Barbara J. Patterson

Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, ANEF

  • Professor
  • Director of PhD Program

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Nursing Science (1992)
    University of Rhode Island (RI)

About Me

After receiving a diploma in nursing from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, I went on to obtain my BSN from D'Youville College, MSN from University of Southern Maine, and PhD from the University of Rhode Island.

In 1992, I began teaching undergraduate nursing students advanced medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, and research at Widener University. I now teach qualitative research, nursing science, and theory in the PhD program, as well as advise doctoral dissertation students. I also am chair of the Institutional Review Board at Widener.

Currently, my research has been in the area of leadership competencies for leaders in nursing education. I have presented and published extensively in nursing education. I have also conducted research in the areas of social support and aging, male nursing students, evidence-based teaching, and leadership. in nursing education.

Off campus, I am faculty for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International where I work with novice nurse educators and leadership development. I also serve as chair of the research review panel for the National League for Nursing, which reviews research grants for nursing education and was a member of a think tank examining nursing doctoral programs that focus on the scholarship of teaching.

Research Interests

My research interests include: leadership in nursing education; evidence-based teaching strategies; veterans in nursing education; and gender diversity in nursing education.


  • Patterson, B., & Krouse, A. (2015). Competencies for leaders in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36, 76-82.  doi:10.5480/13-1300.
  • Elliott, B., & Patterson, B. (2017). Joining Forces: The status of military and veteran healthcare in nursing curricula. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33, 145-152. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.06.006.
  • Patterson, B., & Krouse, A.M. (Eds.). (2017). Scientific inquiry in nursing education: Advancing the science. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

National League for Nursing (NLN), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Phi Kappa Phi, and American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)


  • Widener University Outstanding Researcher Award (2012)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (2011-2017)
  • National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) (2011)