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John Mailey

  • Assistant Professor

About Me:

Dr. John Mailey has been a faculty member at Michigan State University since 2018. He began his tenure as a clinical instructor after completing his master’s degree and took on increased responsibilities by expanding his class loads, earning a full-time position in 2021. Since 2022, he has been lecturing in addition to providing clinical instruction. In December 2023, he completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. His doctoral project focused on integrating diabetes self-management from a cultural perspective using Leininger’s Culture Care Nursing model. He also serves as a student advisor for the Men in Nursing student organization. Dr. Mailey's nursing career began in 1994, working with medical-surgical patients. Since 1996, he has been a critical care nurse, with experience in trauma, transplant, cardiovascular, neuroscience, vascular, medical, and rapid response patients. He has also held roles in hospital administration. His academic credentials include an associate degree from Washtenaw Community College, a BSN from Oakland University, a master’s degree from South University, and a DNP from the University of Michigan. Dr. Mailey has conducted extensive research and possesses broad operational knowledge of Rapid Response System (RRT) implementation and operation. He has published numerous articles and lectured nationwide on this topic, and he has consulted multiple institutions on establishing their own RRTs. As a primary care adult gerontological nurse practitioner, Dr. Mailey is particularly interested in working with underserved populations. His professional affiliations include Sigma Theta Tau, the Transcultural Nursing Society, MICAMP, AANP, and AACN. He holds a Critical Care Certification (CCRN) and has taught Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for 10 years. Nursing is a family tradition for Dr. Mailey, as he is a third-generation nurse. His mother and sister are also doctoral-prepared professors and nurse practitioners. Fulfilling a promise to his late mother, who passed in 2018, he completed his terminal degree. Dr. Mailey has four granddaughters and enjoys hobbies such as biking, painting, listening to vinyl records, exercising, sport marksmanship, and traveling.


Associate Degree from Washtenaw Community College BSN from Oakland University Master’s Degree from South University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Michigan


Journal of Trauma Nursing-December 2006, Reducing hospital standardized mortality rates with early interventions Inside the Joint Commission - January 2006, Rapid response team helping cut hospital’s mortality rate

Honors & Awards:

  • Crain’s Detroit Business Quality Award for Rapid Response Team: 100,000 Lives Campaign (March 2006) Quality Expo Blue Ribbon recipient (October 2005) for reducing hospital mortality by 25% and blue alert rates by 30% Focus on People Award (May 2006) Cambridge Who’s Who in Healthcare (December 2006)