ST. LOUIS -- Mary Ann Lavin, Sc.D., associate professor of nursing, was inducted into the Missouri Nurses Association Hall of Fame this month. The long-time Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty member was one of three nurses in the state -- and the only one in St. Louis -- to be recognized with the distinction in 2011.
|Mary Ann Lavin, Sc.D., was inducted into the Missouri Nurses Association Hall of Fame.|
Lavin, an advanced clinical nurse practitioner and advocate for patients in their clinical care and treatment, was credited with elevating the practice of nursing.
"With the health care reform model demanding evidence based practice, Dr. Lavin has provided the tools and talent since 1975," her nomination letter read.
Lavin said she was humbled by the honor.
"It was a privilege and thrill, but the recognition wasn't mine alone," Lavin said. "No matter what I've done in nursing, I've accomplished it working with other people. It's never been a solo flight."
Lavin formerly was director of clinical services at Casa de Salud, which cares for immigrants who do not have insurance and helps them navigate the health care system.
Lavin established a tuberculosis clinic in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1965 and helped to create various clinics in rural Missouri to care for those who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks. She was co-coordinator of the First National Conference on the Classification of Nursing Diagnosis, which improved the quality of nursing by ensuring consistent language is used to describe patient conditions.She also is a charter fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
"Mary Ann has had a stellar career and is an accomplished and distinguished scholar," said Teri Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. "Her American Academy of Nursing charter induction as well as her many accomplishments over the course of career is why she is inducted into the Missouri Nurses Association Hall of Fame. It's great for her to have such public recognition for her sustained contributions to the profession."In addition to teaching at SLU, Lavin has taught courses during the summers at the Pontifical University of Quito, Ecuador, School of Nursing and at the American University of Beirut School of Nursing.
Lavin received the Missouri Nurses Association 2009 Clinical Nursing Practice Award and was named by St. Louis Magazine as the area's top nursing educator in 2010.
Lavin received her bachelor and master's nursing degrees from Saint Louis University, a master's in health services administration from Harvard School of Public Health and doctor of science, from Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in patient education.