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Loewenberg Alumni Chapter Will Honor Two Nursing Leaders University News
For release: April 9, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. Paula Dycus
Dr. Paula Dycus
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter at the University of Memphis will recognize the achievements of two graduates at an awards luncheon Tuesday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center’s Bluff Room. The chapter will honor Dr. Paula Dycus and Dr. Paula Spears as its Outstanding Alumni.

Dycus (BSN ’97) is administrative director of professional practice and research at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Inc. She has had a varied nursing career since 1977. Dycus received her BSN degree from the U of M 20 years after graduating from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She received her MSN degree in nursing administration from Union University and doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee, where she has been recognized as an outstanding alumna.

 Dycus’ current position at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital allows her to focus on her passions – improving the quality of nursing care and improving the work environment for nurses. Prior to this, she held a variety of management positions at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Baptist Memorial Health Care.She has presented at local, national and international conferences on the subjects of quality and patient safety. Dycus is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and is a Board Certified Nurse Executive-Advanced.

Spears (BSN ’81) has held various clinical, faculty and management roles during her 30 years of professional nursing practice. As executive director for the Nursing Institute of the Mid South Inc. (NIMS), a nonprofit organization of local hospitals and nurse education institutions, Spears works with member organizations to facilitate a quality nursing workforce.

Dr. Paula Spears
Dr. Paula Spears
Before  joining NIMS, Spears served as corporate director for clinical practice and education for Methodist Healthcare. In this position, she coordinated initiatives for the advancement of professional practice. These initiatives, developed in cooperation with senior nursing and patient care leaders, included the development and oversight of the Center for Nursing Excellence. Under her leadership, the Center received a $1.2 million federal grant to retain nurses and improve patient care outcomes by enhancing the patient care delivery system and creating a work environment led by competent nurse leaders who involve staff in collaborative practice and decision-making.

Spears earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing at the U of M and holds master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing science degrees from the University of Tennessee. She completed her original nursing education at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person. To make reservations, call 901-678-5016 or email  by April 20.

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