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Mary Ann Draye Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Date: November 12, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

School of Nursing Assistant Professor Mary Ann Draye was recently honored with Continuing Nursing Education's Lifetime Achievement Award. Draye was honored at CNE's Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Conference in November 2013.

Mary Ann Draye and Dean EmamiMary Ann Draye and Dean EmamiMary Ann Draye earned her BSN at Loyola University in 1964 and her MPH from the University of Michigan in 1968. She joined the faculty of the newly-created Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at UW School of Nursing in 1973 and served as program director from 1977-78 and 2000-2013. For the past 40 years, from the program’s infancy to its present state as a leading doctoral program, Mary Ann has provided exceptional leadership—with student mentorship always a core focus. She has taught and mentored hundreds of FNP students in the classroom and clinical areas, routinely planting “give back” seeds. Generations of UW FNP students have graduated and gone on to be preceptors and leaders in the profession.

Mary Ann has been a tireless advocate for the nurse practitioner role and excellence in nurse practitioner education. During her career, she has represented nursing and nurse practitioners (NPs) on many professional committees and organizations, including the King County Nurses Association /King County Medical Association Joint Practice Committee (1978-80), which worked to clarify role perceptions, communication and joint practice guidelines in response to concerns about the NP role in the medical community.

In 1978, Mary Ann helped plan the first regional conference for nurse practitioners—a conference that has evolved over 36 years to become the premier Pacific Northwest National Conference on Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care. To inform current education and practice, she has collaborated on a study of nurse practitioner “pioneers” in Washington State, documenting their evolution and challenges in transitioning from nurse to nurse practitioner. Throughout her career she has mentored not only students but also preceptors and other faculty.

 You can read more about Mary Ann's contributions here.


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