Dr. Patricia G. Morton Appointed as Editor of AACN’s Journal of Professional Nursing

Dr. Patricia G. Morton

Washington, D.C., October 26, 2012 — The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been appointed as the editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN). Dr. Morton will officially assume this role on January 1, 2013 when the journal’s current editor, Ellen Olshansky, DNSc, RNC, director of the nursing program at the University of California Irvine College of Health Sciences, steps down from this position following 10 years of service.

“On behalf of the AACN Board of Directors, I am delighted to introduce Dr. Morton as the new editor of the association’s scholarly journal and welcome the opportunity to work with her as she transitions into this role,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN. “I look forward to seeing how her energy, drive, and insights will shape the future direction of JPN, which serves as an essential resource for nurse educators and researchers looking to keep current on the latest ideas and issues under discussion in academic nursing circles.”

Dr. Patricia Morton is a nationally known expert in nursing education as well as in critical care and cardiovascular nursing. At the University of Maryland, she is responsible for the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in nursing, which enroll over 1,700 students. Recently, she was appointed as the co-chair of a campus-wide committee on inter-professional education, and she also practices as an acute care nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Among her many achievements, Dr. Morton spearheaded a project to develop patient simulation laboratories at the University of Maryland and received over $3.3 million in funding and donated equipment for the laboratories. The strategies she developed to integrate simulation into both undergraduate and graduate curricula have served as a model for the nation.

Dr. Morton has been active at the local and national levels of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and has served on many of their national committees. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care for seven years and served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of AACN (critical care) and a one-year term on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. She holds a BS in Biology from Loyola College, a BSN from Johns Hopkins University, and both an MSN and PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She also completed the post-master's acute care nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University.

Launched in 1985, the Journal of Professional Nursing is the official scholarly publication of AACN that features original research, opinion pieces, reviews, and policy papers focusing on emerging issues and trends of interest to nurse educators, researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders. Each issue presents observations by nursing leaders on the diverse roles of baccalaureate- and graduate-prepared nurses. To find out more about the journal, search for articles of interest, and/or review the current issue’s table of contents, see http://www.professionalnursing.org.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 700 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. www.aacn.nche.edu.


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