Title: Nurse Psychotherapist, Educator
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Merle Pray, Nurse Psychotherapist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Ms. Pray began her academic pursuits at the New Hampshire School of Nursing, earning a diploma in nursing in 1952, and started as the head nurse in the Michael Reese Psychosomatic Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, Illinois, from 1953 to 1964. She returned to her higher education at Loyola University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1977, and accepted a position as a community placement coordinator with the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Development Disability. She went on to serve as a mental health administrator and a planning area coordinator until 1981.
In 1983, Ms. Pray graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master of Science, and in 1984 she started as the head nurse of the VA West Side Medical Center in Chicago. She continued to work at the center, serving as an advanced practice nurse in 1985 and transitioned to working as a nurse psychotherapist and clinical specialist, positions she held for nearly 30 years. In addition to her primary pursuits, Ms. Pray contributed her experience and knowledge for a year as an adjunct clinical instructor of psychiatric nursing at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, from 1986 to 1987. She found additional success through her written works, authoring “Effectiveness of Day Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Patients with Severe Chronic Illness” and contributing to the Journal of Addictions in 2008.
Since 2014, Ms. Pray has been enjoying her retirement. As a registered nurse in the state of Illinois, She holds numerous professional certifications, including as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing from the American Nurses Association, as well as certifications in addictions nursing from the National Nurses Society on Addictions. Ms. Pray maintains affiliation with numerous organizations related to her areas of expertise, including the American Nurses Association, the National Nurses Society on Addictions, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Illinois Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International: 033 Alpha Lambda. Among her myriad career achievements, she is most proud of her involvement with the Veterans Administration.
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