LDI Health Policy Seminar Series:
LDI Health Policy Seminar Series

Mary Foley, RN, MS
The American Nurses Association (ANA)

"Nurses Assuring Quality Care for all Populations"
(Note this presentation requires the use of PowerPoint 2000.)

December 7, 2001, 12:00 p.m.
Colonial Penn Center Auditorium
(3641 Locust Walk)


Mary E. Foley, MS, RN, is president of the American Nurses Association. Foley was previously employed for 19 years at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, a member of the Catholic Healthcare West Network. She was the director of nursing and chief nurse executive for 2 years. Prior to that, she served as a medical-surgical staff nurse at Saint Francis for 17 years. She was a part-time clinical faculty member at San Francisco State University School of Nursing and was the faculty adviser for the student nurses association at the school. From 1976 to 1980, Foley was the assistant director of ambulatory care review at the New York County Health Services Review Organization.

A registered nurse for more than 25 years, Foley has been active in the health care policy arena, and she continues to write and lecture about health care policy, collective action in the workplace, and health and safety. She was appointed to the California Tuberculosis Elimination Task Force in the Department of Health Services from 1993 to1994, the Mayor's HIV Task Force for the City of San Francisco in 1989, and California's RN Special Advisory Committee on the Nursing Shortage for the Department of Consumer Affairs in 1989. She also is a project consultant for the Training for the Development of Innovative Control Technology (TDICT) Project. The TDICT Project, part of the Trauma Foundation at San Francisco General Hospital, was founded in 1990 to bring together health care workers, product designers, and industrial hygienists to prevent exposure to blood through better design and evaluation of medical devices and equipment. The TDICT Project is also a partner with the ANA.

Foley has held numerous elected and appointed positions with the ANA at both the state and national levels. She served as ANA's second vice president from 1994 to 1996 and as first vice president from 1996 to 2000. She also was chairperson of the Constituent Assembly for two years. She was an official representative at the 1997 and 1999 meetings of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Additionally, she was the chair of the ANA Legislative Committee and a member of the ANA Political Action Committee Board of Directors. At the state level, Foley served as president and treasurer of the California Nurses Association when it was an ANA-affiliated organization. Her professional organizational involvement began with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), where she served as president in 1974-1975. She is the first NSNA past-president to be elected ANA President.

Foley received her nursing diploma in 1973 from New England Deaconness Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN in 1976 from Boston University School of Nursing in Massachusetts, and her Master's of Science in Nursing Administration and Occupational Health from the University of California in San Francisco in 1994.

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