Decorated military veteran and WSNA Hall of Famer Muriel Grace Softli, MPA, MEd, BSN, RN received the University of Washington School of Nursing Community Health Nurse Track Preceptor of the Year Award at the Washington State Advanced Practice Nursing Conference on October 27, 2017. As a preceptor, Muriel gives UW School of Nursing students important hands-on patient care experience.
Muriel served in the Air Force Medical Corps from 1970 to 1996 and was the longest assigned flight nurse and first African American nurse to be assigned to McChord Air Force unit 40th AES. Outside of the military, Muriel served as a Seattle Public School nurse for 42 years. She retired seven years ago but came out of retirement to care for students as the school nurse at First Place School, a private nonprofit school for children experiencing trauma or homelessness, where she began precepting Community Health nursing students. As a school nurse, Muriel and her UW students managed medications, dealt with students’ mental health needs, provided annual preventative care exams, participated in Student Intervention Team meetings and more.
WSNA would like to thank Muriel for her commitment and leadership in health care, education and nursing as well as congratulate her well-deserved award and recognition!