Mae L. Johnson, a certified psychiatric mental health nurse at St. Elizabeths Hospital, has been named 1985 D.C. Nurse of the Year by the D.C. Nurses' Association. Johnson, who has worked at St. Elizabeths for the past 28 years, was responsible for instituting the team nursing concept in crisis intervention in her unit.

Selected for the award from a field of 16 nurses working in D.C. health care facilities, she was cited for her perceptive and objective observation of patients and the quality of her individual nursing care.

Ella B. Pearis of Anacostia, an American Red Cross volunteer since 1974, was recently honored as one of five winners of the 1985 Jefferson Award for local public service, sponsored by WTTG-TV.

A member of the D.C. chapter's board of directors and the chapter's Southeast Service Center Advisory Board, Pearis is chairwoman of a program that provides shopping trips for ambulatory patients at D.C. Village who because of their physical or mental infirmities would otherwise be unable to do their shopping alone.

Pearis taught elementary school in Maryland and Virginia for 15 years and was an employe of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where she retired in 1956. A member of the Anacostia Historical Society, she lectures students and community groups on the progress of blacks in the Anacostia area and regularly gives tours of her home, the oldest house in the Anacostia area built by a black person. The home, built in 1876, has housed six generations of her family.

Virginia Falta-Lee, a 79-year-old Silver Spring woman who works as a waitress at the Mayflower Hotel's Cafe Promenade in the District and Kushner's Seafood Restaurant in Silver Spring, is the winner of the Washington Convention and Visitors Association's 1985 Gold Hospitality Award.

Selected from nominations of 750 employers in hotel and motel, restaurant, transportation, tour services and related businesses in the metropolitan area, Falta-Lee received the award and a $1,000 prize at a National Tourism Week luncheon Tuesday at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Falta-Lee, who works seven days a week, says she continues working because she likes meeting people and serving them. "What would I do with my time if I didn't work?" she said.

Silver awards and $500 prizes went to Bianca Bohrer of Fairfax and Elisabeth Treupel of Bethesda, who have accumulated thick piles of complimentary letters from travelers they have served. Bohrer, a passenger service agent for Delta Airlines at National Airport, has been with Delta for 17 years. Treupel, a tour guide with Washington Guides Inc. for the past 11 years, conducts tours in German and English.