Dr. Patton’s formal education is in nursing, public health, and primary care. Dr. Patton has served in a variety of academic and clinical roles over her 30+ year career. Dr. Patton’s career includes working in large and small, as well as not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare systems and academic institutions. Dr. Patton has served as a nursing dean, program director, accreditor for nursing and she is a pioneer in distance and online education and creation of online nursing and public health programs. Dr. Patton is a nationally, certified nurse educator and a nationally certified family nurse practitioner who currently works in primary care and family practice. Dr. Patton has a wealth of knowledge and expertise teaching in traditional brick and mortar settings as well as in online programs. At Walden University, Dr. Patton teaches in the nurse educator courses. Dr. Patton has served on numerous PhD dissertation committees and DNP capstone projects.
Dr. Patton’s research interests focus on numerous public health topics including safe driving, nursing quality and safety, as well as distance education and online learning. Dr. Patton has made numerous regional, national, and international peer-reviewed presentations, has been the invited key-note speaker for numerous nursing and public health conferences. Dr. Patton serves as a site visitor for numerous accrediting bodies in clinical and academic settings. Dr. Patton has published numerous book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed, clinical and research articles. She was invited to be a member of the Delta Rho Public Health Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International.