Mary Frances Pate, Chair

AACN Certification Board
July 2014 – June 2016


Mary Frances Pate, RN, PhD, CNS, serves a two-year term as chair on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016. A board member from July 2009 through June 2013, she was secretary/treasurer in 2011–2012 and chair-elect in 2013–2014.

Pate is an associate professor at the University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon. She previously was an associate professor at the University of Alabama (UA) School of Nursing, Birmingham, from 2009–2011. Prior to the UA position, she was an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing in Portland.

Before holding teaching positions at the graduate level, she was a clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric ICU at Oregon Health & Science University from 2000–2005 and at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, from 1993–2000.

A member of numerous AACN volunteer committees, she sat on the Healthy Work Environment Work Group in 2006–2007, NTI Program Planning Committee in 2003–2004, chairing that same group in 2007–2008, and Board Advisory Team in 2001–2003.

She continues to serve on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal AACN Advanced Critical Care, a position she’s held since 2004.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pate has earned several prestigious awards, including the Nurse Luminary Recognition Award from the American Nurses Association. Her published work includes nearly 20 articles in nursing literature, many about pediatric intensive care.

Pate has a doctor of philosophy degree from UA’s School of Nursing where she also earned Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing degrees.


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