Patricia E. Sloan

Patricia E. Sloan, EdD, RN, FAAN

Noted for her expertise in the areas of public health nursing and education, Dr. Sloan was a professor for over 30 years prior to her retirement in 2008. Her distinguished career spans nearly 50 years, and she worked as a hospital nurse before entering public health nursing, subsequently working as an educator, consultant and administrator. She served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 22 years in the nurse corps, including a decade teaching medical corpsmen. During recent years, she worked in educational administration, in Hampton University as a Chairperson in the School of Nursing, and Chicago State University as Assistant Dean in the College of Health Sciences and Executive Assistant to the President. Most recently, she has consulted within both of those universities.

Dr. Sloan attributes her success to a combination of creative responses to adversity, having a zest for reading, and insatiable curiosity about ways she can work with others to make things better. Her ambitions were supported by a loving family, especially her late husband Robert Elston, and by a series of outstanding administrators and mentors who fostered her progress. She became a nurse after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1963, and progressed from staff public health nurse into a supervisory position with Ruth Ann Yauger and Cora Newell. After studying the health services of Norway at the International Summer School in the University of Oslo, she worked at the Loeb Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation of Montefiore Hospital in New York with Lydia Hall and attended Columbia University. She eventually decided to quit her job and become a full-time student—which was hard for her, because she was so used to working full time. Thus, she began volunteering at Harlem Hospital as well. She also spent a summer working as a Linstead Hospital staff nurse in Jamaica, W.I. She continued her education by taking graduate pre-doctoral courses at Hampton Institute after she began teaching there. Dr. Sloan earned both a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in public health nursing as well as the Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, receiving the latter degree in 1978.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Association of Black Women Historians, International Youth Exchange Alumni Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the National Black Nurses Association and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. She is honored to have been inducted into the Chardon High School Hall of Fame, the College of Nursing Hall of Fame at The Ohio State University and having received the Charles and Mary Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from Hampton University. Her additional accomplishments include establishing the M. Elizabeth Carnegie Nursing Archives at Hampton University, the first archives in the U.S. designed as a repository for oral histories and memorabilia on minority nurses, especially African-Americans. Working closely with talented administrators including Fostine Riddick and Elnora Daniel, she was instrumental in initiating the Master's program in nursing at Hampton University, the first successfully established in a Historically Black College or University; and in collaboratively developing a series of effective proposals for funding with the faculty members and administrators who made that educational enterprise thrive into the 21st century. At Chicago State University she facilitated successful proposals with Joseph Balogun and other effective teams of administrators, staff and faculty members to obtain funding for several diverse areas, including grants that promoted HIV/AIDS education in South Africa, primary education equality in Ghana, the HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute in the College of Health Sciences, and education of students in public health nursing.

Early articles by Sloan appeared in periodicals including the Virginia Nurse Quarterly and numerous state nursing association journals during her tenure in the American Nurses Association as Special Consultant to the Executive Director (Ombudsman). Her research articles include historical overviews and biographical summaries in the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Most recently, publications as divergent as tenure, reaching out to grade-school students, and prison inmates' behaviors that put them at risk for HIV infection reflect the successes of using a collaborative team approach during her research and administrative activities.

Dr. Sloan has participated in 5K runs to raise money to combat HIV with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and served on the Chicago Board of Health. In Virginia, she was appointed to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Medical Assistance Services Board. As a board member of Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Virginia, she helped develop a proposal that provided funding for HIV prevention through small group discussions in friends' homes. In her spare time, she enjoys music, theater and reading. In the years to come, Dr. Sloan would like to combine travel with continuing to actively contribute to the public's health by conducting more research, consultation and volunteering.