Dr. Patricia Morton, PhD

University of Utah

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University of Utah


Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, joined the University of Utah in August 2013 as the Dean of the College of Nursing. She is a tenured professor and holds the Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair.

Prior to her position at the University of Utah, Dr. Morton was a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Nursing for 33 years. She taught in the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs.  Dr. Morton led the teams that developed the acute care nurse practitioner specialty, the nurse anesthesia specialty, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  In the late 1980s, Dr. Morton developed the first simulation laboratory for the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  Dr. Morton held numerous administrative positions including Assistant Dean for the Master’s Program and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Morton practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center until she left her position in July of 2013.
Dr. Morton is an educator and scholar and is known for her work in critical care nursing and nursing education. She has authored three textbooks, numerous book chapters, and over 50 journal articles. She has served on the editorial board of six nursing journals and for seven years was the editor of the journal AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Currently, Dr. Morton is the editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing  sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has presented many papers at regional, national, and international conferences and was a co-investigator on an National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded study examining the psychological response to home automatic external defibrillators. In addition, she has been active at the local and national levels of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  Dr. Morton has served on national committees for the past ten years including a three year appointment on the Board of Directors for AACN.  Currently, she is a member of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) Board of Trustees and the UUHC Health Care Executive Committee, a member of the Western Institute of Nursing, and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.