Mary Frances Pate, Chair

AACN Certification Corporation 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 recently served as an associate professor at University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon from 2012-2014. She was previously an associate professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, from 2009-2011. Before the UAB 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 the Board Advisory Team from 2001-2003. She has been an active member of AACN’s Greater Portland and Greater Birmingham chapters.

She served on the editorial board of AACN Advanced Critical Care from 2004-2014, and was pediatric department editor from 2007-2014. She was also a contributing editor to the pediatric column in Critical Care Nurse from 2009-2012.

Her published work comprises 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 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, she has earned several prestigious awards, including the Nurse Luminary Recognition Award from the American Nurses Association.

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


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