Patti Taylor once said “nurses have to help people because it is our profession and our world.” And as everyone in the School of Nursing knows, Patti is more than a lecturer. She is a mentor and role model, teaching students the art and science of being a nurse. Late nights, early mornings, weekends, whatever it takes…Patti is there to help students through their studies to become the best they can be.
Patti has devoted her life to serving her country as a military nurse, both as a clinical nurse specialist and as a nurse practitioner. One of her biggest passions is helping America’s Wounded Warriors by serving as a nurse case manager for Operation Mend. That work touched others and led to a nursing scholarship being named for her. Her experience in the Army and working in disaster zones led her to be named the unofficial team captain in 2010, when she was part of a seven-member medical team sent to Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the country. They were in Haiti for two weeks aboard the U.S. naval ship, the USNS Comfort, which was deployed to provide humanitarian aid. In 2013, she had the honor to be selected as a float rider on The Nurses’ Float at the Tournament of Roses Parade. Last year, she was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence.
Patti has been lecturer at the School since 2008.
Here is what the students wrote for her nomination:
The MECN Class of 2017 would like to nominate Professor Priscilla “Patti” Taylor for this year’s DAISY award. Professor Taylor deserves this award because she truly has been an extraordinary instructor. Although we have only spent a few months with Patti, she has connected with our class on a personal level and has made us feel important and valued as students. Ms. Patti understands the art of teaching and is aware that not all students learn the same way. She incorporates different teaching methods and makes herself available with flexible office hours. She has demonstrated her devotion to nursing through her work in the military, Operation Mend, the VA and the UCLA School of Nursing. Ms. Patti exemplifies what is it to love and live her passion. Our class is truly grateful, proud and honored to have her as one of our professors. She is certainly someone our class admires.