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Mary Jane Williams, RN, PhD

Mary Jane is first a nurse. Secondly an educator of nurses. Has worked diligently in a role as a leader and educator of nurses in the state to promote the profession in public and political arenas. She is a recognized leader in policy and nursing and has actively lobbied at the state level for support of nursing education funding over the last 10 years in her role as chair of Government Relations for the Connecticut Nurses’ Association. She has mentored students in policy practicums and has provided opportunity for students to present testimony at the capital to their peers and colleagues during the legislative session and at legislative day seminars. One of her graduates initiated legislation that was funded to establish a Diaper Bank in Hartford.

Mary Jane has taught nursing at each level for 38 years. She has also taught continuing education courses for practicing nurses in educational methodology and strategy. And is a frequent spokesperson for nursing. She participated in a national interview on national Public Radio (NPR) Boston with Robin Young and Suzanne Gordon related to the shortage. She has NPR interviews related to the national workforce issues related to the nursing shortage.

Her ultimate goal as an educator of nurses is to prepare empowered individuals to function at the expert level in their selected roles within the health care delivery system. These educated individuals will contribute members of a global society. The individuals she educated are and will be the leaders in nursing in the next decades.