Patti Zuzelo

Patti Zuzelo


Clinical Professor

Division of Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department

1025 Bellet Building

Dr. Patti Rager Zuzelo is a Clinical Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University. Her doctorate is in higher education leadership (Widener University) and her dissertation was recognized with the Center for Education’s Dissertation of the Year (1998) award. Dr. Zuzelo has a master’s degree in nursing administration (University of Pennsylvania) and a certificate in business administration (Wharton School of Business). She has a post-masters certificate as an adult nurse practitioner. Dr. Zuzelo is acknowledged as an expert educator, researcher, and advanced practice nurse leader. She was recognized with a 2007 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and has held positions that include tenured Professor of Nursing. She held a research appointment with Einstein Healthcare Network from 2002 - 2012 and received the network’s 2005 Shared Governance Award. Dr. Zuzelo’s research addresses questions that are intriguing to nurses and pertinent to practice including studies addressing moral distress, technology, caring, and in-patient violence. These projects have provided opportunities for many nurses of varying educational backgrounds to publish or present. She has been recognized with a number of awards including the 2006 Nurse Researcher Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania.

Responding to a dearth of uniquely CNS-focused practice and education resources, she wrote The Clinical Nurse Specialist Handbook. Now in its second edition, it was recognized with the 2007 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Advanced Practice Nursing Category, is recommended as a certification examination preparatory book by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is used in many graduate programs nationally and internationally. She has served as President, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and was the founder of the regional NACNS networking group. Dr. Zuzelo has served as an appointee to the ANCC Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist examination content expert panel and served on the Strategic Advisory Group for Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Phase IV. Dr. Zuzelo currently serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s national Task Force on APRN Clinical Training. She is credentialed as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Zuzelo is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.