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Maithe Eniquez PhD, RN, ANP: The whole nursing package

Nurse Leader: Maithe Enriquez

When I began contemplating writing about nurse leaders, Dr. Enriquez came to the top of the list… and how could she not? You will soon agree after reading her profile, but the lasting impression I take away from knowing Maithe is her commitment to improving nursing and patient care through practice, education, and research. She does it all and does it well. Read on… and know Maithe Enriquez better.

Born to Be a Nurse. Maithe’s education includes a BSN from Webster University of St. Louis, an MSN and PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri Kansas City and Post Doctoral study at UNC Chapel Hill. However, her nursing career started long before that. She comments that, “I was born to be a nurse – when I was a child my favorite toys were a plastic stethoscope, a plastic percussion hammer and bandaids”.  Such early roots have served the rest of the nursing profession well, with Maithe maintaining an active practice in infectious disease and HIV as a nurse practitioner, currently assisting with several research studies that include Hispanic populations, and directing the PhD program at UMKC.

Like all of us, Maithe was inspired by a nurse leader. Margaret Shandor Miles is the nurse researcher who inspired her. Miles is professor emeritus at UNC, Chapel Hill (Go Tarheels!).

Research and Practice, the critical combination. Maithe is actively practicing, her primary nurse practitioner role being with Spanish speaking Latinos living with HIV. Her primary area of nursing research is in developing interventions to prevent and manage chronic illnesses among low-income vulnerable populations. This focus has spurred on numerous research projects and presentations and has opened up new understanding in issues such as medication compliance in HIV populations.

A Leader Through Example. In asking Maithe to let me write about her for the blog, the one thing that became clear was that she does not understand how powerful an example she sets. Her willingness to engage others and her mentoring are what set her apart in nursing education (I can speak only to this role, as I have had the privileged of having her as teacher/mentor… but I am willing to bet that she exudes mentoring and willingness in all other aspects of her career). Maithe is one of the amazing nurse educators at UMKC (the program has a plethora of faculty with this talent… simply amazing) who interact with her students as professionals and peers, even engaging them in professional and social activities (all in an effort to encourage and mentor). I hate to use the word ‘care’, as it is cliché and poorly tied to nursing…. So, I will say that the reason Maithe Enriquez is an impressive nurse leader is because she is changing the face of nursing simply by example.  Developing new nurse researchers and educators through daily interactions and instruction is her specialty.  Her leadership is quiet in the sense that she is not out writing about how to mentor young nurse researchers or how to effectively run an on-line PhD program in nursing. Yet, her quiet leadership is building impressive nurse researchers and educators who are changing nursing and patient care.

Dr. Enriquez, thank you for your commitment to nursing, to patient care, to Latino women, to growing new nurse researchers, to improving nursing education, to improving access to doctoral nursing education for all nurses, to your patients, and to your students. I and many others are better people for knowing you.

Recent Presentations and Publications.

“Development and Efficacy of an Intervention to Enhance Readiness for Adherence among Adults Who Had Previously Failed HIV Treatment”
AIDS PATIENT CARE and STDs. Volume 23, Number 3, 2009ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI: 10.1089=apc.2008.0170

*I happen to know that Dr. Enriquez has several other publications and presentations under her belt. She is a great speaker on HIV, women with HIV, and Latino chronic health issues. She also is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
Current Research Projects

Familias En Nuestra Escuela: efficacy testing of a culturally specific violence prevention program targeting Latino adolescents

Mujer a Mujer Alcanzamos la Salud: development of a telephone coping intervention targeting Latinas living with HIV disease

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy Bradley-Springer permalink
    March 8, 2010 3:37 pm

    Thank you for your excellent story on Maithe Enriquez. She is all that you have said she is and a lot more. On thing you missed is that Dr. Enriquez is a valued member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC). Her work has made our journal stronger and her article reviews are always supportive as well as educational. I have been so impressed with her work that I awarded her the first JANAC Reviewer Award at in 2009. I know you couldn’t cover all of Dr. Enriquez’ accomplishments in your short blog, but I thought you’d like to know about this one!

    PS – Dr. Enriquez is also a member of the national board of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

    Lucy Bradley-Springer, Editor, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

    • March 8, 2010 3:42 pm

      Lucy – thank you so much for your comment! I did not know this about Maithe, as she did not share it with me. This is what I mean about her quite humbleness and work to improve health care. She is a joy to know and I thank you so much for commenting about her!!!! I hope others will read this comment. Do you mind if I add it as an addendum to this post?


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