January 6, 2009
Patricia Sweeney, R.N., a nursing instructor at Penn State Worthington Scranton, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) for a two-year term. She joins 10 other nurses from across the state to promote the vision of the organization, which is to be a strong and effective voice for all registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sweeney received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wilkes University and a master's degree in nursing, with a focus as a family nurse practitioner from the State University of New York, in Binghamton. She is currently enrolled in the Penn State's nursing doctorate program, from which she is expected to graduated in August, 2009. A certified family nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) since 1987, she is currently the District 4 president of the PSNA and has served on various district committees. In addition, Ms. Sweeney is also the recipient of the PSNA Nursing Education Award and the Penn State Worthington Scranton Gertrude Hawk Award for Service, and has given local, regional and national poster presentations, as well as contributing to a book on Nursing Informatics. She has been an instructor at Worthington Scranton since 1992, teaching in the associate degree nursing and registered nurse to bachelor of science nursing programs. She also currently works part-time in Community Medical Center's emergency department. She lives in Scranton with her husband Jack. They have two children, John and Sarah, both Penn State University graduates. The mission of PSNA is to advance the identity, integrity and continuity of the nursing profession by providing access to education, improving knowledge and skills; advocate and support the nursing profession with Commonwealth policymakers, legislators and regulators; and offer valued information and services for professional practice.