School of Nursing faculty member honored by local advanced practice nurse organization

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Mary Lou Adams, associate professor of clinical nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2005-2006 Award of Excellence from the Austin Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs).

The Austin Area Nurse Practitioner Alliance was organized in 1986 to address the professional needs of local practitioners. In 2003, the organization was renamed to reflect a broader mission and to include all advanced practice nurses.

“Mary Lou demonstrates excellence as a nurse practitioner and serves as a role model for the nursing profession in general,” said APNs spokeswoman Sandra Ransom. “She has made a significant contribution to the improvement of care for individuals, families and community and is creative in her approach to nursing care through effective communication.”

Adams’ research focuses on the health-promoting behaviors of women, particularly of minority women, who often are part of underserved populations.

She was the project director of a state-wide initiative funded by the Texas Cancer Council to develop a community-based model for breast cancer screening outreach and case management services for African American women. She also is the 2006-2008 chairwoman of the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Coalition and is project coordinator for the School of Nursing’s Community Women’s Wellness Center.

For more information contact: Nancy Neff, School of Nursing, 512-471-6504.