Carol M. Patton

Dr. PH, FNP-BC, Certified Nurse Educator, Healthcare Informatics Certificate, Parish Nurse

Visiting Professor, Program Director, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program



I am nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner. I maintain a clinical practice in rural primary care and I am a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing. I am a Program Evaluator for the National League for Nursing Education Accreditation On-Site Program Evaluator and previously served as a Distance Education Accrediting Commission Evaluator (DEAC). I have served in leadership roles for local, regional, national, and state nursing organizations as well as professional nursing organizations. I am a member of several professional nursing and other closely-related professional organizations.  I have previously served in a variety of leadership roles in numerous professional nursing organizations.

I have published and presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on several topics related to clinical nursing practice and organizational leadership and change to create high-reliability organizations focusing on patient safety and quality as well as nurse satisfaction and retention. I have served in leadership roles as Director of Nursing Research for two major healthcare systems facilitating nursing research, nursing scholarship, and evidence-based practice assisting them with professional nursing evidence-based practice, research, and scholarship publications and dissemination for their Magnet status. I am on the Editorial review Board and a reviewer for the Journal of Nurse Practitioners. 

I have written extensively on a variety of topics related to nursing and interprofessional  healthcare including communications and other key topics and concepts focusing on the development of high-reliability teams and specifically on developing strategies and cultures to enhance patient safety and quality. I am a nursing education consultant creating and revising AD, BSN, RN-BSN, Master’s, Family Nurse Practitioner Programs, DNP, and PhD programs preparing nurses at all educational levels to be able to positively impact patient safety, nurse satisfaction, interprofessional collaboration, enhanced patient outcomes as well as nursing services and health care delivery in the 21st century.

Research Interests

Rural primary care; health promotion in vulnerable populations; safe driving across the lifespan; primary  prevention 


Patton, C.M. (2001). Dealing with prejudice in the ED. Advance for Nurse 

Practitioners, 9(7), 26.

Patton, C. M. (2001). Hand wounds: Assessment and treatment issues, Advance for Nurse 

Practitioners, 9(2), 91-92, 102.

Patton, C. M. (2002). Overview of the history of nurse practitioners in the United States. Tsai 

Journal of Nursing Education, 13, 19-24.

Patton, C. M. (2003). Rabies: What primary care providers should know. The American Journal 

for Nurse Practitioners, 7(7), 21-30.

Patton, C.M. (2003). Animal-inflicted hand wounds: Treat early and aggressively. Advance for 

Nurse Practitioners, 11(7), 57-62.

Cohen, N.L. & Patton, C.M. (2006). Worker safety and gluteraldehyde in the gastrointestinal 

lab environment. Gastroenterology Nursing. 29, 100-104.

Fedorka, P. D., Heasley, S.W. & Patton, C.M. (March/April 2013). Perceptions of nurses caring 

for pregnant women in vegetative states. Maternal Child Nursing. 39(2): 80-85.

Chrash, M., Mulich, B. & Patton, C.M. (2011). The APN role in holistic assessment and 

integration of spiritual assessment for advance care planning. Journal of the American 

Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 23: p. 530–536.

Rural primary care; health promotion in vulnerable populations; safe driving across the lifespan; primary  prevention 

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, University of Pittsburgh