PATRICIA J. ESTOK, RN, PHD, FAAN
“TODAY, SUCCESSFUL NURSE LEADERS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH STRONG CLINICAL, BUSINESS, AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO EXCEL IN ACADEMIA AND TO LEAD IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS. WE KNOW THE SKILLED NURSE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE FIELD.”
A leader in nursing education and research, Dr. Patricia J. Estok worked nearly 35 years in academic nursing at Kent State University School of Nursing and currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus.
Pat’s career at Kent State University includes posts as Professor, Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program, Program Director of Parent-Child Nursing, and Interim Director of the Center for Nursing Research. Her professional focus has centered on women’s health, having led pioneering research in these areas. Her most recent research activity was as co-investigator on a National Institute of Aging-funded grant entitled “DXA: Health Beliefs and Osteoporosis in Men.” Pat also held earlier posts in the clinical arena.
SERVICE & HONORS
An emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the University Hospitals Health System, Pat is a member of several nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, American Academy of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International. A highly respected author and lecturer, she has published or presented her work in publications, conferences and workshops across the country.
Among Pat’s many honors and awards: Best of Image Award, the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Honor a Nurse Researcher Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau Delta Xi Chapter Excellence in Nursing Research Award. Pat was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1989.
Pat graduated from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, Pennsylvania, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology from Kent State University, Ohio.