I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Mary Ann Fuchs, Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive for Duke University Health System and the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for Duke University School of Nursing.
Dr. Fuchs began her career in oncology nursing, later becoming an oncology clinical nurse specialist, and continued on that path working with adult and pediatric stem cell transplant patients. However, like many of us, Dr. Fuchs did not imagine the turn her career would take. As opportunities were presented and mentors guided her, Dr. Fuchs is now a respected leader at a prestigious health system and nursing school.
During our conversation, Dr. Fuchs shared her passion in nursing, three pieces of advice for up-and-coming nurse leaders, and the important work being done by the Nurses on Boards Coalition. Dr. Fuchs emphasized the unique perspective and experiences of nurses – we understand what happens with patients, we understand how things work in clinical organizations, and we are the most trusted profession. Our service on boards is essential to share all that we know and advance the impact of our profession.
Please listen to our full conversation here
Thank you, Dr. Fuchs, for speaking with me and sharing your story.
About Dr. Mary Ann Fuchs
Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive for Duke University Health System and the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for Duke University School of Nursing. As vice president of patient care and system chief nurse executive, Fuchs is responsible for the practice of nursing by ensuring consistency in the standard of practice across clinical settings. As a member of the health system executive team, Fuchs supports and facilitates an interdisciplinary team approach to the delivery of care. This includes creating a nursing environment in which collaboration is valued and excellence in clinical care education and research is promoted and achieved. Read more…
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