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Patti A Parker PhD


[Parker PhD, Patti A]
  • Assistant Clinical Professor


 I dreamed of being a nurse before I was even 10 years old.  I was fascinated by the effect that nurses had on patients when I would see them on television.  Then as a teenager, my family experienced a traumatic event in which by brother was injured.  During his convalescence, it was his nurses that made all the difference.  I envisioned one day being able to make such a positive impact on my patients.  Today, I practice as an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner.  Never a day goes by that I am not thankful that I chose nursing.  My profession has had such an positive impact on my life and on the care of my patients.  As an educator, I attempt to share these benefits and my knowledge of caring for adults and seniors with my students.

Professional Preparation

    • 1991 M.S.N. in Adult Medical-Surgical NursingUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 1994 Certificate in Adult/Geriatric Nurse PractitionerUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 2016 PhD in Applied GerontologyUniveristy of North Texas


    • Dec 2015 to Present Assistant Clinical Professor
      The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    • Jan 1995 to Jan 2013 Clinical Instrtuctor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1993 to Jan 2013 Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
      Baylor Senior Health Centers

Research and Expertise

  • Expertise

    Recently completed 65 year review of literature regarding diabetes education in the elderly in the US.  Secondary data analysis from the NHIS databases from 2002-2012  used to better understand the older diabetic population.

    Ongoing clinical studies in adult dermatology--rosacea, atopic dernatitis and psoriasis

  • Research Interests

    Long Term Care and the Impact of Nurse Practitioners 
    Diabetes Care in the Adult Population Primary and Secondary 
    Prevention of Osteoporosis in the Elderly

    Dermatologic Issues in the Adult Patient

  • Certifications


Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • Dec  Content Expert in Gerontology and Adult Health
      Since 2004, I have served in an consulting capacity for the American Nurses Credentially Center, which is the arm of ANA that administers certification exams for nurses--at all levels. I have and continue to work with these nurse leaders to develop review materials for nurses seeking certification in adult health and gerontology, both on the undergraduate and advanced practice level. The activities include editing review materials, co-authoring a gerontological nursing review manual and speaking to nursing groups across the country--related to gerontological and adult health issues.