Mark Nelson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He completed physical therapy school in 1993 with a clinical Masters degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has been a practicing therapist for twelve years, one year in general outpatient practice, two in subacute/rehab care and the last eight in acute care, serving a predominantly geriatric population.
In 1999, he co-authored the Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Protocol for the open heart surgery program at Northwest Hospital. He has practiced throughout the medical services but has a special interest in cardiopulmonary and neurological diagnoses. He has also developed a computer based documentation system for the physical therapy department.
Mark has been a clinical instructor for the last nine years, and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Washington’s physical therapy program. Mark serves on the Patient Safety Oversight, Employee Body Mechanics/Safety and Clinical Documentation Committees at Northwest Hospital. The majority of his current practice occurs in the Intensive Care and Telemetry Units. Mark routinely provides new employee instruction on body mechanics and back safety, as well as educating staff on new patient handling equipment. Mark also served on the JCAHO Preparation Committee in 2002-2003.
Mark Nelson is dedicated to improving the quality and skill level of acute care therapy. His commitment to this field of specialization is evident by his years of service and passion for combining the poignant areas of specialized literature to this exciting area of rehabilitation.