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Michelle Patch, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Clinical Nurse Specialist Track Coordinator
Michelle Patch
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • COVID-19
  • Disaster Prep
  • Emergency
  • Interprofessional
  • Leadership/Organizational Culture
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safety
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Women's Health
  • Workplace Health


Michelle Patch is board certified as an adult health clinical nurse specialist and an advanced forensic nurse. She has held progressive clinical, operational, and safety leadership positions in various acute care, ambulatory, emergency, and austere settings. Her internationally recognized scholarship and clinical practice address patient, staff, and public health safety, specifically during times of crisis, violence, disaster, and trauma. Dr. Patch's research focuses on health care responses to intimate partner violence and assault-related mechanisms including strangulation and head trauma. Her work has significantly contributed globally to the limited but growing science base informing post-strangulation injury and care. Dr. Patch’s extensive experience in emergency management and disaster response has included former service as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps officer, operations chief for JHM’s COVID-19 Unified Command Center, and director of JHSON’s COVID Vaccine Volunteer Program. She is also a Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) instructor, a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, a Just Culture Champion, faculty for the JHM Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s Leadership Academy, and lectures internationally on patient/staff safety and emergency response topics. Dr. Patch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Secretary for the Forensic Nursing Certification Board, past-Chair of the Academy of Forensic Nursing's Research Committee, and a Medical Advisory Board member for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Patch, M., Dugan, S., Green, W., & Anderson, J. C. (2022). Emergency evaluation of nonfatal strangulation patients: A commentary on controversy and care priorities. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 48(3), 243–247.

    Campbell, J. C., Messing, J., Patch, M., Bergin, A., & Cimino, A. (2022). Implications of brain injury in abused women for advocacy and health care. Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 14(3), 29-35.

    Patch, M., Anderson, J. C., Alexander, K. A., Somoano, F. A., Kelen, G., Holbrook, D. S., & Campbell, J. C. (2022). Didn't put a label on it: Examining intimate partner strangulation within a diagnostic framework. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 10.1111/jan.15380. Advance online publication.

    Bergin, A., Blumenfeld, E., Anderson, J. C., Campbell, J. C., & Patch, M. (2022). Describing non-fatal intimate partner strangulation presentation and evaluation in a community-based hospital: Partnerships between the emergency department and in-house advocates. Journal of Head Trauma Research, 37(1), 5-14. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000742

    Mohr, L. D., Iseler, J., Friend, P., & Patch, M. (2022). Pedagogical techniques in planning educational experiences for clinical nurse specialist students. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 36(1), 62-64. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000648

    Heidari, O., Meyer, D., O’Conor, K., Cargill, V., Patch, M., & Farley, J. (2022). COVID-19 vaccination and communicable disease testing services integration within a syringe services program: A program brief. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC, 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000322

    Patch, M., Bell, K., & Tsu, L. (2022). Family violence. In Introduction to forensic nursing: Principles and practice. STM Learning, Inc.

    Davidson, P., Ferguson, C., & Patch, M. (2022). Digital therapeutics. In Lifestyle nursing. Taylor & Francis.

    Patch, M., Peterson, J., & Mollenkopf, N. (2021). Evidence appraisal: Non-research. In Johns Hopkins Nursing evidence-based practice model and guidelines, 4th Edition.

    Benson, A. R., Peters, J. S., Kennedy, C., & Patch, M. (2021). In service to others: APRNs as serving leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 27(1). doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol27No01PPT54

    Patch, M., Farag, Y., Anderson, J. C., Perrin, N., Kelen, G., & Campbell, J. C. (2021). United States ED visits by adult women for nonfatal intimate partner strangulation, 2006 to 2014: Prevalence and associated characteristics. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 47(3), 437-448.

    Davidson, P. M., & Patch, M. (2021). Time for a reset and recalibration: Healthcare in the post COVID era. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 8(2), 143–144.

    Cimino, A. N., Yi, G., Patch, M., Alter, Y., Campbell, J. C., Gundersen, K.,…Stockman, J. K. (2019). The effect of intimate partner violence and probable traumatic brain injury on mental health outcomes for black women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 28(6), 714-731.

    Messing, J. T., Patch, M., Sullivan-Wilson, J., Kelen, G. D., & Campbell, J. (2018). Differentiating between attempted, completed and multiple nonfatal strangulation of female intimate partner violence victims. Women’s Health Issues, 28(1), 104-111.

    Patch, M., Anderson, J. C., & Campbell, J. C. (2018). Injuries of women surviving intimate partner strangulation and subsequent emergency health care seeking: An integrative evidence review. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 44(4), 384-393.

    Campbell, J. C., Anderson, J. C., McFadgion, A., Gill, J., Zink, E., Patch, M.,…Campbell, D. (2018). The effects of intimate partner violence and probable traumatic brain injury on central nervous system symptoms. Journal of Women’s Health, 27(6), 761-767.

    Patch, M. Intimate partner violence: How to start a conversation with your patients and staff. September 2018.

  • Awards/Honors

    2022  Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    2022  Nominee, White House Community Uniters

    2021  Isabel Hampton Robb Faculty Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2021  School of Nursing Informers and Educators (SONIE) Award for Best General Media Presence, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2021  New Nurse Faculty Fellowship, Maryland Higher Education Commission

    2019  Cynthia and Peter Rosenwald Nursing Innovation Award

    2016-2017  Trainee, Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program, Johns Hopkins
    Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

    2016  Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Professional Development Award

    2014-2016  Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar

    2008  Sigma Theta Tau Nu Beta Chapter Award

    2006  Dorothy Lydia Tharp Conkin Scholar, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2000  Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

    1999  Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society