Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR

President
American Nurses Association

Rebecca M. Patton MSN, RN, CNOR, of Cleveland, Ohio, was elected in June, 2006, to serve a two-year term as president of the American Nurses Association.  She was re-elected to a second two-year term in June, 2008.  ANA is the nation’s leading professional nursing organization representing the major health policy, practice, and workplace issues of 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) in the United States.

A nurse since 1980, Patton has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience.  She has been responsible for the start-up and ongoing operations of ambulatory medical centers, an inpatient acute facility, and a skilled nursing facility.  Currently she is the director of perioperative services for EMH Regional Health Care System in Cleveland, Ohio.  Previously she has served as director of nursing, director of surgical services, and director of ambulatory operations for hospitals in the University Hospitals Health System.  She also has been a clinical instructor at the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.   A member of the Editorial Board of OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, she has written chapters for books on medical-surgical nursing and for nursing journals. She has also written for popular publications, including an article on “What You Must Know Before You go to the Hospital” for Redbook Magazine.  She also writes regularly for ANA publications.

Patton has a Bachelors of Science in nursing from Kent State University and a Masters of Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.  She has held numerous ANA positions including treasurer (1998-2002), board of directors member (1994-1998), and delegate to the ANA House of Delegates (2003-2005). In addition, she has served in several Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) positions, including ONA first vice president (1990-1992), ONA delegate (2005-2006), ONA finance committee member (2003-2005), and on an Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses task force on competencies (1999-2000).

She received the “Community Involved Political Action Award” from the Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State University in 2000, and the “Dorothy E. Cornelius Leadership Congress Award” from the Ohio Nurses Association in 1999. 

An Ohio native, Patton comes from a family committed to public service.  Her mother and sister are nurses and her two brothers are police officers.  She is active in her church, and a highlight of her volunteer work in that community was a mission trip to Zimbabwe in 2000 where she had the opportunity to work in a hospital. 

Patton loves outdoor activity, including gardening, hiking, and biking.  She is an avid promoter of exercise as a key component of good physical health.  But her true passion is the nursing profession and the American Nurses Association.  Because of her belief in the importance of ANA to all nurses, her goal is to promote ANA to its deserved position of prominence and relevance in the health care community.