Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN

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    Patricia Morton

Dean and Professor

University of Utah College of Nursing

Salt Lake City, UT

Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN Trish is Dean and Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing.  Previously, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Trish is nationally known for her expertise in nursing education and in critical care and cardiovascular nursing. She has authored three textbooks, numerous book chapters, and many journal articles.  Trish has served on the editorial board of seven nursing journals and for seven years was the Editor of the journal AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  Currently, Trish is the Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing sponsored by the american Association of Colleges of Nursing.  She has presented numerous papers at regional, national, and international conferences.  Trish has been active at the local and national levels of the AACN and has served on many of their national committees.  Trish completed a three year appointment on the Board of Directors for AACN and a one year term on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.  At the UMSON, Tricia spearheaded a project to develop patient simulation laboratories and received over $3.3 million dollars of funding and donated equipment for the laboratories.   She has developed strategies to integrate simulation into both undergraduate and graduate nursing education that have served as a model for the nation.  Trish has received several HRSA grants to fund academic programs and projects.  Additionally, she has served as a consultant for schools of nursing in program and curriculum development. In recognition of the national and international impact of her accomplishments, Trish was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1999. Trish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loyola College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  She completed the post-master's acute care nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University.