary is a thyroid cancer survivor and shares her recovery story with humor and heartfelt lessons learned.  In addition, Mary worked as an oncology nurse for fourteen years when she first started out as a nurse.  She experienced compassion fatigue and burnout.  Her candid stories offer hope, her favorite story is about watching the movie, Forest Gump.

Mary started her business, Integrative Wellness Consulting, LLC this summer. Her business vision is “Sharing my passion for wellness and healing to meet client goals with ethical integrity.” Her overall mission is to help “People love themselves and become actively involved in their own self-care.” Mary’s Visionary Promise is to see “Every person in the world actively engaged in achieving their health potential. “