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Associate Professor at College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Dr. Mary Schira has been on faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1995.  She began her teaching career at UTA in the Undergraduate Nursing Program with Junior and Senior level students.  In 1995 Dr. Schira moved to the Graduate Nursing faculty as a primary faculty in the newly developed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program where she served as faculty and program director until 2015.  Dr. Schira currently is Associate Professor in the Graduate Nursing Program - teaching in the MSN - NP Program and the DNP Program.

Dr. Schira is active in the American Nephrology Nurses Association and is a frequent speaker locally, regionally, and nationally on topics related to kidney disease and professional practice development.

The University of Texas at Arlington
Post MSN Certificate - Acute Care Nurse Pract
Medical College of Georgia, The University of Texas at Arlington
PhD
Nursing
Duke University
Master of Science in Nursing
The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
August 2008
Ongoing
Assoc Prof
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 2008
January 2015
Associate Dean
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 1998
January 2015
Director - Acute Care (Adult/Adult Gerontology) Nurse Practitioner Program
The University of Texas at Arlington
January 2000
January 2009
Advanced Practice Nurse
J. Ted Phillips, MD, PhD, Neurologist
August 2002
August 2008
Associate Clinical Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 2001
August 2002
Assistant Clinical Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 1995
August 2001
Specialist (Clinical Faculty)
The University of Texas at Arlington
December 2012
Ongoing
Professional
Member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - 1994 - present
December 2002
Ongoing
Professional
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
December 2002
Ongoing
Professional
Texas Nurse Practitioners (State)
December 1992
Ongoing
Professional
Texas Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
December 1984
Ongoing
Professional
American Nephrology Nurses Association
December 1980
Ongoing
Professional
Sigma Theta Tau
Certifications
RN
ACNP

Current Scholarship
NP Role Development in a Neurology Practice
Advanced Nurse Education Program
Research Interests
Attitudes toward Assisted Suicide
Renal Disease on Hemodialysis
Prevention of Heel Pressure Ulcers
Tracheostomy Tube Ties on Skin Integrity of the Neck
Childbirth Education
Viability of an Admitting Room
2015
Schira, M.  (2015).  Professional issues in advanced practice nursing.  In Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nurses (6th ed.)  Pitman: American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Book Chapter
Published
2013
Schira, M.  (2013).  Appraising a single research article.  In M. Mateo & M. Foreman (Eds), Research for Advanced Practice Nurses.  From Evidence to Practice, (2nd ed) (pp. 87-100).  New York: Springer.
Book Chapter
Published
2012
Schira, M.  (2012).  Renal clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures.  In L. Urden, K. Stacy, & M. Lough (Eds.), Priorities in Critical Care Nursing, (6th ed.) (pp. 392-399).  St. Louis:  Elsevier.
Book Chapter
Published
2010
Schira, M. (2010).  Renal Anatomy and Physiology.  In L. Urden, K. Stacy, M. Lough. (Eds.), Critical Care Nursing. Diagnosis and Management (6th ed)(pp. 764-776). Philadelphia: Mosby.  Invited.
Book Chapter
Published
2010
Schira, M. (2010).  Renal Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Procesures.  In L. Urden, K. Stacy, M. Lough. (Eds.), Critical Care Nursing. Diagnosis and Management (6th ed)(pp. 777-789). Philadelphia: Mosby.  Invited.
Book Chapter
Published
2009
Schira, M. (2009). Appraising a single research article. In M. Mateo & K. Kirchhoff. (Eds.), Research for Advanced Practice Nurses: From Evidence to Practice (pp. 73-85). Spring er Publishing.
Book Chapter
Published
2009
Schira, M. (2009). The Kidney - Section 1(Anatomy and Physiology; Pathophysiology; Assessment of Kidney Structure and Function. In C. Counts. (Eds.), Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing (pp. 4-89). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Book Chapter
Published
2008
Schira, M.  (2008).  Renal clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures.  In L. Urden, K. Stacy, & M. Lough (Eds).  Priorities in Critical care Nursing (5th ed). (pp. 379-386).  St. Louis: Mosby.  Invited.
Book Chapter
Published
2007
Schira, :M. (2007). Leadership: A peak and perk of professional development. In C. Headley. (Eds.), Career Fulfillment in Nephrology Nursing: Your Guide to Professional Development (pp. 89-93). Pitman, NJ: American Nephrolgoy Nurses Associateion.
Book Chapter
Published
2007
Schira, M. (2007). Leadership: A peak and perk of professional development. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 34, 289-294.
Journal Article
Published
2006
Schira,M. (2006). Renal anatomy and physiology. In L. Urden, K. Stacy, M. Lough. (Eds.), Thelan's Critical Care Nursing. Diagnosis and Management (pp. 787-800). Philadelphia: Mosby.
Book Chapter
Published
2006
Schira,M. (2006). Renal clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures. In L. Urden, K. Stacy, M. Lough. (Eds.), Thelan's Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management (pp. 801-812). Philadelphia: Mosby.
Book Chapter
Published
Lupus Nephritis

Clinical practice presentation - the effects and treatment of the kidney effects of Lupus Erythematosis.

Invited
Management of CKD Mineral Bone Disease: Physiology/Assessment

Mineral Bone Disease is a frequent complication of CKD.  New developments in the understanding of markers and development of bone disease were presented.

Invited
Abstract Boot Camp: IRB Review/Requirements

The goal of the "Boot Camp" is to encourage and mentor novice presenters to develop their data-based work into a poster or presentation format for a future dialysis conference.

Invited
Advanced Practice Nurse Toolbox: Biomarkers

The purpose of the presentation was to update APRNs in nephrology on new and emerging biomarkers for early detection of acute (and potentially chronic) kidney injury.

Invited
Addressing Hyperphosphatemia: Ongoing Concerns for Health Care Professionals Caring for the CKD Population

Individuals with CKD experience significant challenges with mineral bone disease - with both musculoskeletal and cardiovascular effects.  Managing hyperphosphatemia is key to managing the disorder.

Invited
Patient Centered Care: From Concept to Clinical Practice

Managing chronic illness - as in chronic kidney disease - requires an ongoing shift and focus on patients as the center of care.  The purpose of the presentation (with Dr. Peter Blake) was to provide guidelines and encouragement to move to a patient centered approach in health care management.

Invited
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug-Related Nephrotoxicity

NSAIDs are medications that, while very useful for pain management, are potentially toxic and cause altered kidney function in many individuals.  The purpose of the presentation was to provide an understanding of the pathophysiology of the nephrotoxicity, recognition of toxicity, and methods to management the toxicity should it occur.

Invited
Fall 2016
NURS 5435 - ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE I
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM3:30PM
Focus on advanced knowledge of medical-surgical nursing in adults with secondary and tertiary health care needs. Additional emphasis will be placed on the application of the nursing process and other models of clinical decision-making in the management of populations with selected acute medical-surgical conditions.
Last Updated on August 24, 2016, 3:35 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2016
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM3:30PM
On Campus Section: This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on August 9, 2016, 10:40 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2016
NURS 5315 - Advanced Pathophysiology
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM3:30PM
On Line Section (010/011): This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on August 9, 2016, 10:46 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on December 22, 2015, 3:13 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
NURS 5315 - Advanced Pathophysiology
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on December 22, 2015, 3:19 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on December 22, 2015, 3:21 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
NURS 6620 - DNP Practicum I
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM3:00PM
Emphasis on the development of clinical expertise in the management of health problems in selected populations.
Last Updated on January 13, 2016, 9:18 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on August 14, 2015, 12:38 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes.
Last Updated on August 14, 2015, 12:41 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5315 - ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM4:00PM
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. PLEASE NOTE - SECTION 004 in MYMAV
Last Updated on August 14, 2015, 12:54 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
NURS 5436 - ACUTE CARE NURSING II
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday1:00PM3:00PM
Thursday2:00PM4:00PM
Focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the management and coordination of secondary and tertiary care for adults with complex multi-system dysfunction.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 5:25 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 5435 - Acute Care Nursing I
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday1:00PM3:00PM
Thursday2:00PM4:00PM
Focus on advanced knowledge of medical-surgical nursing in adults with secondary and tertiary health care needs.  Additional emphasis will be placed on the application of the nursing process and other models of clinical decision-making in the management of populations with selected acute medical-surgical conditions.
Last Updated on August 22, 2014, 3:36 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
NURS 5436 - Nurs 5436-001
Focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the management and coordination of secondary tertiary care for adults with complex multisystem dysfunction.
Last Updated on January 10, 2014, 9:38 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5435 - Nurs 5435-001
Focuses on advanced knowledge of medical-surgical nursing in managing adults with secondary and tertiary health care needs.
Last Updated on January 10, 2014, 9:34 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2013
NURS 5631 - PEDIATRIC ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM
NURS 5331/5332; 5631/5632 All ACNP Sections: Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.
Last Updated on August 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2013
NURS 5436 - ACUTE CARE NURSING II
Focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the management and coordination of secondary and tertiary care for adults with complex multi-system dysfunction.
Last Updated on August 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2012
NURS 5435 - ACUTE CARE NURSING I
Focus on advanced knowledge of medical-surgical nursing in adults with secondary and tertiary health care needs.Additional emphasis will be placed on the application of the nursing process and other models of clinical decision-making in the management of populations with selected acute medical-surgical conditions.
Last Updated on August 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2011
NURS 6325 - Advanced Practice Nursing for Selected Populations
Focus of the seminar course is the apply advanced concepts of pathophysiology and technology in managing selected patient populations.  Topics addressed include genetic/genomic links to disease, impact of technology across health care environments, ethical issues that may surround use of genetic information and technology, and the role of the DNP in implementing health care technology.
Last Updated on August 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2011
NURS 5435 - ACUTE CARE NURSING I
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on August 13, 2013, 1:08 pm
No Documents Attached
January 2012
January 2016
Member, Texas Health Resources Quality and Performance Committee

Community member of health care organization committee.

Appointed
December 2003
Ongoing
Editorial Activities - Manuscript Reviewer

Manuscript Reviewer for the following journals:

Hemodialysis International

American Journal of Nursing

Journal of the American Academy/Association of Nutrse Practitioners

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Volunteered
December 1984
Ongoing
American Nephrology Nurses Association -

Active member and volunteer of specialty professional nursing organization.  Since 1984 - active locally, regionally, and nationally as chapter president, national committee member and leader. 

Volunteered
September 2012 -
December 2012
Search Committee, Vice President for Office of Information Technology

Member, Search Committee

Appointed
August 2006 -
August 2011
Graduate Assembly

Member, 2006-2011.

Chair, Committee on Program Revision 2006-2008

External Program Review Committees, 2010-2011

Elected
January 2016 -
Ongoing
Chair, CONHI Graduate Studies Committee and Graduate Education Program Council

Chair of Graduate level curriculum body for Graduate Nursing.

Elected
August 2008
January 2015
Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing Program
The University of Texas at Arlington - College of Nursing
August 1998
January 2015
Director, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
The University of Texas at Arlington - College of Nursing