Mark Darby, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C



University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-4619



  • 2012, BSN, UNMC
  • 2017, MSN, UNMC


Mr. Darby has dual certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner.


Research Interests

  • Effectiveness of Nursing in primary care of chronic illness
  • Use of Creative Writing in professional and personal development
  • Nurses telling their own stories

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

July 2020-July 2022
UNMC Diversity Grant- UNMC Creative Writing Awards, $50,000, Darby, M PI, Petersen, M Co-PI

July 2019-Present
A State-wide Nursing Education Model for Improving Primary Health Care in Nebraska, Health Resource and Service Administration, $2.6 million, Kathryn Fiandt, PhD, APRN-NP, FAAN, FAAN, Site Investigator, Content Expert

June 2019-Present
A State-Wide Primary Care NP Residency through an Academic-Practice Partnership, LeeAnn Holmes DNP, APRN, Resident Mentor, Content Expert

HRSA Intensive Primary Care Grant, Site Coordinator


Darby, M. (2019) The Way of Johnson Tower, American Journal of Nursing, Vol 119(12):72.

Darby, M. (2017) Shut Up and Let the Women Speak, American Journal of Nursing (Reflections Column), Volume 117(12), December 2017, p 72

Darby, M., (2015) Nurses: The Right and Rites to Write, Right? Creative Nursing. 21(2):115-8.

Darby, M., (2014) Learning outside of a classroom. Nursing 2014 Oct;44(10):69. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000453706.49037.22.

Darby, M., (2004) Good as (un)golden. A set of tactics and some understanding will help you get through to those difficult employees. Contemporary Longterm Care. 27(3):14-7.

Darby, M. (1991 to 1998) Contributing Editor. Journal of Nursing Jocularity.


UNMC Creative Writing Project.

Clinic Director, North Omaha Area Health (NOAH), 2012 to Present.

Teacher and Founder, North Omaha Academy of Healthy Living, 2015 to Present.

Family NP/Psych NP Charles Drew Health Center 2017 to Present.


2019 Executive Fellowship Nebraska Medicine Addictive Medicine.

2018 Founder Award North Omaha Area Health.

2016 Champion of Change Award North Omaha Area Health.