Patricia R. E. Harris, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Nursing


School of Health and Natural Sciences

Patricia’s background is in critical care nursing and research. As a nursing educator, she considers her work to be an extension of her nursing practice and experience. Her teaching focus is on advanced medical-surgical nursing and research. She is committed to helping students prepare for a successful nursing career and enjoy providing the opportunity for students to become familiar with the rich and diverse human experience that nursing offers.

Her research focus is on improving the outcomes of critically ill, hospitalized patients using data obtained through routine patient monitoring and care. Her projects have included the identification of electrocardiographic autonomic makers as potential predictors of patient outcomes. She also has studied people’s perceptions of their experiences while receiving mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit and has presented her work internationally.


University of California, San Francisco, PhD, Nursing

California State University, Sacramento, MS, Nursing

Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, BSN

Honors and Awards

  • Nursing Research Scholarship, Research Abstract Award, “Prevalence of respiratory alarms in intensive care and the influence of respiratory sensitivity setting changes,” Council on Nursing, American Thoracic Society, 2017
  • Century Club Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 2011 and 2012 
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Graduate Division, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
  • Research Poster Award, "Comparison heart rate variability and one-year survival in acute coronary syndrome," International Society of Computerized Electrocardiology, 2010
  • Critical Care/Trauma Scholarship, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
  • Betty Irene Moore Nursing Ph.D. Fellowship, Betty Irene Moore Foundation, 2007-2010

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