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

Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive, DUHS, and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing

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. She leads the health system in its endeavor to attain Magnet® designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Duke University Health System achieved Magnet status in 2014. Duke University Hospital (2006, redesignated 2011), Duke Regional Hospital (2008) and Duke Raleigh Hospital (2009) had previously been awarded Magnet status. She is the health system leader for the Duke Graduate Demonstration Nurse Education Project, one of five funded by CMMI. She provides leadership for the patient experience, education services, care management, ancillary professional services as well as centralized nursing services such as recruitment, flexible staffing and staff promotion programs. She also provides leadership for the Duke University Health Systems’ Friends of Nursing Program, an endowed program for the recognition of excellence and support of nurses.

Fuchs was promoted to Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer of Duke University Hospital in June of 1999. In September of 2001, her role was expanded to serve as the Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive to include all of Duke University Health System. From 1997 to 1999, Fuchs served as the service line administrator for oncology services. Prior to this she led the development of Duke's stem cell transplant programs and served in various clinical nursing roles.  

Fuchs earned a doctorate in nursing practice; a post master’s certificate in education and her master’s degree in oncology nursing from Duke University and received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Fuchs was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. She is a fellow in the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and clinical associate with the Duke University School of Nursing. She serves as Region 3 Director on the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Triangle Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau and served as the nurse administrator on the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Fuchs was one of 25 recognized in 2007 by the Triangle Business Journal's Women in Business.