Patricia McCartney

patricia mccartneyPatricia McCartney, PhD, RNC-OB, RN-BC, FAAN, serves as Director of Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Georgetown University-MedStar Washington Hospital Center Nursing Scholars Program. In addition, she is Clinical Professor Emeritus of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing and Department of Women's Studies, Buffalo, NY.

Dr. McCartney is an accomplished scholar whose work centers on advancing evidenced-based practice with an emphasis on developing innovations in nursing practice. She has numerous publications and presentations on fetal heart monitoring and nursing informatics, including a regular column on health information technology in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, where she is also a member of the editorial board.

Dr. McCartney is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has served in elected and appointed leadership positions in the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) at the national and local levels, including the Board of Directors and AWHONN Consulting, and is an author and instructor for AWHONN's Fetal Heart Monitoring Courses. In 1995, Dr. McCartney founded the Perinatal Nursing Discussion List, a global Internet list for perinatal nurses and has a long history of volunteer work for the March of Dimes.

Dr. McCartney received her BSN from The State University of New York, University at Albany, and earned her MSN in Maternal-Child Health and PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology from The State University of New York, University of Buffalo.

Research Interests

Dr. McCartney's research interests include

  • Evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Perinatal nursing
  • Nursing informatics
  • Electronic personal health records

Dr. McCartney's work has been recognized with the AWHONN National Award for Excellence in Education, the AWHONN Nursing for Women's Health Reviewer of the Year, the State University of New York Chancellors Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, the University at Buffalo Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the University at Buffalo School of Nursing Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Perinatal Informatics Users Group: Integrity Award.

View Dr. McCartney's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Nursing Research