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Patricia Pearce, MPH, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Interim Dean

Patricia Pearce, MPH, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Patricia Pearce, MPH, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Dr. Patricia Pearce has been a registered nurse since 1976, a nurse practitioner since 1994, a nurse researcher since 2004, and an educator since 1995. Her clinical background is extensive. Dr. Pearce’s research interest is in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies, as well as working with nurses in evidence- based practice. She has precepted, taught and mentored staff nurses, nurse practitioners, and students at BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD levels. Dr. Pearce is a two-time graduate of Loyola (History and Nursing), has a Master in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Masters in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women, and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Pearce lived in New Orleans from 1976 through 1999, and returned in 2012 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She teaches in the School of Nursing, and has served as DNP Program Coordinator and Interim Director.  She now serves in the role of Interim Director for the School of Nursing.

Recent Publications

  • Peterson J, Pearce PF, Ferguson LA, Langford CA (2016). Understanding scoping reviews: Definition, purpose, and process. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2016, March): early view-copy available 6/16, Sept 2016: doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12380
  • Calcagno JI, Iribarren SJ, Caporale JE, Pearce PF, Prabhakaran D, & Pichón-Riviere A (2016). Cardiovascular disease risk factors and impact on functionality and productivity in Argentina. Value in Health Regional Issues, 11C, 35-41. doi:
  • Pearce PF, Ferguson LA, George GS, & Langford CA (2016. The essential SOAP note in the EHR age. The Nurse Practitioner. 41(2), 29-36. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000476377.35114.d7
  • Oriol MD, Brannagan KB, Ferguson LA, Pearce PF (2015). Understanding career trajectory: A degree alone is not enough. International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices, 2(152), e6 pages. doi:
  • Iribarren SJ, Sward KA, Beck SL, Pearce PF, Thurston D, Chirico C. (2015, Feb 27). Qualitative evaluation of an mHealth intervention to support patients with active tuberculosis: Implementation considerations. Journal of Medical Internet Research and mHealth, 3(1), e21. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3971


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSN, Mississippi University for Women; MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine; BSN, Loyola University New Orleans

Classes Taught

  • NURS 802 Advanced Statistics and Data Management
  • NURS 812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS 815 Family Theory
  • NURS 830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS 835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS 845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS 855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS 910 Epidemiology
  • NURS 915 Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science
  • NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I
  • NURS 945 DNP Advanced Practicum II
  • NURS 960 DNP Scholarly Project