Muriel Softli

Muriel Grace Softli, MPA, MEd, BSN, RN

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!