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Mary Schira

Name

[Schira, Mary]
  • Associate Professor

Biography

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.

Professional Preparation

    • 1998 Post MSN Certificate - Acute Care Nurse Pract University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1997 PhD in NursingUniversity of Texas at Arlington  Medical College of Georgia
    • 1980 Master of Science in Nursing Duke University
    • 1974 Bachelor of Science in Nursing The Ohio State University

Appointments

    • Aug 2008 to Present Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2008 to Jan 2015 Associate Dean
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2002 to Aug 2008 Associate Clinical Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2001 to Aug 2002 Assistant Clinical Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2000 to Jan 2009 Advanced Practice Nurse
      J. Ted Phillips, MD, PhD, Neurologist
    • Aug 1998 to Jan 2015 Director - Acute Care (Adult/Adult Gerontology) Nurse Practitioner Program
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 1995 to Aug 2001 Specialist (Clinical Faculty)
      University of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

  • Professional
    • 2012 to Present Member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - 1994 - present
    • 2002 to Present American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • 2002 to Present Texas Nurse Practitioners (State)
    • 1992 to Present Texas Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
    • 1984 to Present American Nephrology Nurses Association
    • 1980 to Present Sigma Theta Tau

Awards and Honors

    • Apr  2015 Board of Director's Award sponsored by American Nephrology Nurses Association
    • Dec  2010 Outstanding Academic Advisor - Graduate Faculty sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Dec  2010 Health Care Heroes Award sponsored by Fort Worth Business Press
    • Dec  2004 Ron Brady Memorial Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership sponsored by American Nephrology Nurses Association
    • Dec  2004 Nephrology Nurse Educator Award sponsored by American Nephrology Nurses Association
    • Dec  2003 DFW Great 100 Nurse sponsored by Texas Nurses Association

Research and Expertise

  • 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
  • Certifications
    RN
    ACNP

  • Current Scholarship
    NP Role Development in a Neurology Practice
    Advanced Nurse Education Program

Publications

      Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

        Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

          Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

            Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
            • 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                • 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                    Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                      Book Chapter 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} [Refereed/Juried]

                      • Journal Article 2007
                        • Schira, M. (2007). Leadership: A peak and perk of professional development. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 34, 289-294.
                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                          Book Chapter 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                          • 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

  • Past
    •  
      Lupus Nephritis

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

  • Past
    •  
      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.

  • Past
    •  
      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.

  • Past
    •  
      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.

  • Past
    •  
      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.

  • Past
    •  
      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.

  • Past
    •  
      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.

Courses

Service to the Community

  • Appointed
    • Jan 2012 to  Jan 2016 Member, Texas Health Resources Quality and Performance Committee

      Community member of health care organization committee.

Service to the Profession

  • Volunteered
    • 2003 to  Present 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

    • 1984 to  Present 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. 

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Sept 2012 to  Dec 2012 Search Committee, Vice President for Office of Information Technology

      Member, Search Committee

  • Elected
    • Aug 2006 to  Aug 2011 Graduate Assembly

      Member, 2006-2011.

      Chair, Committee on Program Revision 2006-2008

      External Program Review Committees, 2010-2011

    • Jan 2016 to  Present Chair, CONHI Graduate Studies Committee and Graduate Education Program Council

      Chair of Graduate level curriculum body for Graduate Nursing.

Administrative Appointment

  • 2008
    • Aug 2008 to Jan 2015 - Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing Program, The University of Texas at Arlington - College of Nursing
  • 1998
    • Aug 1998 to Jan 2015 - Director, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, The University of Texas at Arlington - College of Nursing