For release: April 9, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter at the University of Memphis will
recognize the achievements of two graduates at an awards luncheon Tuesday, April 27,
at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center’s Bluff Room. The chapter will honor Dr. Paula
Dycus and Dr. Paula Spears as its Outstanding Alumni.
Dr. Paula Dycus
Dycus (BSN ’97) is administrative director of professional practice and research at
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Inc. She has had a varied nursing career since 1977.
Dycus received her BSN degree from the U of M 20 years after graduating from Methodist
Hospital School of Nursing. She received her MSN degree in nursing administration
from Union University and doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee,
where she has been recognized as an outstanding alumna.
Dycus’ current position at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital allows her to focus on
her passions – improving the quality of nursing care and improving the work environment
for nurses. Prior to this, she held a variety of management positions at St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital and Baptist Memorial Health Care.She has presented at
local, national and international conferences on the subjects of quality and patient
safety. Dycus is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and is a Board Certified
Spears (BSN ’81) has held various clinical, faculty and management roles during her
30 years of professional nursing practice. As executive director for the Nursing Institute
of the Mid South Inc. (NIMS), a nonprofit organization of local hospitals and nurse
education institutions, Spears works with member organizations to facilitate a quality
Before joining NIMS, Spears served as corporate director for clinical practice and
education for Methodist Healthcare. In this position, she coordinated initiatives
for the advancement of professional practice. These initiatives, developed in cooperation
with senior nursing and patient care leaders, included the development and oversight
of the Center for Nursing Excellence. Under her leadership, the Center received a
$1.2 million federal grant to retain nurses and improve patient care outcomes by enhancing
the patient care delivery system and creating a work environment led by competent
nurse leaders who involve staff in collaborative practice and decision-making.
Dr. Paula Spears
Spears earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing at the U of M and holds master
of science in nursing and doctor of nursing science degrees from the University of
Tennessee. She completed her original nursing education at the Methodist Hospital
School of Nursing.
Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person. To make reservations, call 901-678-5016
or email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20.