Oct. 19, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 42

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Dunn appointed chair of the department of chronic nursing care

Portrait of Dr. Dunn DUNN

The department of chronic nursing care has a renewed commitment to expansion and community service under the leadership of its recently appointed chair Dr. Mary "Kelly" Dunn.

"My overarching goal is to lend some stability and focus on establishing our direction for the future," Dr. Dunn said. "I have been amazed by the tireless efforts that faculty make to improve course offerings within the undergraduate curriculum. They have a strong commitment to our students and to the development of a departmental espirit de corps."

Currently, Dr. Dunn is working with the faculty to develop a master's degree program in gerontological nursing. She believes the program will address the shortage of gerontology clinical nurse specialists in South Texas.

Dr. Dunn says the department also will continue to foster its relationships with the San Antonio community. "The department has always been committed to partnering with the community. Our faculty and students care for children, adults and the disenfranchised populations where they live and work," Dr. Dunn said. "I believe our department will continue to match faculty talent with needs in the community to improve health."

Dr. Dunn became a nurse at the age of 20, following a clinical intensive diploma program at a Rex Hospital School of Nursing in North Carolina. She received her B.S. from Boston College, her M.S. from Boston University and her doctorate of nursing from UT Austin. Dr. Dunn maintained a clinical practice in home health care while serving on the faculty at Northeastern University, Boston University, and UT Austin.

Most recently, Dr. Dunn served as an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston before returning to Texas.

"I came to the Health Science Center because of its reputation for concern and respect for diversity, its preeminence in medical care and research, and its futuristic and visionary approach to nursing," Dr. Dunn said.


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