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 previously was 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.

She 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 to 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” in AACN Advanced Critical Care.

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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