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Memoir

Mary L. Hunter
Regents' Proceedings 307

Mary L. Hunter, assistant professor of nursing, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2000, after a most productive career as a teacher, mentor, and researcher.

Professor Hunter received her B.S.N. degree in 1959 and her M.S.N. degree in 1973, both from the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty as an instructor in 1973 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1978.

Professor Hunter's dedication to the field of nursing is shown by her commitment to make a difference in the future careers of student nurses. Since 1977, her teaching methods have been an integral part of the success of a number of senior level nursing courses at the University of Michigan and for students at Washtenaw Community College, where she was a clinical instructor from 1992-95. In addition to her teaching, Professor Hunter has also been a dedicated clinician. From 1985-92, she held the position of nurse manager of Urology/Otolaryngology Unit. She then accepted a position as director of clinical services at Arbor Hospice, where she served until 1993. She has also been active as a part-time staff nurse at University of Michigan Health System since 1959.

Professor Hunter's research activities have included studies on issues related to donor nephrectomy; developing nursing diagnoses from a nursing assessment; nursing care of the person receiving frequent eye drop instillation for corneal ulcer disease; management of sleep, pain and emotional distress; health promotion among diabetics; comparing nursing systems; teaching urine testing in diabetes mellitus; and the value of a printed teaching tool for abdominal hysterectomy patients. Professor Hunter has served on numerous committees within the School of Nursing and the University of Michigan Health System. Within the community, she has been a board member of Packard Community Clinic in Ann Arbor since 1979 and served as president from 1983-94.

The Regents now salute this distinguished nurse educator for her dedicated service by naming Mary L. Hunter assistant professor emerita of nursing.