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 University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon. She previously was an associate professor at University of Alabama (UA) School of Nursing, Birmingham, from 2009–2011. Before 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. She began her nursing career as an RN in the Birmingham area.

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 from 2001–2003. She has been an active member of AACN’s Greater Portland and Greater Birmingham chapters.

She continues to serve on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal AACN Advanced Critical Care, a position she’s held since 2004. She also is pediatric department editor for AACN Advanced Critical Care and was a contributing editor to the pediatric column in AACN’s Critical Care Nurse, from 2009–2012.

Her published work includes many nursing articles, including pediatric intensive care. Most recently, she authored “Nursing Leadership: From the Bedside to the Boardroom” and co-authored “Providing Adult and Pediatric Care in the Same Unit: Multiple Considerations” in AACN Advanced Critical Care.

A frequent presenter on nursing topics, Pate recently spoke on the value of certification at the nurse residency graduation at Legacy Health System in Portland.

She also presented “Where Worlds Collide: Children in the Adult Intensive Care Unit” at the 2012 Annual Critical Care Symposium sponsored by AACN’s Greater Portland Chapter and “It Takes a Village: The CNS Student, Faculty and Preceptor Partnership” at the 2nd Annual Society of Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, in 2012.

A member of 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.

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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