Pam's Open Road


    Doctoral Roadtrip


American Nurses Association (ANA)

“[With a Ph.D.] you have to remember, you know more than everybody else in your audience about what it is that you are saying...your opinion is based on your knowledge and expertise. Recognizing that is the key to confidence.”


Medicine Non-Profit Organizations


Dedication Hard Work Perseverance Struggle Fulfillment Success Choices Goals Passion Education Support & Encouragement Inspiration Opportunity Self-Reflection


Upholding a Cause and Belief


  • Grew up in Philadelphia as the youngest child of first-generation American parents.
  • Was originally a medical technician major at a small rural college in Pennsylvania, but grew disinterested in the field—ended up transferring to the University of Philadelphia to pursue nursing.
  • Has earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing.
  • She has held several leadership roles in health care systems, academia, and national professional organizations.
  • Was part of the nursing team at the University of Utah that took care of Barney Clark, the first artificial heart patient in the United States.
  • She is a passionate advocate for healthcare quality and upholding the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses—says that nurses have a duty to protect others.
  • She has been named one of the “Top 100 People in Healthcare” and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare,” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
  • Has been a registered nurse for 41 years and is currently serving as the 35th president of the American Nurses Association.

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