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Professor from S.C. fills APSU Chair of Excellence in Nursing

A nursing professor with extensive leadership experience in the military has been named to fill the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing at Austin Peay State University through June 2007.

Dr. Mary M. Martin, Charleston, S.C., was on campus last week to meet with nursing faculty and lay the groundwork for her work at APSU. After leaving campus, she will be holding virtual work sessions with faculty.
A nursing professor with extensive leadership experience in the military has been named to fill the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing at Austin Peay State University through June 2007.

Dr. Mary M. Martin, Charleston, S.C., was on campus last week to meet with nursing faculty and lay the groundwork for her work at APSU. After leaving campus, she will be holding virtual work sessions with faculty.

According to Dr. Chita Farrar, director of the School of Nursing, Martin will be mentoring nursing faculty on presentations and publications and helping the School of Nursing establish new admissions criteria.

Additionally, Martin will be helping the School of Nursing develop a partnership with Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky.
“Blanchfield Army Community Hospital is working toward magnet status, which is a hospital certification program for excellence,” said Farrar. “The APSU School of Nursing will partner with Blanchfield though community services, grants and research.”

Martin earned a doctorate in nursing science from Indiana School of Nursing in 1983. Both her Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing are from the Medical College of Georgia.

She is an assistant professor of nursing and director of graduate programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. From November 1996-January 2005, she served as director of the Medical Liaison Office, Office of the Chief, Air Force Reserve, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

A reservist in the U.S. Air Force, Martin's previous work experience includes stints as chief of aeromedical nursing, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida and Spain. She also was chief nurse, Medical Strategic Health Care Group, Veterans Administration Center, Bay Pines, Fla. Before that, she worked as the grant coordinator for interdisciplinary teams, Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.

Her scholarly activities include serving as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Military Medicine and guest editor for Nursing Magazine. She has authored and presented numerous professional papers and articles. She has written several successful grant proposals, such as a $92,316 grant to the Department of Health and Human Service Finance Commission for South Carolina to fund the project, called “Evaluating Partners in Practice.”

Martin's professional service includes serving on the Department of Defense Medical Working Group to develop legislative initiatives to improve the health and disability benefits of the National Guard and military reserves; working on the Department of Defense Research Triangle Institute Quality Committee to design a survey to study the impact of military service on women (funded by a congressional grant with a report to the U.S. Congress); serving on the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General's Integrated Product Team on Suicide Prevention as well as the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General's Integrated Project Team on Fitness Testing Standards and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs' Anthrax working group.

Among her numerous professional affiliations, Martin is a life member of the Air Force Association, the Military Officer's Association, the Reserve Officer Association and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

Martin has received the Air Force Legion of Merit and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal twice, as well as the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Readiness Medal.

For more information about Martin or the APSU School of Nursing, contact Farrar by telephone at (931) 221-6317 or e-mail farrarf@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke