Candidate for Nominating Committee

V. Fenton, DrPH, RN, ANP, AHN-C, FAAN
Ft. Davis, Texas

Mary V. Fenton served as Dean and Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing (UTMB) at Galveston, from September 1986 to December 2001.  She received her doctorate in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, her Master’s of Science degree in medical surgical nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UTMB School of Nursing.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Her clinical practice includes experience as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist, an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Advanced Practice Holistic nurse.  She is certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation and includes a variety of therapies including Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, homeopathy, yoga, acupressure and reflexology in her personal practice.    She has been involved with the AHNA since the 1990’s when she worked with the UTMB faculty to achieve AHNCC endorsement. She currently serves on the AHNA Scholarship Committee and has been a member of the Education Committee. She has served as Project Director for multiple advanced practice nursing education and training grants and as Program Director for Nurse Practitioner programs.  Dr. Fenton was the driving force behind the development of a doctoral program in Nursing with a focus on healing at UTMB.

Her past research has focused on the development of the concept of humanistic care in nursing and establishing national standards for the education of advanced practice nurses.  Her current research involves the integration of holistic nursing practices and complementary modalities in the curricula of Schools of Nursing including NP and DNP programs.

She serves as an Associate Editor of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing and was formally an Associate Editor of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.  She serves on the editorial boards for Family and Community Health, and the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing and as a reviewer for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.  She served as editor/columnist for the International Affairs column of the Journal of Professional Nursing.  In August 1990, Dr. Fenton was named the first holder of the Rebecca Sealy Centennial Chair at UTMB School of Nursing.  In 1991 she was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, for which she held the office of President 1995-1996.  She served as the Founding Chair of the Texas Organization for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education.

Dr. Fenton was instrumental in the development of UTMB’s Center for International Heath and designation of the UTMB School of Nursing as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care and has served as a nursing consultant in countries all over the world.  In 2002, Dr. Fenton was presented the Honor and Justice Award by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, Commission of Honor and Justice.  The award recognized her dedication to 14 years of cooperation, support and collaboration between the UTMB School of Nursing and University of Nuevo Leon School of Nursing for the benefit of education, research and the health of the community.

Leadership roles in AHNA include serving on the Education Committee, Scholarship Committee, Bylaws Committe, and Nominating Committee.  Other organization leadership includes serving as a member and President of the Texas Board of Nursing and as chair of the Advanced Practice Advisory Committee.  With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing I was on the committee for Essentials for Masters Education and Education & Regulation for Professional Nursing Practice.  The Texas Organization for Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Education was where i served as the Founding Chairperson.


Degree: DrPH
Area of Study: Community Health
Educational Institution: University of Texas School of Public Health, Huston, Texas

Degree: MS
Area of Study: Med-Surg Nursing
Educational Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Degree: BSN
Area of Study: Nursing
Educational Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

Academic achievements and honors include Elected Fellow American Academy of Nursing 2001, Recipient of the Honor & Justice Award presented by Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo, Monterrey, Mexico, Commission of Honor & Justice; and recipient of the Rebecca Sealy Distinuished Alumni Award School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Fenton is currently Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas.

Statement of Belief 

I have been involved with the AHNA since the 1990’s when as Dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing I worked with the faculty to achieve AHNCC endorsement. I am involved in AHNA because I believe that a holistic approach to nursing practice and education is critical to the development of a health care system that focuses on the concept of healing versus disease. I have served as a member of the AHNA Education Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Bylaws Committee and as a member of the Nominating Committee for the past two years. I would be delighted to continue to serve AHNA as a member of the Nominating Committee for the next two years as I believe there is a wealth of knowledge and leadership capability in the membership which can be tapped to provide outstanding leadership for the organization.



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