The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has named Patricia A. Patrician, Ph.D., the second holder of the school’s Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing.
Patrician is nationally recognized for her expertise and leadership in the areas of patient safety, quality care and nursing practice environments, and has an ongoing program of funded research focused on improving those areas within our nation’s military hospitals.
Since joining the UAB School of Nursing faculty, Patrician has sustained a record of extramural funding of $2.5 million as a principal investigator and has served as co-investigator on an additional 11 grants from TriService Nursing Research Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the VA Health Services Research and Development Program.
“Pat Patrician exemplifies all of the requirements for the Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair, including a distinguished record of external funding, evidence of research and scholarly achievement, consistent record of publication, experience in mentoring, exemplary professional and academic citizenship, documentation of outstanding teaching performance, and national professional recognition,” said Doreen C. Harper, Ph.D., dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing. “Our school is fortunate to have an individual with Pat’s experience and abilities as a faculty member and researcher, and we are thrilled she has been named the second holder of the Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing.”
Patrician — a retired United States Army Colonel and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps — recently received a two-year, $400,000 award from the TriService Nursing Research Program for her study “Impact of Nursing on Readmissions, Failure to Rescue & Mortality in DoD Hospitals.” She is one of two senior scholars for the VA National Quality Scholars Program site at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and one of only six people nationwide to serve on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute.
The Booth Endowed Chair was named in honor of Rachel Z. Booth, Ph.D., the school’s third dean, upon her retirement in 2005.