In an effort to marry her interests in the body with social theory, Patrina completed a Masters of Science in Bioethics at Columbia University. While at Columbia she came under the mentorship of nurse researchers and began her own journey toward the same such vocation. 

Patrina also worked on qualitative research projects that dealt with bioethical concerns associated with HIV research within developing countries from which two publications have emerged. She is thrilled to be working at Penn Nursing as a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation under the mentorship of Dr. Salimah Meghani and Dr. Connie Ulrich. ​