Diane Pace, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, CCD, FAANP, associate professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been recognized as one of 20 Outstanding Professors of Women’s Health Nursing by NursePractitionerSchools.com.
According to the website, those chosen are teaching, published, providing thoughtful leadership, and actively involved in the profession.
“I am honored to have Dr. Pace on faculty and as a leader in our college,” said Wendy Likes, DNSc, APRN-BC, dean, professor and Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair for the UTHSC College of Nursing. “This is a well-deserved recognition for the contributions she has made in not only teaching and preparing the nurses of the future, but impacting the health care of women on a national scale.”
Currently providing primary care and menopausal health care at the Methodist Teaching Practice as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Pace obtained her initial preparation as a registered nurse from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1971. In 1976, she completed a certificate in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Arkansas Center for Health Sciences. She completed a BSN from Union University in 1995, an MSN from UTHSC in 1996, and her PhD in nursing from UTHSC in 1998. She also has obtained non-nursing degrees: bachelor’s degree in general studies/health care administration in 1982 from Arkansas State University, and an MS in curriculum and instruction from Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, in 1984.
Dr. Pace is a certified menopause practitioner and the first nurse practitioner to serve as president of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She also serves on the organization’s Scientific, Consumer Education, Technology, and Membership committees. Dr. Pace has published on menopause and is a contributor to NAMS’ “Menopause Practice: A Clinician’s Guide,” “The Menopause Guidebook,” and the NAMS MenoPro app.
She is the only non-physician to serve on a menopause curriculum task force to develop a curriculum for residents and other clinicians for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Menopause, and co-editor for a women’s health focus publication for the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She contributed to the development of a national continuing education program on osteoporosis. She has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, honored with the Tennessee State Award for Excellence, and presents annually at their national conferences. Dr. Pace was awarded the 2014 Inspiration in Women’s Health Award by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and many other organizations.
Dr. Pace is active in health care informatics and has served on many state e-health committees, including five years on the ANA Nursing Practice Committee on Information Infrastructure. In 2011, Dr. Pace obtained the newly developed prestigious federal certification: Health Information Technology Pro Clinician/Practitioner Consultant Health Information Technology Professional.
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