Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, FAAN
Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, FAAN, is Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive for the Duke University Health System (DUHS). She brings more than 30 years of nursing clinical and executive management experience to the health system, developing and implementing a nursing professional practice infrastructure. Fuchs is a member of the corporate executive team and is a clinical associate in the Duke University School of Nursing.
With oversight of nearly 5,800 nurses system-wide, her focus is on patient- and family-centered care, professional practice, nursing governance, nursing workforce planning, and program development to enhance the retention and recruitment of nurses.
Fuchs is responsible for Health System nursing and auxiliary professional service initiatives at three hospitals, (1 academic, 2 community), Duke HomeCare and Hospice, and the Duke primary care and specialty ambulatory clinics.
She leads the DUHS Friends of Nursing (FON) Program -- a philanthropic program established to recognize nursing professional excellence, providing stipends for nurses’ continuing education and professional development, and organizing recognition events such as during National Nurses Week and the Friends of Nursing Annual Gala.
She is a Johnson and Johnson-sponsored Wharton School of Management Fellow in nursing management and a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Executive Nurse Fellow. She is a 2012 inductee to the American Academy of Nursing.
Fuchs has served as the president, president-elect, and secretary of the North Carolina Triangle Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has also served as a delegation member in the Citizen’s Ambassador Program-South Africa, and as a special program consultant for Duke/RTI collaboration in Kuwait. She is in Who’s Who of American Graduate Students, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Nurses Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Health Care Management Academy.
Fuchs has given presentations around the world and has been published in general professional journals. She serves her community promoting issues such as education, nursing-home care, and animal protection.