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Patricia Finch-Guthrie, PhD, RN

Dr. Patricia Finch Guthrie has served as a faculty member for the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and nursing since 2004 and has a BSN from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Science as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in nursing with a minor in gerontology. As faculty for the University of Phoenix, Dr. Finch Guthrie serves as a dissertation chair and teaches within the nursing doctoral program. Her research focus is on the prevention of adverse outcomes for at risk patients in acute care and other health care settings, translation of evidence, and interprofessional practice. Her research on adverse outcomes includes preventing delirium in older hospitalized adults and pressure ulcers in critically ill patients. New areas of research include the prevention of healthcare acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections in rehabilitation care units, ventilator acquired pneumonia for ventilator dependent long-term care patients, and uncontrolled pain in long-term care. Her work in translation science includes developing and studying the outcomes of an interprofessional evidence-based scholar program conducted in collaboration with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Benedictine Care System, and Presbyterian Homes in Minneapolis. In addition to her research, Dr. Finch Guthrie has extensive practice, leadership, and teaching experience that includes practicing as a critical care nurse and a gerontological CNS, serving as a manager of a coronary critical care unit and a progressive cardiac care unit, and leading a large department as the Director of Clinical Practice, Innovation, and Research at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, in addition to teaching for the University of Phoenix, Dr Finch Guthrie has recently developed interprofessional education courses for St. Catherine University. These course are designed to teach teams of healthcare professions students to develop a collaborative, cohesive practice that improves patient outcomes.

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Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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Dissertation Chair
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Nursing PhD
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College of Doctoral Studies