Ms. DeWald joined the DCN team
in 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.