Associate ProfessorMary Ritter
Southeastern Louisiana University
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Baton Rouge Campus

4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Office 229
Phone: 225-765-2324


  • DNP, University of South Alabama
  • MSN, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MLS, University of Oklahoma
  • BSN, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • FNPBC, Northern Kentucky University


Licensure and Board Certifications

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, ANCC
  • Registered Nurse
  • FMCSA/NRCME Medical Examiner


Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Association
  • Louisiana State Nurses Association


Research Interests

  • End of Life (pre-mortem surge, grief, quality of life/symptom management)
  • Moral distress in Nursing
  • Grief in Nursing
  • Nurse Retention
  • Grant Writing


Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Ritter, M. (2023). Evidenced-Based Pearls:  Traumatic brain injury. Critical Care Clinics of North America.

  • Lawson, M. (September 2013). Symptom Management at the End of Life. Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners Fall Conference. 

  • Lawson, M. (2012). Complimentary therapies for pain control in serious illness. The Journal.

  • Lawson, M. (2012). Until the end of time. Advance for long-term care.

  • Lawson, M. (2011). Pain Management at End of Life. Symptom Management in the Oncology Patient, ONS

  • Lawson, M. (2011). Palliative sedation. Clinical journal of oncology nursing, 15(6).

  • Lawson, M. (2011). Acute graft versus host disease: Nursing management. Mosby’s nursing skills. Elsevier/Mosby

  • Lawson, M. (2011). Facilitating end of life discussions. Mosby’s nursing skills. Elsevier/Mosby

  • Lawson, M. (2011). Death rattle. Mosby’s nursing skills. Elsevier/Mosby