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Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN

Dean Emerita
Patricia Davidson
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • End of Life
  • Palliative Care
  • Transition of Care


Former Dean and Adjunct Professor Patricia Davidson has been a registered nurse since 1980 and has clinical, teaching, and practice expertise in cardiovascular science and the care of vulnerable populations. Across her career, she has been committed to developing innovative models of person-centered care delivery and evidence-based teaching. Dr. Davidson is secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, counsel general of the International Council on Women's Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She also serves on the Board on Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles and 29 book chapters. Her H -Index is 40 (Scopus) and 58 in Google Scholar, and Dr. Davidson’s i-10 Index is 329. She has been the adviser for over 40 doctoral and 15 postdoctoral candidates. She is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and workforce development and interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Davidson is strongly focused on mentoring the next generation of health professionals and scientists, and in 2016 she earned the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, the most prestigious research mentorship award in Australia. She is associate editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies and on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, and Heart Lung and Circulation. She recently took the position of vice chancellor at Australia's University of Wollongong, her alma mater.

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  • Publications/Research

    Davidson, P. M. (2020). Is Nursing a STEM Discipline – Does it matter and what can we do about it? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(1), 1-3. doi:10.1111/jan.14212

    Davidson, P. M., & Rahman, A. (2019). Time for a renaissance of the clinical nurse specialist role in critical care? AACN Advanced Critical Care, 30(1), 61-64. doi:10.4037/aacnacc2019779

    Awoke, M. S., Baptiste, D. L., Davidson, P., Roberts, A., & Dennison-Himmelfarb, C. (2019). A quasi-experimental study examining a nurse-led education program to improve knowledge, self-care, and reduce readmission for individuals with heart failure. Contemporary nurse. doi:10.1080/10376178.2019.1568198

    Elbilgahy A.A., Davidson P.M., Sharps, P.W. (2019) Evidence-Based Educational Intervention for Nurses’ about Prevention of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection. Middle East Journal of Nursing. doi: 10.5742/MEJN.2019.93600.

    Pandian, V., Datta, M., Nakka, S., Tammineedi, D. S., Davidson, P. M., & Nyquist, P. A. (2019). Intensive Care Unit Readmission in Patients With Primary Brain Injury and Tracheostomy. American Journal of Critical Care, 28(1), 56-63.

    Abshire, M., Russell, S.D., Davidson, P.M., Budhathoki, C., Han, H.‐R., Grady, K.L., Desai, S., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. (2018). Social Support Moderates the Relationship between Perceived Stress and Quality of Life in Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 33(5), pp. E1‐E9.

  • Awards/Honors

    2019 Fellowship Ad Eundem Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

    2018 Honorary Doctorate, Kings College London

    2018 Fellow of the National Heart Foundation of Australia

    2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

    2016 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence—Global Category

    2015 Mometrix Most Influential Dean of Nursing in the United States

    2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Newcastle, Australia

    2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wollongong, Australia

    2013 Fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association

    2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

    2013 Fellow of the American Heart Association

    2012 University of Technology Sydney Researcher Development Award, Vice Chancellors Awards for Research Excellence

    2012 Finalist, Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

    2012 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

    2007 Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing

    2007 Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture

    2006 President, International Council on Women’s Health Issues

    2005 University of Western Sydney Vice Chancellors Commendation for Teaching and Post Graduate Supervision

    2003 Affiliates Prize Winner, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

    2002 Membership of Sigma Theta Tau International—Xi Omicron Chapter

    2000 Nuffield Trust Clinical Leadership Scholarship

    2000 Nurse of the Year, St George Hospital, Kogarah

    1998 Heart Foundation Community Heart Week Award

    1980 Wollongong Hospital Gold Medalist