NDC Nursing Faculty Spotlight: Getting to Know Dr. Patrice McCarthy

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online university, you want to know that you are being taught and led by individuals who are experts in their field and who have extensive experience in what they do. At Notre Dame College, our expert nursing faculty are committed to your success.

From department heads and deans to professors, you learn from the best. And in a field as challenging and dynamic as nursing, it’s important for you to be confident in the education you receive.  That’s why we are committed to hiring leaders like Dr. Patrice McCarthy, the chair of the nursing department at Notre Dame College.

Education and Background

Dr. McCarthy has been in the nursing field for more than four decades. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1973, and has been dedicated to the nursing community ever since. McCarthy earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in 1979, then went on to earn a Certificate in Family and Organizational Systems in 1984 from Northern Ohio Family Institute. Her education continued when she completed a Doctorate in Philosophy, Nursing Communities and Organizations in 1992.

Since the year 1973, McCarthy has been a licensed nurse. She began her career at a children’s hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a clinical nurse. From then on McCarthy worked in various nursing roles until the year 1988, when she began working solely as a researcher and nurse educator. Her past clinical roles include work in neonatal and pediatric units, maternity and infant care, public health, psychiatry and administrative roles related to nursing operations.

Throughout her career as a nurse and nurse educator, McCarthy has been a devoted member of the health care community in Ohio. She has worked for hospitals such as Fairview General, St. Luke’s, Cleveland Metropolitan General, Lorain Community and more.

Teaching Experience

McCarthy’s first faculty role was held at Case Western Reserve University, where she worked during the year 1993. From then on, she has been a faculty member and professor at seven colleges and universities, as well as founder of MedCentral College of Nursing in Mansfield, Ohio. Those include the University of Colorado, Saginaw Valley State University, Ohio State University, the University of Akron, Simmons College and Slipper Rock University.

Throughout her time as a faculty member and professor, McCarthy has taught both classroom and distance learning courses on a wide variety of nursing topics, including community health nursing, nursing leadership, nursing care of children, the philosophy of nursing, cultural dimensions in nursing and nursing transitions. Her multidimensional background in an impressive variety of disciplines make her an invaluable asset to nursing at Notre Dame College.

A Passion for Nursing

Her keen interest in the nursing and health care field has also led to a wide variety of research and published work in both books and journals. From Nursing Outlook to the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, her published work is related to spirituality, community nursing practice and the psychological effects of infertility. The various presentations she has given throughout her career center on these key issues as well.

McCarthy describes her approach to nursing administration as inspired by the meaning and purpose of the discipline. “My scholarship in nursing draws upon a rich tradition of philosophy, theology and nursing scholarship and informs the foundation of my [approach to nursing] as a relational process rooted in the spiritual essence of the person. I am committed to nursing as a caring science… and to mentoring the next generation of nurse leaders through both curricular and extracurricular opportunities,” she says.

Nursing at NDC

The chance to learn from a program guided by a nursing expert like Dr. McCarthy will prepare you for the complex demands of today’s health care system. Whether you are interested in pursuing your RN to BSN or your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Notre Dame College has the online degree you are looking for.  Health care markets nationwide are experiencing a shortage of qualified nurses to fill positions, including leadership and management roles. A nursing degree can open new doors in health care and help you advance your career.

The online RN to BSN program at NDC is based on knowledge that includes both the science and art of the nursing discipline. You’ll develop your skills in key areas like prevention, wellness, advocacy and high-quality patient care. The online MSN program is designed for practicing nurses who are ready to become nurse educators. The coursework you complete will deepen your knowledge of research, theory, leadership, health care policy and more.

Dr. McCarthy and the entire nursing faculty at NDC are committed to helping you advance your career by becoming the best nurse you can be. Learn more about our two online nursing degree programs to get started.