Patricia Griffith, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC
Nurse practitioner Patricia Griffith was one of the first graduates of Penn Nursing’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.
Today, she is a key faculty member in the program, which was one of the first in the nation to prepare acute care nurse practitioners to manage acutely and critically ill patients. Ms. Griffith is director or associate director of 4 of the program’s 12 courses and she coordinates all clinical placements.
Learning the Ropes of Clinical Care
In the past, nurse practitioner students had to start caring for patients from day one of their clinical practicum, without having any clinical experience. Ms. Griffith helped revise Advanced Clinical Decisions in Adult Gerontology Acute Care (NURS673), the first of three clinical practicum courses, to provide students with an opportunity to learn the ropes of clinical care the semester before they start their practicum. One morning each week students go to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where they learn how to do everything from history collection and physical examination of patients to incorporating diagnostics information into a care plan and presenting their patient on mock rounds. Six or seven students work with one faculty member. In the afternoon, they discuss the clinical work they did in the classroom. This provides a practical foundation for the clinical practicum.
“Through customized clinical placements and coursework, I help each nurse practitioner student meet her/his goals.”
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
- BS, Bloomsburg University, 1990
Clinical experiences in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program emphasize holistic patient care and a collaborative, inter-professional team approach. By mentoring and getting to know students throughout the program, Ms. Griffith is able to make clinical placements that help each student meet her/his goals. Clinical experiences are available in academic health centers, research institutions, and community hospitals, in specialty areas including general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, neurosurgery, oncology, and trauma.
Mentoring by Ms. Griffith goes beyond graduation. Nurse practitioner students often turn to her for ongoing career advice and to share professional achievements, transitioning from student and teacher to colleagues.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Strong inter-professional teams provide the best patient care. Nurse practitioner students have opportunities for inter-professional education through some clinical experiences and in the simulation lab. The clinical experiences pair a nurse practitioner student with a third-year resident on a team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania or Presbyterian Medical Center. The nurse practitioner student matches the resident’s schedule and works with the team to manage patients.
In the simulation lab, pharmacy and physician assistant students from the University of the Sciences and Penn Nursing graduate and undergraduate students work together in teams. Through simulated patient rounds, each team member learns her/his roles.
Selected Career Highlights
- Chair, Annual Preceptor Appreciation Event, Penn Nursing
- Recipient, Mentorship Award, Biobehavioral Science Department, Penn Nursing
- Recipient, Graduate Student Organization Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, University of Pennsylvania MSN Class
- Reviewer: Barkley, T (Ed) (2015). Barley’s Curriculum Review for Family Nurse Practitioners. West Hollywood: Barkley and Associates.
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