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Mrs. Patricia Harrison, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN

Emory Decatur Hospital

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Emory Decatur Hospital


Hello, I am Patricia Harrison, Unit Nurse Educator at Emory Wesley Woods Inpatient Psychiatry Hospital.  My Mental Health career began in 1996 as a home care manager and later as a social worker in Nottingham, England.  I supported clients as they transitioned for long-term hospital setting to community living under transitional housing and supported living system. I migrated to the United States in 2002, and nursing became my third career. 

My nursing practice is highly influenced by theorists such as Peplau, Orem, and Roy.  I remain cognizant that patients' emotional and mental needs are often compounded by their health concerns, and always seek ways to get both addressed to promote wellness and resiliency. I believe knowledge is the foundation for change and an instrument for aiding in the reduction of stigma associated with mental illness.  Since I embarked on my nursing journey, I have undertaken clinical and leadership roles in nursing at various institutions. I was instrumental in collaborating and implementing the first Versant RN Residency Program in Behavioral Health, at one of Georgia's metropolitan hospitals, which is now on its third cohort of residents.  I have led the successful implementation of Unit-Based Practice Councils for which I received First Followers Award in 2016. Additionally, I received the Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2016 and numerous Daisy Award Nominations. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse as well as a Certified CPI Instructor. I hold a Diploma in Social Work from Leicester De Monfort University, UK, Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Sociology from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a Masters Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University.  I enjoy traveling and spending time in the outdoors.

Expert Knowledge Areas

  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Cognitive Impairment/Dementia
  • Crisis/Trauma
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Family
  • Group Therapy
  • Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care
  • Leadership
  • Managed Care/Utilization Review
  • Military
  • Mood Disorders