ANA Mourns the Passing of Mary Florence Woody

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It is with deepest sadness that the American Nurses Association (ANA) informs the nursing community of the passing of revered colleague, Mary Florence Woody, RN, MA, FAAN. Woody, 84, passed away earlier this week from congestive heart failure at her home in Atlanta. In her long career as a nurse and nurse educator, she had an immeasurable impact on the nursing profession.

Innovation was the hallmark of Woody’s career as a nurse educator. Mary Woody helped develop the national cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines that clarified the nurses’ role, and she worked tirelessly to foster advanced practice nursing across the country. She served as the director of nursing at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital. Additionally, she was the founding dean of Auburn University’s School of Nursing, where she launched a strong, practice-oriented baccalaureate program that received national accreditation. She also served as the associate dean of Emory’s School of Nursing.

The nursing profession has lost a valued mentor and devoted advocate. ANA’s heartfelt sympathies go out to the Woody family and the generations of nurses who benefitted from her wealth of knowledge and tireless dedication to the profession.