Mary Ann Fuchs Oral History Interview, 2022

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Creator:
Fuchs, Mary Ann
Abstract:
Dr. Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, stepped down as 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 in 2022. During her 2 decades as a chief nursing leader for the Duke University Health System, Fuchs maintained and expanded Duke's reputation as a site for excellence in clinical care, patient experience, education, and research. Notably, she led successful efforts to achieve magnet designation for the health system from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Among her many contributions to the field, she acts as Region 3 Director for the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association. Fuchs was made a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on October 31, 2022 by Josephine McRobbie. In the interview, Fuchs discusses her background and education; research and care at Duke Hospital; career paths for nurses, healthcare mentors, and colleagues; and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The themes of this interview include nursing, nursing education, and healthcare leadership.
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1 interview (1 transcript) and 950 MB
Collection ID:
OH.FUCHSM

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview conducted on October 31, 2022 with Mary Ann Fuchs by Josephine McRobbie.

In the interview, Fuchs discusses her background and education; research and care at Duke Hospital; career paths for nurses, healthcare mentors, and colleagues; and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The themes of this interview include nursing, nursing education, and healthcare leadership.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, was born in Buffalo, New York, where her father worked in construction, but also spent a substantial amount of time as a volunteer firefighter. Her mother was also deeply involved in the fire company's community support efforts. From these examples, Fuchs learned early on the satisfaction that comes from roles where an individual really gets to help another person.

Interested in healthcare professions, Fuchs majored in Nursing at Binghamton University (then the State University of New York at Binghamton). Soon after graduating from nursing school, she was recruited, in 1982, to Duke's combination pulmonary and oncology unit as a staff nurse, where she gained a passion for working with oncology patients. In this position she discovered how special it was to care for people at the most vulnerable point in their lives. In addition to this, it was in oncology that Fuchs began to see the innovations that nurses cultivate through their everyday work. Often, the nurse is the point of service in a hospital setting, and, at times, there may not be another resource available, but that nurse still needs to provide whatever service the patient requires.

In 1984, Fuchs was promoted to Assistant Head Nurse of Duke's Adult Hematology/Oncology Unit, and in 1985, to Assistant Head Nurse of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, where she later became Head Nurse. Leading the development of Duke's stem cell transplant programs and being there for the development of clinical trials, "showed [Fuchs] the breadth and depth around being able to provide care." Fuchs advanced to the role of Director of Oncology Nursing and Services at Duke University Hospital, and, in 1997, to Assistant Chief Operating Officer of Duke University Hospital. Fuchs was promoted to Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer of Duke University Hospital in June of 1999, and, soon after, her role was expanded to serve as the Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive for Duke University Health System. Throughout her career, Fuchs championed continuing education in nursing, leading by example through earning her Doctor in Nursing Practice, a Post-Master's Certificate in Education, and a Master's Degree in Oncology Nursing from Duke University. Fuchs strongly believes in creating a learning culture and the importance of leaders at all levels to help their people grow. This in turn enhances knowledge, experiences, and the delivery of care, as well as the profession of nursing.

In 2022, Fuchs stepped down as 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. During her 2 decades as a chief nursing leader for the Duke University Health System, Fuchs maintained and expanded Duke's reputation as a site for excellence in clinical care, patient experience, education, and research. Notably, she led successful efforts to achieve magnet designation for the health system from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Among her many contributions to the field, she acts as Region 3 Director for the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association. Fuchs was made a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2023.017 (transferred by Josephine McRobbie, March 2023)
Processing information:

Processed by Lucy Waldrop: April 2023

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, October 31, 2022.
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Personal Name(s):
Fuchs, Mary Ann
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University Health System
Duke University. School of Nursing
Topical Term(s):
Organization and Administration.
COVID-19.
Education, Nursing.
Leadership.

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