Muriel G. Softli, MPA, MEd, BSN, RN of Seattle received her nursing diploma from Sacra­mento County Hospital, her Associate Degree from Sacra­mento Junior College, her Baccalau­reate in Nursing Science from the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing, and her Master’s Degree in Public Admin­is­tra­tion and her Master’s in Educa­tion from Central Washington Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Washington. When Muriel trans­ferred her member­ship form California State Nurses Associ­a­tion to Washington, she continued to be an involved member of her profes­sional associ­a­tion for over 42 years. She currently is a member of the WSNA Profes­sional Nursing Health Care Council.

Muriel has been a school nurse with the Seattle School District since 1968, providing health services for elemen­tary children in three to five build­ings per school years. In each of these schools, she admin­is­ters the state mandated screen­ings of vision and hearing to every child and scoliosis screening to grades 5 and 6. Besides caring for ill and injured children, she admin­is­ters health assess­ments on new students and those referred for special educa­tion. She serves as a consul­tant in child abuse cases and makes refer­rals with follow-up to Child Protec­tive Services. Muriel not only provides health educa­tion for her students during her daily contact with them, but gives presen­ta­tions on health related topics in the class­room. Because of her strong commit­ment to making certain that students learn about nursing early in life and how they might consider nursing as a career, she has held nursing career classes for 5th and 6th graders.

To ensure that each child is adequately immunized, Muriel not only contacts parents regarding immuniza­tions their children need and the avail­able health resources, but she also sponsors evening clinics at school during a time when the all school parent confer­ences are held.

Muriel is a member of the Student Inter­ven­tion Team in each of her schools, a group that meets each week to plan inter­ven­tions for children who are having diffi­cul­ties in school. She has taught first aid classes for her school staff after hours and on Satur­days. Muriel is one of the elected school nurses from the Seattle School Nurses Associ­a­tion to repre­sent them in the Seattle Educa­tion Associ­a­tion’s Repre­sen­ta­tive Assembly and as a delegate to the annual conven­tions of the Washington Educa­tion Associ­a­tion and the National Educa­tion Associ­a­tion. In 1998, Muriel was one of two individ­uals invited from the State of Washington to partic­i­pate at the Inter­na­tional Educa­tion Organi­za­tion, which repre­sents educa­tors throughout the world.

Many of Muriel’s students, now adults, state that she had a strong influ­ence on their lives. Some, who are now profes­sional nurses, first consid­ered nursing during her career classes.

In June, 1970, Muriel joined the US Air Force Reserve Nurse Corp. She was stationed at McChord Air Force Base and after 26 years, retired as Lieutenant Colonel with many decora­tions. Her dedica­tion and leader­ship skills were recog­nized by her superiors and colleagues and she was promoted early to Chief Nurse for her unit and career advisor for flight nurses. She served overseas during Opera­tion Desert Storm. Muriel was able to influ­ence many minority nurses to make the Air Force a lifelong career. Her overseas work with the military, such as teaching pediatric nursing care and admin­is­tering measles vaccine, will have lasting value. She is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Associ­a­tion and holds a life member­ship in the Air Force Reserve Officers Association.