Pat has been involved in Nursing Education since 1991 as a clinical nurse specialist in the education department of a local medical facility and has been adjunct facility at the University of St Mary since 2010. Pat received her BSN from Marymount College and her Master in Nursing from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Pat served as a nurse in Navy Nurse Corps and has several years of experience in Critical Care. She developed the nursing role in a Regional Palliative Care Consult Program and has coordinated the program for 11 years. She has presented nationally and published in the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. She is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses and a member of the Ethics Consortium for the Center for Practical Bioethics.