“Having been a nurse for over 48 years, I have been fortunate to serve others and feel part of something bigger than myself. Seeing my work help others has brought me great joy and fulfillment.”
It is impossible to estimate the number of children and families, and the number of veterans, that Mai Tseng’s care has touched in her 48-year career as a nurse. She has served as a nursing supervisor and a nurse manager at both Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, working in critical care, emergency medicine and as a tele-medicine case manager. At Children’s Mercy, she was also active in the hospital’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as a trainer for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She is also a nursing instructor, including several trips to teach nursing at Guangzhou Children’s Hospital in China. Mai holds dual RN licenses and dual master’s degrees. She is the chair and founder of The Chinese-American Nurses of Greater Kansas City (since 2003) and co-founder of a nonprofit called The Community Investing in Today’s Youth (CITY.) She has served on the boards of the YMCA, Kansas City Consensus and the United Nations Association of Kansas City, is a past president of the Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City, and volunteers at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves as a Chinese interpreter/translator as needed for numerous community organizations.