WIN Remembers Marie Driever

WIN News,

Marie J. Driever, PhD, RN, FAAN, passed away on May 10, 2023.

Marie provided distinguished service to WIN on a sustained basis over decades. In recognition, she received WIN’s highest honors, including induction into the Western Academy of Nurses (WAN) in 1994; the Jo Eleanor Elliott Leadership Award in 2008; and WIN Emeriti in 2022. She was also inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her research and leadership in the profession.

Marie was a clinical nurse researcher and brought a crucial focus on clinical practice issues and research to help WIN meet its tri-partite mission of research, practice, and education. As a WAN member, she made presentations on WAN panels at the annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001. Her topics included interdisciplinary teamwork, evidence-based practice, and partnerships in knowledge development and application. She was instrumental in ensuring that Providence Medical Center in Portland and Group Health Cooperative in Seattle were agency members of WIN.

Marie was appointed to the WIN Program Committee from 1997 – 2015 and served as the Committee Chair from 2003 – 2011. She served as an abstract reviewer during all those years and beyond and was a frequent moderator of conference concurrent sessions. Marie also made poster, podium, and symposium presentations between 1993 and 2014 on topics including redesign of care delivery through research utilization and building Russian nursing research capacity. In 2007, WIN celebrated its 50th Anniversary with keynote panels on research, practice, and education, and Marie was a member of the Practice Keynote Panel.

Marie was elected to the WIN Board of Governors and served as the Governor Representative of Nursing Practice from 2000 – 2008. She was then elected in 2008 to a 2-year term as President-Elect, served as President from 2010 – 2012, and as Past President from 2012 – 2013.

One of Marie’s most significant contributions to WIN was the conceptualization, design and implementation of the Clinical Inquiry Initiative (CII) from 2005 – 2017. Marie developed the CII as a guided experience through the WIN conferences for staff and supervisory nurses and as an encouragement for them to participate in the WIN conferences. Marie recognized they needed support to find and process the research reports most important to their own areas of practice. She met with the CII participants at the start of each conference and throughout to assist them with identifying the concurrent sessions of importance and to help in the assimilation of their learning. Participants’ evaluations indicated the CII was very valuable.

Marie was a modest, yet most effective and devoted leader in WIN. She never asked for recognition, but has been the epitome of distinguished service to WIN. She will be missed.

Paula A. McNeil, MS, RN (Ret)
Former WIN Executive Director