Mary Frances Pate, Immediate Past Chair

AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2016 – June 2017

Mary Frances Pate, RN, PhD, CNS, completed a two-year term as chair on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors on June 30, 2016. She now serves as immediate past chair. 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 assistant professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, North Carolina. She was previously an associate professor at University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon from 2012-2014 and 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.

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.

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

Her published work includes many nursing articles. 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” for AACN Advanced Critical Care.

Pate has a Doctor of Philosophy from UAB’s School of Nursing, where she also earned Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees.


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