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Patricia A. Hess
School of Nursing

Patricia A. Hess, M.S., R.N., Instructor in Nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing)

B.S.N., Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 1961; M.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1966; Ph.D., Walden University, Naples, Florida, before 1971.

Staff nurse, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, 1961-1962; head nurse, Springbrook Health Clinic (pilot study for Medicare), Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1962-1965; instructor in nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing), University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1966-1967; professor, School of Nursing, San Francisco State University, 1967-2005; after retirement, adjunct assistant professor School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University, California; assistant director of the associate degree to bachelor of science degree in nursing program, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, San Mateo, California.

In addition, Dr. Hess taught in the Applied Gerontology Certificate Program, San Francisco State University and was an instructor in the continuing education death and dying correspondence course at University of California, Berkeley. She served on the first board of directors of Hospice of Marin, Marin County, California and visited St. Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, England.

Dr. Hess earned certificates in gerontology from the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles and Holy Names College, Oakland, California. She completed the geriatric nurse practitioner program at University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing and School of Medicine, in 1986 and was certified by the California State Board of Nursing. She is an eight-time recipient of a Book of the Year Award through the American Journal of Nursing for her book “Toward Healthy Aging: Human Needs and Nursing Response,” which she co-authored with colleague Priscilla Ebersole (Mosby, 1998).

According to Ebersole, in 1972 Dr. Hess developed an elective course in death and dying at San Francisco State and it was “always oversubscribed.” It was through her interest in the dying that Dr. Hess became deeply interested in gerontology and geriatrics.