Patricia Scott, DPN, RN, PNP, NCSN
After her first decade as an RN in acute care pediatrics at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Patti Scott transitioned to public health nursing, aiming to prevent the problems she saw in acute care. This included two decades in school health where she learned important lessons from families and the community: health is less about health care and more about equity and the places people live, learn, work, play, and pray. This experience was followed by a decade in state public health administration in Arkansas and Tennessee where she was able to influence health policy and priorities focusing on social determinants of health. She has also served on faculty at the Vanderbilt and University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing, and continues to serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.