AONL President

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Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Mary Ann Fuchs is the vice president of patient care and system chief nurse at Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C. As a member of the executive team, Fuchs promotes an interdisciplinary team approach to care delivery, which values collaboration, as well as excellence in clinical care education and research. During her tenure, Fuchs twice led the Duke University Health System and several Duke Hospitals to achieve Magnet® designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Fuchs is also associate dean of clinical affairs for Duke University School of Nursing.

Fuchs is president of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership Board of Directors. She previously served as a member on the AONL Board and the nurse administrator on the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Fuchs is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and alumna of the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program.

The recipient of numerous awards, the North Carolina Triangle Region recognized Fuchs as one of 25 women in business. She also received the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus Award. Fuchs holds a doctorate in nursing practice, a post-master’s certificate in education and master’s degree in oncology nursing from Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.