Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Dr. Burns very favorably reviewed Ting and I: A Memoir...  for CONNECT, the international, on-line journal for critical care nursing. See the review in a September blog here.

Dr. Burns is recognized inter-nationally as a leader in the nursing profession for excellence in clinical practice and educating students, developing innovative educational programs that are responsive to community needs, maintaining an international research focus while mentoring other professionals in their research programs, a lifetime body of scholarly achievement that has advanced nursing science, advocacy of the nursing profession nationally and abroad, and tirelessly providing service through national and international professional nursing organizations.

Dr. Patricia Burns served as Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida from 1997 to 2010. Under her leadership the College of Nursing rose in national stature for its innovative educational programs and the quality of its research. Prior to her move to Tampa in 1997, Dr. Burns was Chair of the Nurse Practitioner Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing. Dr. Burns received her Bachelor degree in Nursing from D’Youville College at Buffalo, and both her Masters degree in Adult Nurse Practitioner and PhD in Medical Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB).

Dr. Burns has lead an outstanding career in clinical nursing. She practiced in general medical surgical nursing at the Edward J. Meyer Memorial hospital in Buffalo New York from 1960-1976. During which time she was recognized for her outstanding nursing with the Edward j. Meyer Memorial Hospital Nursing proficiency Award, the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Scholarship, and received the first of many Nurse Training Grants from the federal government. As a Nurse Practitioner in private practice from 1978 to her move to Tampa Florida in 1997, Dr. Patricia Burns developed a practice eventually specializing in female urinary incontinence.

Dean Burns is a nationally recognized researcher in female urinary incontinence. During her career she has been funded for over 50 research studies and nursing training grants totally over $11 million. Dr. Burns has served as a reviewer for national and international journals, participated in federal and private grant review panels, published extensively both nationally and internationally in her specialty, and was one of the team that developed a federally patented “Improved Perineometer” device.

Dr. Burns has and does hold leadership roles in national nursing organizations. She served as President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and the Southern Regional Education Board Nursing Council. She has served in leadership roles in both the American Association of College of Nursing and its national accrediting body the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Dr. Burns has been recognized for her advocacy with many awards and achievements in her career including: Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition; the Outstanding Leadership Award presented to her by Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Beta Chapter, FONE Region II Leadership Award Overall, Tampa Bay Business Journal 2006 Health Care Heroes Special Recognition Award, and Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. 

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