Joined USJ: 2013
A highly skilled athlete majoring in physical education, Patricia Padula Morgan was a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island when she received the frightening news that her father was rushed to the hospital with a heart attack, a near-fatal arrest. Devoted to becoming a resource for his care, the teenager immersed herself in medical research. “Our family, like many families caring for loved ones who fall ill without warning, was thrust into a complex medical ordeal. I wanted to do everything I could to help,” said Morgan.
The event was life-changing. Switching majors, she earned a B.S. in Nursing (University of Rhode Island), a M.S. in Nursing (University of New Hampshire), and ultimately, a Ph.D. in Nursing from Swansea University (Swansea, Wales, U.K.). In 2013, after 27 years of clinical nursing experience and a dozen years in higher education in both teaching and administrative capacities, Morgan joined USJ as an associate dean in the School of Health and Natural Sciences, as well as chair of the department of Nursing.
Joining a program with a 60-year reputation of excellence, she saw an opportunity to maintain its status of distinction by working with faculty to meet the evolving needs of students and the patients/clients they serve. “You can never sit back in the profession of nursing. At University of Saint Joseph, we are graduating nurses prepared for a future determined by new developments in science and technology. Also broadening our outreach, we continue to provide valuable hands-on experiences in community health care settings, as well as acute care facilities,” said Morgan. “Our students are confident and highly educated; they’re respected by employers and patients,” she added, citing letters and phone calls recently received praising their performance.
In addition to developing innovative curriculum, Morgan provides support to those wishing to transfer to USJ from two-year colleges. “The University provides support to students like no other I have seen. The reward is to share in a student’s success through our rigorous program. Whether it be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program, our faculty facilitate teaching and learning for a new generation of leaders in nursing.”
Ph.D., Swansea University (formerly University of Wales)
M.A., University of New Hampshire
B.A., University of Rhode Island