Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, ANEF
- Director of PhD Program
Programs I Teach
- PhD, Nursing Science (1992)
University of Rhode Island (RI)
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.
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)