Advanced Senior Lecturer A

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