Herring Named 2007 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence
Mary Wright Reuther Herring poses with President Richard F. Wilson after being named
the Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Former Illinois Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Nursing
Mary Wright Reuther Herring, class of 1970, was named the 2007 Distinguished Alumna
for Nursing Excellence, an honor given annually to one alum who has demonstrated outstanding
excellence in the fields of nursing practice, education and research. Herring was
recognized on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the School of Nursing Homecoming Brunch and Social
Hour. Herring delivered a speech titled “Finding Your Passion—Sharing Your Voice.”
Herring is the president and owner of Healing Interventions, P.C., a clinical hypnosis
service in Phoenix that has offered cliental hypnosis based on a scientific foundation
and holistic perspective since 1999. Herring promotes hypnosis as a therapeutic tool
for self-induced change in attitudes and behavior. Combining hypnosis with healthy
living strategies, Herring assists her clients in achieving their personal goals,
such as quitting smoking, managing pain and stress, and preparing for medical procedures.
She has published numerous books and articles on alternative and conventional medicine
and, in 2002, co-edited a volume titled Blackwell’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fast Facts for Medical Practice.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor of science in nursing degree,
Herring earned a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in 1974, and went on
to earn certification in the areas of occupational health, hypnotherapy, and clinical
aromatherapy. She taught nursing at IWU from 1974 to 1979. Since 1980, she has been
a member of the nursing faculty at the University of Phoenix. The Arizona Valle del
Sol Association of Occupational Health Nurses named her “Nurse of the Year” in 1998.
Herring is also a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the American Society
of Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Holistic Nursing Association.