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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Alyce Schultz

Photo: Alyce SchultzClass of 1981 and 1983

Alyce Schultz received the UNM College of Nursing’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNM in 1980 and her master’s degree in nursing in 1983, also from UNM. Inspired by a nursing research conference, Alyce pursued a path into research as a clinical nurse researcher. In 1990, she completed her PhD in nursing at Oregon Health and Science University.

Alyce began her career as a nurse researcher at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She served there as director of the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes for nearly 12 years. After recently retiring as the associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice and clinical professor at Arizona State University, Alyce formed a consulting company for evidence-based practice and clinical research at the bedside, Alyce A. Schultz & Associates, LLC.

Alyce also has worked as a nurse mentor and educator. She has promoted evidence-based practice and has guided fellow clinicians to conduct research to use in daily practice. She has written more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has received several grants in support of her work. Alyce and her colleagues from the Maine Medical Center have received national and international honors. The Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Academy Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Academy of Med-Surg Nursing honored her with research writing awards. In addition she has received research awards from the Emergency Nurses Association, Eastern Nursing Research Society, National Association of School Nursing, National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the American Nephrology Nurses Association.

In 2003, the American Academy of Nursing inducted Alyce as a Fellow for her work in developing the Clinical Scholar Model and Program. The program, designed to create and sustain an evidence-based practice and research program at the point-of-care, has had great success and is now used throughout the United States. The Clinical Scholar Program is a modular program that is currently under development for distribution by the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

Because nursing offers such limitless opportunities, Alyce suggests students consider all their options, beyond that of a nurse practitioner career. She believes there will never be enough nurses to conduct all the clinical research needed, and also encourages students to consider graduate school.

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