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Sheryl Innerarity, RN, PhD, FNP, CNS | Associate Professor

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Phone: 512 471-4183

Office: NUR 5.145
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Sheri Innerarity has been on the UT School of Nursing faculty since 1989. Since 1995, her teaching assignments have been mostly to the Graduate Students at UTSN. In July she was appointed as Chair of the newly developed APRN Division at the UT School of Nursing through 2017. In October 2014, she was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Board of Nursing in Texas as the NP Education representative. In May, 2015, she won the Service Award for The University of Texas School of Nursing.

Dr. Innerarity has been actively involved with Texas Nurse Practitioners for many years. She is currently on the TNP Board of Directors from 2015-2017, and was a previous BOD member 2008-2012. She was appointed Vice President in the Spring of  2015, and has been elected to that position starting in September.

She Chairs the TNP Education Committee, which plans the TNP Annual Conference  in the Fall and the TNP Pharmacology Conference in the Spring. Dr. Innerarity also Chairs the Practice Solutions Committee for TNP, in which the members represent Texas APRNs who have a variety of practice experience and sites, which has prepared them to answer a wide variety of questions on advanced practice, the rules of the Texas BON and other practice questions. In 2014 she was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Texas State University FNP program.

Her academic and research interests include symptom management in patients with chronic diseases, such as Heart Failure. She is also interested in acute illnesses in adults, fluid, electrolyte and acid base issues, and renal disease. Other interests include advanced practice legislative issues.

Dr. Innerarity has been awarded the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Excellence Award for practice in Texas, which will be given at the AANP annual meeting in Nashville in June. She lectures regularly on issues related to Documentation and Communication of Critical Incidents in Acute Care, nursing negligence, APRN practice and legal issues. Dr. Innerarity has a consulting practice as an expert witness in Adult Health nursing and APRN malpractice and negligence cases. She also lectures on Legal issues for Advanced Practice Nurses, and Documentation and Coding for APRNs.

Dr. Innerarity's clinical practice includes work as a FNP and Adult Health CNS for Dr. Rob Dougherty in Bastrop, TX, where she manages the care of mostly adult patients with chronic illness, and women’s health and also care of their patients in the local long-term care facilities. In addition she supervises clinical practice with APRN graduate students in a variety of acute and specialty settings.

Her personal interests include reading for pleasure, golf, live music and dancing. She regularly volunteers for the Bugle Boy, a Listening Room in La Grange. She raises chickens for organic eggs, and tends her blackberry vines and other assorted fruit bearing trees on her farm in Bastrop County.

She is enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband Robb Schreiner, a retired PA, and her children-daughters Alysabeth, Aly and Helen, her grandchildren-Georgia, 18,  Cedar, 14, and Avery,  2 1/2, and her animals--2 rather large dogs--Cotton, an Akbash, and Cleo, an Anatolian Shepherd, as well as 5 cats Tigger, Delilah,  Karma and the latest additions, two orange and white manx, Hooligan and Shenanigan.

  • Texas Nurses Foundation: Qualities and Characteristics of Advanced Practice Nurses in Texas
  • The Meaning of the Experience of Heart Transplantation
  • Self-Care Agency in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Dissertation, unpublished)
  • Abel, E., Horner, S., Tyler, D., Innerrarity, S. (2005) The impact of genetic information on policy and clinical practice. Journal of Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 6(1).
  • Innerarity, S. & Kass-Wolff, J. (2002) Qualities and Characteristics of APN Practice in Texas. Texas Nurse.
  • Carelock, J., & Innerarity, S. (2001). Critical incidents: Effective documentation and communication. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 23(4)1-10.
  • Innerarity, S, (2000). Hypo-magnesemia in acute and chronically ill patients. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 23(2), 1-19.
  • McSweeney, J.C., Innerarity, S.A., Redland, A.R., & Stuifbergen, A.K. (1997). A conceptual model for an adult health masters in nursing curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 36(2), 82-85.
  • McSweeney, J.C, Innerarity, S.A., Clark, A.P., Richards, R., Mitchell, M.B., & Tyler, D.O. (1995). What about me? Spouses' quality of life after heart transplantation. Journal of Transplant Coordination, 5, 59-64.
  • Cleveland (Innerarity), S.A. (1989). Re: 'Perceived self-care agency: A LISREL Factor Analysis of Bickel and Hanson's Questionnaire' [letter]. Nursing Research, 38(1), 59.
  • Innerarity, S.A. (1992). Hyperkalemic emergencies. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 14(4), 32-39.
  • Innerarity, S.A. (1990). Electrolyte emergencies in the critically ill renal patient. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 2(1), 89-99.