Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Professor and Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Co-Director, VA Quality Scholars Program, Birmingham VA Medical Center

Dr. Patricia A. Patrician is a tenured Professor and the Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She joined the faculty in August 2008, after retiring from a 26-year career with the US Army Nurse Corps.  She teaches in the PhD program, mentors pre- and post-doctoral students and fellows and conducts research on nurse staffing, the nursing practice environment, and quality and safety patient and nurse outcomes.  She is currently a Principal Investigator on a study of mortality, readmissions, and failure to rescue in military hospitals. She and her team recently completed a program evaluation of the US Army’s Patient CaringTouch System, an innovative nursing practice model. She is a Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) consultant.


MSS, US Army War College Strategic Studies, 2003 - 2005
PhD, University of Pennsylvania Nursing, 1997 - 2002 
MSN, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1985 - 1988
BSN, Wilkes University Nursing, 1978 - 1982