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Mainous, a Lexington native and UK doctoral graduate, joined the UK College of Nursing as its sixth dean on Nov. 14, 2022.

Mainous most recently served as dean of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) with campuses in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.

She was formerly a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow; director of academic nursing development at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; former dean and professor at Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health in Dayton, Ohio; and associate dean for graduate programs and research and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Louisville (U of L) School of Nursing.

Along with a Ph.D. in nursing from UK, Mainous has a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from U of L. She is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Mainous practiced as a neonatal nurse practitioner and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for research. She has worked diligently to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in those most vulnerable among us — preterm infants. Her scholarship has scanned biobehavioral clinical research, work on incivility, readiness to practice in new BSN graduates, policy initiatives related to maternal access to care, curriculum design, support for new deans and academic rigor for practice doctorates.