Title: Paramedic Educator, Emergency Nurse
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Maryalice Witzel, Paramedic Educator and Emergency Nurse, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a clinical nurse and medical educator.
Ms. Witzel began her nursing career as a staff float nurse at the Lincoln General Hospital in Illinois in 1968. She accepted a position as a charge nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital in 1974, simultaneously working as a school nurse for the Council Bluffs Public School System until 1975. After spending a year as a charge nurse in the emergency department at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Witzel leveraged her experience as a paramedic instructor and clinical coordinator at the institution from 1976 to 1980. Following her departure, she spent five years as a staff nurse in the emergency department of the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and rose to the rank of South Central area coordinator, a post she held from 1987 to 2000.
From 1992 until her retirement in 2014, Ms. Witzel served as the disaster chairman at the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, and in addition to her primary professional pursuits, she built a prolific career as a nursing educator for numerous organizations. From 1976 to 1980, she worked as an instructor of an emergency medical technician refresher course at the Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, and from 1977 to 1979, she employed her expertise as an emergency medical skills and CPR instructor. Ms. Witzel taught advanced trauma care for nurses in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984, acted as a guest reviewer for the Moby Publishing Company in 1995, and since 1995, has contributed to the American Heart Association as an affiliate faculty member.
In preparation for her career, Ms. Witzel earned a diploma in nursing from the Lincoln General Hospital in 1968. From 1973 to 1977, she attended Iowa Western Community College, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska. From 1982 to 1983, she continued her academic pursuits at Grand Canyon University, and in 1991, she completed additional coursework at Phoenix College. In 2003, Ms. Witzel graduated from Excelsior College with a BSN, and in 2008, she concluded her higher education, graduating from Midwestern University with a Master of Science in bioethics. She also holds myriad professional certifications, including certification as an instructor of paramedics, basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, emergency nursing and wilderness emergency medical training.
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