Advisor to U.S. Presidents Teaches Nursing Health Policy

An international nursing expert who has worked with three U.S. Presidents shared her insights on health policy with Notre Dame College students.

Rebecca Patton speaks to a nursing class about health policy.

Rebecca Patton, M.S.N., RN, CNOR, FAAN, is the former twotime president of the American Nursing Association (ANA). She has testified before Congress and met with major policymakers, including Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, when she lobbied on health care issues affecting nurses and patients.

She spoke to students in a leadership nursing class about health policy in Washington D.C.—and at the bedside. “Rebecca Patton is an Ohio native, and she is a very well respected spokesperson in the professional world of nursing,” said M. Patrice McCarthy, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Nursing.

Patton educated the graduating seniors about the steps to become a policy advocate in organizational, educational and political settings. She then shared knowledge and experience on the themes of ethics, leadership, quality and safety.

In addition to serving as ANA president from 2006 to 2010, Patton held numerous leadership roles within the ANA and the Ohio Nurses Association.

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