Patricia Pawlow, MSN, ACNP, BC
Penn Nursing’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program was one of the first in the country to prepare nurse practitioners to manage patients with specialized health care needs.
As associate program director, Patricia Pawlow helps ensure that students enter clinical practice ready to expertly assess, diagnose, and manage patients with acute or medically-complex needs across the continuum of acute care services, from critical care to discharge and transition to the community.
“We give nurse practitioner students the tools they need to succeed in practice caring for patients with acute or medically-complex needs.”
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
- BSN, Georgetown University , 1989
The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program focuses on evidence-based practice and offers rigorous training that includes teamwork and immersive simulation. In “Principles of Adult Gerontology Acute Care” I, II, and III (NURS670, NURS671, and NURS672), for example, students learn the importance of teamwork by first taking a test alone and then taking the same test as part of a group of six or seven students. By working together, the groups nearly always get perfect scores, and students build teamwork, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
Ms. Pawlow teaches these courses, also taken by students in the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program. She is also the associate director of that program.
As a doctoral student at Penn Nursing, Ms. Pawlow is focusing on the early integration of palliative care for patients with terminal diseases. She plans to continue this work to generate evidence to improve palliative care policy and end-of-life care. Ms. Pawlow was also part of a team of Penn Nursing faculty that helped Linkoping University in Sweden develop an acute care program for nurses practitioners. As of mid-2016, three classes of acute care nurse practitioners have graduated from the program.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
In 2008, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing published the APRN Consensus Model, calling for nurse practitioners’ education to match their clinical practice. Ms. Pawlow helped develop Penn Nursing’s streamlined Post-Master’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, which enables nurse practitioners who attended primary care or family nurse practitioner programs but have worked in acute care for at least a year to become certified in acute care without having to go back to school full-time. The online program consists of three courses.
Ms. Pawlow is also associate director of the Adult Oncology Minor/Post-MSN Certificate program, which meets the need for more advanced practice nurses to care for oncology patients. Penn Nursing is one of a few programs nationwide offering a minor or post-master’s certificate in oncology.
Selected Career Highlights
- Member, Sigma Theta Tau
- Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, Graduate Student Organization, Penn Nursing
- Member, MSN Admissions Committee, Penn Nursing
- Jangland, E.; Becker, D.; Borjeson, S.; Doherty, C.; Grimm, O.; Griffith, P.; Johansson, A.; Juhlin, C.; Pawlow, P.; Sicoutris, C. & Yngman-Uhlin, P. (2014). The development of a Swedish nurse practitioner program - a request from clinicians and a process supported by US experience. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4(2), 38-48.10.5430/jnep.v4n2p38
- Beggs, V., Willis, S., Maislen, E., Stokes, T., White, D., Sanford, M., Becker, A., Barber, S., Pawlow, P., & Downs, C (in press). Patient Education for Discharge After Coronary Bypass Surgery in the 90’s: Are we preparing Patients for What They Think is Important to Know?. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12(4), .