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Professor of Nursing
Director, PhD ProgramDirector, Accreditation
Dr. Mary W. Stewart joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in July 2008. Prior to this, she was dean and professor of William Carey University School of Nursing, where she was responsible for undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs on three campuses in Mississippi and Louisiana. Before joining WCU, she was on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing in Hattiesburg.Dr. Stewart's clinical background is in adult critical care, with special attention to patients in peri-anesthesia areas. She is the author of "Research News," a regular column in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. She also has clinical experience in home health and hospice care. She is the director of the PhD in Nursing program and teaches Philosophy of Science, Research Ethics, Writing for Funding and Nursing Phenomena.
Dr. Stewart's research began with an interest in self-esteem and control in older adults. Specifically, her beginning work investigated self-esteem as a function of urinary continence in post-menopausal women. Other adults in transition, including those who receive anesthesia care as they move through the perioperative experience, remain a major topic of study.As director of the PhD in Nursing program, she is actively engaged with dissertations and student publications. Currently, she is chairing two dissertations: 1) Hope and Quality of Life in Rural Southern Women with Heart Failure (Wendy Lovelace, candidate); and 2) Yoga as a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Sleep Quality in Community-dwelling Peri-menopausal Women (Karen Arrant, candidate). Along with Drs. Jennifer Robinson and Lisa Haynie, she is working to establish groundwork for a program of research in the Mississippi Delta.
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