Mary Frances D. Pate, RN, PhD
Mary Frances D. Pate, RN, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama. She was previously an associate professor at The University of Portland School of Nursing in Oregon from 2012-2015, associate professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing from 2009-2012, and assistant professor at The Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing in Portland from 2005 – 2009. Before her career in academe, Dr. Pate was a clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at The Oregon Health & Science University from 2000-2005 and The Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, from 1993-2000.
Dr. Pate completed a two-year term as chair of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (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. 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 Birmingham, and Greater Portland chapters.
She served on the editorial board of AACN Advanced Critical Care from 2004-2014 and was pediatric department editor from 2007-2014, and participates as a reviewer for several academic journals. Her evidence-based published work comprises articles and text chapters related to pediatric intensive care, and person and family-centered care. A frequent presenter on nursing topics, Dr. Pate has spoken on the value of certification, pediatric intensive care, leadership, healthy work environments, and evidence-based care.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, she has earned the Nurse Luminary Recognition Award from the American Nurses Association, and is a lifetime member of AACN.
Dr. Pate has a Doctor of Philosophy from UAB’s School of Nursing, where she also earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in nursing.