Dr. Patricia Bicknell, Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Bicknell
"The value of a BSN is a nurse with a broad education in the sciences and the arts. This advanced and broad education is needed for the knowledge, skills and attitudes of contemporary practice."

Degrees Held:

  • EdD, Innovation and Organizational Leadership– Wilmington University, 2007
  • MSN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN) – Widener University, 1987
  • BSN – Villanova University, 1976

Career Highlights:

Wolf, Z., Altmiller, G., & Bicknell, P. (2011). Development and testing of the patient safety test: Current concepts. Nurse Educator (36)5, 187-191.

Wolf, Z. Hicks, R., Altmiller, G., & Bicknell, P. (2009). Nursing student medication errors involving tubing and catheters: A Descriptive Study. Nursing Education Today (29) 6, 681-688.

Highlights include: Participation in the QSEN collaborative from inception to national integration- multiple podium presentations and workshops from 2008 to present.

Other: work with a local agency as research and EBP consultant to develop programs and funding such as developing, implementing and evaluating community support programs on quality of life for African American breast cancer survivors. STTI (honor society chapter president and national presenter.)

In which online program do you teach?


Which classes do you teach online?

Doctoral leadership and patient quality and safety, clinical nurse specialist and clinical nurse leader track courses.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

I want students to learn something about themselves, uncover new knowledge and become motivated for change.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching to share ideas, especially a love of life-long learning.

What advice would you give to those considering the online RN to BSN program?

Just get started, the work will be relevant to your practice, your peers will provide the motivation to continue and the faculty will support you in your quest for self-improvement with the goal of improved patient care.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I love science and discovery of new knowledge. I like to work with patients, families, and students to solve problems and improve health.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

An inquisitive mind, love of the sciences, persistence and empathy.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

A focus away from paternalistic model of "sick" healthcare, toward care that is patient-centered and wellness focused.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Crucial Accountability.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I have a lot of respect for family caregivers and students with multiple family responsibilities, as this has been my own experience over the years.

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