School Nurse Legend
Muriel G Softli, MPA, MEd, BSN, RN, featured in Seattle Public Schools Health Services Newsletter.
The full-page article in the February 2021 newsletter chronicles Ms. Softli’s early life and education, follows her groundbreaking career in school nursing, the US Air Force, and education.
Nursing, my chosen career, opened doors for me that I could never imagined as a youngster, providing me with a secure, wonderful, and exciting life.Muriel Softli, MPA, MEd, bsn, rn
In 1968, the Seattle School District hired her as a school nurse to provide health services for elementary children in three to five buildings per school years. Ms. Softli served in the Air Force Medical Corps from 1970 to 1996 and was the longest assigned flight nurse and first African American nurse to be assigned to McChord Air Force unit 40th AES. She also taught pediatric nursing in Europe, Asia, and Canada.
In 2000, she was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. In 2019, University of Washington School of Nursing recognized her as one of the 100 most influential nurses in the state.