Patricia Becker, new nursing instructor
Patricia Becker of Glen Mills, Pa., has completed her first semester as an instructor in Immaculata University’s Division of Nursing. This fall, she taught classes in leadership and holistic nursing for the R.N. to B.S.N. program, and in the spring, she will teach community health nursing and health assessment in the M.S.N. program.
Becker comes to Immaculata as a certified registered nurse practitioner with three decades of diversified experience in teaching, management, and professional nursing. She has 18 years of teaching experience in practical, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. She is a doctoral candidate in nursing at Widener University, and she holds a master’s in community health nursing from Arizona State University.
Becker earned a post-master’s teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and taught in its pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program for six years, helping to develop a new case-study curriculum; designing research-based instructional materials; and identifying, evaluating, and providing learning plans for students who required additional assistance. Becker also taught in the University of Pennsylvania’s post-master’s teacher education program, covering topics such as teaching strategies, learning disability interventions, and cross-cultural teaching.
Becker’s extensive clinical experience includes serving as the clinical director of nine maternal-child and mental health hospital units and supervising various medical-surgical units. She was a nurse practitioner in several pediatric clinics, and she opened and managed five nurse practitioner retail health clinics. For the past six years, she has spoken at Contemporary Forums, a health care continuing education conference, sharing her expertise in pediatric pharmacology and other topics.
Becker served as a legislative consultant for the Arizona Nurses Association for two years, conferring with legislators and various health groups on nursing issues, researching bills, and testifying about nursing issues.
“Teaching at Immaculata has been a wonderful experience thus far,” said Becker. “The Division of Nursing faculty sincerely care for each of their students, and the environment has been extremely welcoming … Both the students and faculty are very interested in nursing as a profession, and I am so glad that I am teaching at Immaculata.”
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.