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Mari Jessica Wirfs Abernathy

Mari Jessica Wirfs Abernathy, American nursing educator, consultant. Georgia State Scholarship Commission scholar, 1970-1972, grant, Department of Health, 1972-1973.


  • Abernathy, Mari Jessica Wirfs was born on October 4, 1947 in San Diego, California, United States. Daughter of Lewis Lenard and Bonnie Lee (Qualls) Wirfs.

  • Education

    • AS, DeKalb College, 1970. Bachelor of science in nursing, Georgia State University, 1972. Minnesota, Emory University, 1973.

      Postgraduate, University New Orleans, since 1983.


    • Staff nurse medical and intensive care units Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, 1970—1971. Medical unit Georgia Baptist Hospital, 1971—1972. Private duty nurse Piedmont Hospital, 1972—1973.

      Instructor nursing Nell Hodgson Woodruff School Nursing, Emory University, 1974, adjunct instructor, 1974—1978. Senior staff nurse DeKalb County Alcohol and Drug Program, Central DeKalb Mental Health Center, DeKalb County, 1974—1975. Clinical nurse specialist, group therapy leader Salvation Army Resident Center Rehabilitation, Atlanta, 1976—1978.

      Nursing supervisor Georgia Regional Hospital, 1975. Clinical nurse specialist/nursing supervisor Fulton County Alcoholism Treatment Center, 1975. Nurse specialist, clinic coordinator Atlanta Depression Clinic, 1977.

      Community psychiatric-mental health consultant and educator to c institutions, agencies and programs including hospitals, schools nursing, community health centers Atlanta, 1973—1978. Adjunct instructor nursing School Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1979—1983. Instructor nursing division nursing School Nursing Louisiana State University Medical Center, since 1983.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Volunteer Salvation Army, Atlanta, New Orleans, 1978—1983, American Red Cross, New Orleans, Atlanta, 1968—1983. Member of American Nurses Association (member council advanced practitioners in psychiatric-mental health nursing since 1974), Louisiana State Nurses Association, American Nurses' Foundation Century Club, National Nurses' Society on Alcoholism, Salvation Army Nurses' Fellowship, National League Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Married John M. Abernathy. Children: John, Michael, Lindsey.
    • father: Lewis Lenard Wirfs
    • mother: Bonnie Lee (Qualls) Wirfs
    • spouse: John M. Abernathy
    • children: John Abernathy
    • Michael Abernathy
    • Lindsey Abernathy
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    Born October 4, 1947
    (age 70)