Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, RN, ANEF
Barbara J. Patterson is a distinguished professor and director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing, associate dean for scholarship and inquiry, and chair of the Institutional Review Board at Widener University in Chester, PA. She has taught pre-licensure nursing students in advanced medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, and research, and doctoral students in qualitative research, nursing science and theory, leadership, as well as dissertation advisement.
Dr. Patterson has chaired more than 40 PhD dissertations, and has presented and published extensively in nursing education in the areas of evidence-based teaching, veterans care, and leadership in nursing education. She is faculty for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International where she works with novice nurse educators and individual leadership development. Dr. Patterson was chair of the NLN Research Review Panel and has been active on several task groups at NLN specific to educational preparation of nurse educators and nursing education research priorities. Dr. Patterson is also the Research Briefs editor for Nursing Education Perspectives.