Ms. DeWald joined the DCN team in February of 2007. She began her
nursing career with home visits as a young girl with her father. Mary Pat later became a nursing assistant, received her ADN, and
followed this with a BSN, MSN and MPA. Mary Pat is Board Certified in two specialties, Critical Care and Sexual Assault (SANE) and
has over 25 years of professional experience in a variety of settings: Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health OB, GYN; Forensic CNS;
developed Metro Denver’s first Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner Program; appointed member on Governor Ritter’s Nurse Workforce, Patient
Safety Taskforce; and currently Co-Chairs a Governor appointed position on Colorado’s Child Fatality Prevention Team.