In September in Anaheim, California, the National League for Nursing inducted Dr Mary Hysell Lynd as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education, a prestigious national nursing award. Dr Lynd retired as a nurse educator in graduate and undergraduate nursing education from Wright State University and was bestowed the Emeritus Professor status. While at Wright State University, she implemented the Clinical Nurse Leader Master’s program and served as director for the first graduating class prior to her retirement. She received this fellowship based on her creativity in teaching both in the classroom and in the community, primarily because of her teaching of research-based best nursing practices.
Presently she serves as a nursing consultant for Unity Home Health Care in Portsmouth and as a speaker on nursing best practices for home health care, end-of-life care, and issues in gerontological nursing. She also continues her research in issues involving care of the elderly. She published her first book on living with dying in 2007.
Dr Lynd has been a registered nurse for over 50 years beginning her career as a diploma graduate from Holzer Hospital in Gallipolis. She graduated with a bachelor in science in Nursing from Ohio University, a master’s in nursing administration from University of Cincinnati, and a Ph D from Texas Woman’s University. She has presented research at local, regional, national, and international conferences on health and nursing and was invited to the Oxford Roundtable sessions three times during her career. She continues to review manuscripts for publications for three nursing journals including the Journal of Nursing Scholarship.