Mary Pate, nursing, began her term as chair of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation on July 1, 2014. She will serve a two-year term through June 30, 2016. A board member from July 2009 through June 2013, she was secretary/treasurer in 2011–2012 and chair-elect in 2013–2014.
AACN Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the AACN, promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal. It has certified more than 72,000 nurses and provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing. Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide.