Patricia Pawlow, PhD, 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.”
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2020
- 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.
Dr. Pawlow also teaches in courses at the undergraduate level and serves as a faculty lead for DNP student projects.
Dr. Pawlow’s clinical research focuses on early integration of palliative care for patients with serious illness. She is committed to nursing’s role in the generation and integration of evidence in clinical practice. Dr. Pawlow was also part of a team of Penn Nursing faculty that helped Linkoping University in Sweden develop an acute care program for nurse 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
• Sigma Theta Tau- Xi Chapter Research Award
• Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association- Inaugural HPNA Palliative Nurse Leadership Scholar
• Outstanding Nurse Educator Award- awarded by Graduate Student Organization University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Pawlow, P. C., Blumenthal, N. P., Christie, J. D., Matura, L. A., Courtright, K. R., Aryal, S., & Ersek, M. (2020). The palliative care needs of lung transplant candidates. Clinical transplantation, 34(12), e14092. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.14092
Pawlow, P., Doherty, C.L., Blumenthal, N.P., Matura, L.A., Christie, J.D., & Ersek, M. (2020) An integrative review of the role of palliative care in lung transplantation. Progress in Transplantation, 2020:1526924820913512.
Pawlow, P., Dahlin, C., Doherty, C.L., & Ersek, M. (2018) The hospice and palliative care advanced practice registered nurse workforce: results of a national survey. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 20(4) 349-357.
Doherty, C.L., Pawlow, P., & Becker, D. (2018). The consensus model: What current and future NPs need to know. American Nurse Today, 13(1) 65-67.
Gargenier, D., Pawlow, P., and Doherty, C. (2016). Should palliative care NPs be required to have acute care training. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners,12(8) 514-515.
Jangland, E., Becker, D., Börjesson, S., Doherty, C., Glimm, O., Griffith, P., Johansson, A.K., Juhlin, C., Pawlow, P. et al., (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.
Lahey, SJ., Campos, CT., Jennings, B., Pawlow, P., Stokes, T., and Levitsky, S. (1998). Hospital readmission after cardiac surgery. does “fast track” cardiac surgery result in cost savings or cost shifting? Circulation, 98(19 Suppl)1135-1140.
Beggs, V., Willis, S., Maislen, E., Stokes, T., White, D., Sanford, M., Becker, A., Barber. S., Pawlow, P., et al., (1998). Patient education for discharge after coronary bypass surgery in the 90s: are we preparing patients for what they think is important to know? Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12 (4) 72- 84.