College of Nursing Ph.D. Student Honored With National Diabetes Award

Marjorie Cypress, MSN, C-ANP, CDE, adult nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator has been selected to receive the 2004 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award of the American Diabetes Association.

Cypress has worked in the field of diabetes and diabetes patient self management education for over 20 years.

Cypress is currently a PhD student at the UNM College of Nursing, a consultant to NM Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, and a volunteer for Healthcare for the Homeless where she provides diabetes care and education. She has been has lectured extensively on diabetes and has numerous publications in diabetes patient and professional journals.

At the American Diabetes Association's 64th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, June 5 in Orlando, Florida, Cypress will deliver a lecture at a special symposium.

"This is a very great honor.  Diabetes is a major health problem in the United States. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, approximately 1 in 12 people in New Mexico has diabetes" Cypress said. "I would like to continue to serve the community by educating people about diabetes and diabetes prevention."

Cypress received her education and training in New York. She spent the last 10 years in New Mexico working with the Lovelace Regional Diabetes Program as a nurse practitioner and CDE. In 2003, she began the taking classes as a full-time student towards her PhD at the UNM College of Nursing.

The UNM College of Nursing provides nursing education, research, service and leadership in nursing for the state and nation. With baccalaureate,  master's and doctoral level education and web-based programs in such areas as acute care, midwifery and community health, the college focuses on asking and answering the most difficult questions about nursing care and how nurses can design and manage health care delivery to meets the needs of the state.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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