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Nursing Professor Inducted
Into American Academy of Nursing
MAILED: Nov. 19, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, professor and chair of the department of nursing systems at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received one of the nursing profession’s highest honors earlier this month when she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
The Academy, which provides visionary leadership to the nursing profession and the public in shaping future health care policy and practice, has some 1,500 fellows, many of whom sit on policy-making boards, head professional associations, are involved in international activities, work in health care planning and are at the forefront of human rights and minority issues affecting health care. Seventy nursing leaders from around the country were inducted this year.
“This is considered nursing’s highest honor for a lifetime of nursing achievements,” said Elaine Wendt, interim associate dean of nursing. “It reflects very highly on Mary’s commitment to both the discipline and the profession and upon our School of Nursing.”
Zwygart-Stauffacher has more than 25 years in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home arena, where she has implemented new advanced practice roles and clinical best practice models. She has held a variety of faculty positions in schools of nursing and is an investigator with the University of Missouri-Columbia MDS and Quality Research Team.
She is a frequent presenter on topics related to gerontological nursing and advanced practice nursing, care of frail elderly, nursing home quality of care issues and Minimum Data Set/Quality Indicators. She has co-authored or authored numerous publications on these topics, including two award-winning books on quality care in the nursing home setting.
“I’ve spent most of my practice in nursing homes, working with the frailest, oldest patients. Election to the Academy means a great deal to me because it validates this work and brings honor to nursing homes and nurses who work with such a deserving, but challenging group of patients,” she said.
Zwygart-Stauffacher joined the nursing faculty at UW-Eau Claire two years ago. She previously was on the nursing faculty at the University of Minnesota. She also is employed as a gerontological nurse practitioner for nursing home services with the Red Cedar Clinic/Mayo Health System in Menomonie. She holds a master of science with specialization in gerontological nursing and a post-masters gerontological nurse practitioner preparation from Rush University. She earned her doctoral degree in nursing from UW-Milwaukee.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: November 19, 2002