Patricia Griffith, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC
“Through customized clinical placements and coursework, I help each nurse practitioner student meet her/his goals.”
- PhD Candidate, Villanova University, 2022
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
- BSN, Bloomsburg University, 1990
Ms. Griffith is the course director or associate course director for the AGACNP clinical courses. 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.
Ms. Griffith has developed and advanced the simulation curriculum with hi- and low-fidelity simulation woven throughout all the clinical courses. Simulation allows a student to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for advanced practice in a safe learning environment. Some examples of simulation experiences are diagnostic reasoning, rapid response management, psychomotor skill practice, breaking bad news, conducting a family meeting, and team-based diagnosis.
Ms. Griffith’s research focuses on diagnostic reasoning and nurse practitioner education. Nurse practitioner students must build on their experience with and understanding of the symptoms and signs patients exhibit with disease as they transition into a diagnostician. Finding innovative education opportunities, such as simulation, to offer structured and purposeful experiences for students to develop diagnostic reasoning skills is necessary. Ms. Griffith is committed to examining the outcomes of the multi-step diagnostic reasoning process to build the evidence and advance NP education.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Strong inter-professional teams provide the best patient care. Nurse practitioner students have opportunities to learn from and with other health professions students and providers throughout their didactic and clinical education experiences within the AGACNP program. The clinical courses include content presented by pharmacists, dentists, dieticians, physical therapists, social workers, risk managers, physician assistants, and physicians. Within the simulation lab, UPenn’s AGACNP students and BSN students and the University of the Sciences PharmD and physician assistant students come together as teams to manage hemodynamically unstable patients.
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.
Selected Career Highlights
- Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine #TeachDx Faculty Development Academy, 2021
- Recipient, NLN Faculty Education Award, 2021
- MSN Faculty Marshall, Nursing Graduation Ceremony, May 2019
- Research Assistant, Villanova University, 2018-2020
- Chair, Annual Preceptor Appreciation Event, Penn Nursing
- Penn Medicine Nursing PSNA Nurse Planner
- Dean’s Award for MS/MSN/DNP Scholarly Mentorship, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
- Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2017
- Recipient, Mentorship Award, Biobehavioral Science Department, Penn Nursing
- Recipient, Graduate Student Organization Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, University of Pennsylvania MSN Class
Kelly, M. M., Tobias, J., & Griffith, P. B. (2021). Addressing preterm birth history with clinical practice recommendations across the life course. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, published ahead of print, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.12.008
Griffith, P. B., Doherty, C. L., Smeltzer, S. C., & Mariani, B. (2020). Education initiatives in cognitive debiasing to improve diagnostic accuracy in student providers: A scoping review. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Volume online now. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000479. https://journals.lww.com/jaanp/Abstract/9000/Education_initiatives_in_cognitive_debiasing_to.99479.aspx
Baehser-Griffith, P., & Logan, P. (1999). Licensure, certification, and institutional credentialing. In P. Logan (Ed.), Principles of Practice for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Stamford, CT: Appleton & Lange.
Griffith, P. B., Kelly, M. M., & Becker, D. (2021). On-call simulation for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner students: A comparative, descriptive study. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 33(6). Doi:10.1097/JXX.0000000000000355. https://journals.lww.com/jaanp/Abstract/9000/On_call_simulation_for_adult_gerontology_acute.99558.aspx
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
Kelly, M. M. & Griffith, P. B. (2020). The influence of preterm birth beyond infancy: Umbrella review of outcomes of adolescents and adults born preterm. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 32(8), 555-562. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000248
Baehser-Griffith, P., Bednar, J., Osterman, A. L., & Culp, R. (1997). The role of surgical arthroscopy in the treatment of triangular fibrocartilage tears. Association of Operating Room Nurses Journal, 66(1), 99-118.
Cantrell, M. A., Ruble, K., Mensinger, J., Birkhoff, S., Morris, A., Griffith, P., Adams, J. (2020). The use and effect of the Health Storylines mHealth App on female childhood cancer survivors’ self-efficacy, health-related quality of life and perceived illness. Cancer Nursing, published ahead of print. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000917
Kelly, M. M. & Griffith, P. B. (2020). Umbrella review of school age health outcomes of preterm birth survivors. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(5), e59-e76. doi.10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.05.007
Bednar, J.M., Baehser-Griffith, P., Osterman, A.L. (1998). Workers compensation: Effect of state law on treatment cost and work status. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 351; 74-77.