Alumni Association President's Award 2010:
Rebecca M. Patton, MSN '98, RN, CNOR
Rebecca M. Patton MSN ’98, RN, CNOR, is currently serving her second term as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). She was elected to her first two-year term in June, 2006 and then re-elected to a second term in June, 2008. ANA is the nation’s leading professional nursing organization, representing the major health policy, practice, and workplace issues of 3.1 million RNs in the United States.
A nurse since 1980, Ms. Patton has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. She has been responsible for the start-up and ongoing operations of ambulatory medical centers, an inpatient acute facility, and a skilled nursing facility. Currently, she is the director of perioperative services for EMH Regional Healthcare System in Cleveland. She has previously served as director of nursing, director of surgical services, and director of ambulatory operations for hospitals in the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland. She has also been a clinical instructor at FPB. A member of the Editorial Board of OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, she has written chapters for books on medical-surgical nursing and for nursing journals. She has also written for popular publications, including an article on “What You Must Know Before You go to the Hospital” for Redbook Magazine. She writes regularly for ANA publications. In 2009, Ms. Patton was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, one of the nation’s largest health care trade publications.
Ms. Patton has a BS in nursing from Kent State University and an MSN from FPB. She has held numerous ANA positions, including treasurer (1998-2002), board of directors member (1994-1998), and delegate to the ANA House of Delegates (2003-2005). In addition, she has served in several Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) positions, including ONA first vice president (1990-1992), ONA delegate (2005-2006), ONA finance committee member (2003-2005), and on an Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses task force on competencies (1999-2000).
She received the Community Involved Political Action Award from the Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State University in 2000, and the Dorothy E. Cornelius Leadership Congress Award from the Ohio Nurses Association in 1999.
An Ohio native and current resident of Lakewood, Ohio, Ms. Patton comes from a family committed to public service. Her mother and sister are nurses and her two brothers are police officers. She is active in her church, and a highlight of her volunteer work in that community was a mission trip to Zimbabwe in 2000 where she had the opportunity to work in a hospital.
Ms. Patton loves outdoor activity, including gardening, hiking, and biking. She is an avid promoter of exercise as a key component of good physical health. Her true passions are the nursing profession and the ANA. Because of her belief in the importance of the ANA to all nurses, her goal is to promote the ANA to its deserved position of prominence and relevance in the health care community.
Ms. Patton works tirelessly to give a voice in health care policy to American nurses. Her leadership promotes unity in nursing, patient advocacy, creative thinking and innovative solutions to advance the nursing profession. With great pride, we bestow upon her the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumni Association President’s Award.