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Published on May 07, 2013

Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Inducted into Altru’s Nursing Hall of Fame

Grand Forks, N.D. – Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., was inducted this morning into Altru Health System’s Nursing Hall of Fame as part of Altru’s weeklong celebration of National Nurses Week. Dr. Wakefield is currently serving as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was named to this position by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Wakefield was associate dean for the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In the 1990s, she served as chief of staff to North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and Quentin Burdick.

A native of Devils Lake, N.D., Dr. Wakefield earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, and master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Altru’s Nursing Hall of Fame award is given to nurses who, over the course of their career, exhibit extraordinary achievement in nursing at Altru. National Nurses Week is held annually, beginning May 6 and ending May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.