Professor, DNP Pediatric and Neonatal Coordinator
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
920 Madison, #962
Memphis, TN 38163
Dr. Susan Patton is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and co-proprietor of East Arkansas Childrenís Clinic, in Forrest City, since 1991. She serves as Medical Consultant to Kids for the Future, a developmental preschool located in Forrest City. In addition, Dr. Patton works with victims of child abuse and sexual assault in her general pediatric practice. In her faculty position at University of Tennessee College of Nursing, she is the Coordinator of the DNP Pediatric Program including PNP and NNP concentrations. Dr. Patton received her BSN in Nursing from University of Memphis. She received her Masters of Nursing in Maternal Child Health from University of Arkansas, Medical Sciences; Post Masterís certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Dr. Patton joined the faculty of University of Tennessee College of Nursing in 2001. Her major areas of practice are primary care pediatrics developmental pediatrics and injury/violence prevention.
Dr. Patton has served on the Education Committee of the International Association of Forensic Nurse, President of the Forensic Nurse Certification Board, and Chaired the Ad Hoc Committee for Advanced Practice Portfolio Credentialing Committee and is Expert Reviewer for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her involvement with the Arkansas Nurses Association has included positions such as District President, Convention Chair, APN Council Chair, and a number of political ad hoc committees. Dr. Patton has received a number of awards in her career including the Arkansas Advance Practice Nurse of the Year in 1996 and 2011, a Special Recognition from the Arkansas General Assembly for her service to Arkansas, Dr. John Runyan Award for Community Health Nursing, the UTHSC Excellence in Teaching Award, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Innovatorís Award and the Arkansas Nurses Distinguished Service Award. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) received the 2011 Arkansas Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.