ARLINGTON - Diane Snow, director of the
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the UT Arlington
College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a fellow in the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners at the group’s national conference in Las Vegas.
The award honors nurses who have
made outstanding contributions to health care
through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education or policy. It
also provides them a platform from which to continue their efforts.
Snow, who has been a faculty
member at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing since 1979, is a nationally
recognized leader in the area of psychiatric nursing and a past president of
the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She is also the current
president of the Foundation for Addictions Nursing. Her work has extended to
areas of addictions, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, trauma
recovery, co-occurring disorders and peer assistance among health
“Dr. Snow is widely respected as
an educational pioneer in the psychiatric mental health nursing fields and a
tireless advocate for individuals with mental health and substance use
disorders,” Susan M. Adams, professor and director of the Psychiatric Mental
Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University, said in nominating
Snow. “She is an articulate spokesperson and a scholarly writer who will help
advance AANP’s initiatives particularly in areas regarding mental health care,
addictions and mental health policy.”
Snow successfully transitioned
UT Arlington’s psychiatric clinical nurse specialist program to a family and
adult psychiatric nurse practitioner program in 1995. Since then, more than 150
psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners have graduated from the University.
Under Snow’s leadership, UT Arlington also began including psychiatric
diagnosis and clinical management as a core course in every nurse practitioner
specialty. That move has resulted in more than 1,400 nursing practitioner
graduates gaining exposure to these fundamentals.
“Being selected as a fellow of the American Academy of
Nurse Practitioners is truly a highlight of my career and I am humbled and
honored to receive this recognition,” Snow said. “I am very proud
that we are graduating outstanding psychiatric mental health nurse
practitioners who are providers of excellent mental health care to
children and adults in our community and around the country.”
Arlington’s College of Nursing is now the largest, and one of the most
successful, programs in Texas with 6,631 students in Spring 2011. It is also one
of the 10 largest nursing programs in the United States. Visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/ to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a
comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research institution of 33,800
students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.