Dr. Patricia K. Bradley honored for career impact

Dr. Pat Bradley

Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor in the College of Nursing at Villanova University, is among the latest fellows inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on October 15 in Washington, D.C. during its 38th Annual Meeting and Conference. She is also receiving Bebashi’s Quality of Life award on November 3rd .

 AAN Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellowship is recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the nursing profession. Dr. Bradley has a career-long commitment to research related to breast cancer. Recognizing her with Fellowship, the AAN described her career impact: “Dr. Bradley’s nursing career has been dedicated to reducing health disparities and inequalities in under-and-un-served populations by blending the outcomes from her practice, scholarship, and educational work at community, state, and national levels. She uses her psychiatric mental health nursing skills of connection, collaboration, and open communication to further the outreach mission of organizations that work with the advocacy community on matters related to African American breast cancer survivors.”

 Bebashi, a Philadelphia non-profit, has a mission to provide culturally sensitive health related information, direct service, research, and technical assistance to the urban community. The organization received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a breast health education program with African American women called Our Bodies. Next month, Dr. Bradley will receive Bebashi’s Quality of Life Award for her “tireless work on quality of life issues for African American breast cancer survivors”.

 Dr. Bradley, who has taught psychiatric and mental health nursing at Villanova since 1997, has been an active board member with Linda Creed, a non-profit breast cancer organization, for over ten years. She currently serves as president of the board of directors. She has an extended devotion to public awareness of breast cancer by developing training programs and materials that focus on the needs of the African American community. Dr. Bradley is the co-author of the award winning educational booklet Getting Connected: African Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  She is also a national and regional volunteer with the American Cancer Society, and has chaired their National Diversity Advisory Group. Dr. Bradley is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Elaine M. Ominsky Humanitarian Award from Linda Creed, the Inaugural Founder’s Award from the advocacy organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s Southeast Region Volunteer Gold Achievement Award and their Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer Tribute Award for outstanding work in education, advocacy, and quality of life issues for African American women with breast cancer.