Patricia White has been teaching in the nursing programs at Simmons College since 1987. She is currently the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Co coordinated the Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program for twenty five years. She received her B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Boston College and completed her PhD from University of Rhode Island. She recently completed the Clinical Ethics residency in Nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has maintained a clinical practice since 1983 and currently practices in primary care and in an NP owned geriatric primary care practice. She currently teaches Ethics and capstone courses in the DNP program and teaches adult and geriatric content in the FNP Program. She also teaches research in the MS program and is a clinical instructor in community health.
In addition to her teaching and practice, she has been involved in several research projects and enjoys working with students and colleagues on research related to Nurse Practitioner practice, patient outcomes in NP practices, end of life care, best teaching practices for accelerated students and DNP pedagogy and evaluation of the impact DNP alumni have on practice change and improving patient outcomes.
Dr. White has also written and presented on the topics of clinical consultation, polypharmacy, ethics and bereavement and DNP program pedagogy and program evaluation. She recently served for four years on the Board of Directors of the Leavitts Mill free health center in Buxton, Maine which is an NP owned free health clinic providing primary care to uninsured in rural Maine. She is active on the legislative committee of the MCNP and is the current PAC treasurer and is involved with the NONPF and is currently the co chair of the Faculty Development committee. She is a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice and she has recently been selected and inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) June, 2014 at the AANP national conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. White’s research interests include the exploration of nurse practitioner practice, improving access to compassionate end of life care and further understanding best teaching strategies for accelerated NP students and DNP students. She has published her dissertation research on NP practice with clients who are grieving in the Journal of the Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has a recent article in the June 2012 Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care based on collaborative research with MS students titled Family perspectives on end of life care.
Dr. White also consulted as a DNP capstone advisor with her colleague Dr. Julie Steller investigating the practice of Romanian nurses in providing end of life care and has collaborated on two recently published articles that characterize current nursing practice in Romania and Eastern Europe. Dr. White is also currently working with MS students on identifying patient outcomes in two nurse practitioner owned Family Practices: Wright and Associates in the New Hampshire. They recently presented on the results of the first stage of this collaboration at the AANP conference in Nashville, Tennessee June 2014.
She was a co founder in 2005 of the Learning Collaborative on Accelerated Nursing Education (LCANE) along with Dr. Janet Rico and colleagues from Yale and UMass Worcester. They have seven peer reviewed presentations nationally and recently won a poster award at the RWJ New Careers Summit. She has co authored an integrative review on the state of the science regarding accelerated nursing students in the January 2012 Journal of Nursing Education and continue to research best practices to assure quality education and role outcomes for this group of students. She and her LCANE colleagues have an article in development based on five years of survey data from accelerated nurse practitioner students.