Patricia Short Tomlinson

Title: Nurse, Professor Emeritus, Social Psychologist
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States

Patricia Tomlinson, Nurse, Professor Emeritus and Social Psychologist at the University of Minnesota, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing education.

Ever since she was a small child, Dr. Tomlinson really wanted to be a nurse. She grew up in a family that inspired aspiration and the mentality to always keep busy. Both her mother and father were teachers on the Indian reservation in South Dakota, which inspired her to go into teaching. The teaching bug wasn’t just limited to her, in fact, her brother is a professor, her sister was a primary school teacher, her son and daughter are professors. Dr. Tomlinson’s granddaughter has also expressed becoming a professor due to the influence of her family. In addition, Dr. Tomlinson also wanted to be of service to others and felt that a profession in nursing, and teaching nursing, would fulfill this desire.

Dr. Tomlinson began her teaching career as an associate professor at OHSU in 1973. She worked at the institution until 1985, where she then joined the faculty as a professor at the University of Minnesota. While teaching here, Dr. Tomlinson also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Bergen and National Yang-Ming University. In 2001, she retired from teaching and attained professor emeritus status at the University of Minnesota. That same year, Dr. Tomlinson was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Tampere. In 2002, she became the founding director of Family Health Consultants in St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Tomlinson considers the highlights of her career to be her work in Norway, Finland and Taiwan. For her work, she has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the National Institutes of Health and the Community Mental Health Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received the Nursing Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and an Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Dr. Tomlinson became a registered nurse of the California Board of Registered Nursing in 1957. That same year received a BSN from the University of Minnesota. She is also an RN in the states of Oregon and Minnesota. In 1973, Dr. Tomlinson received a MSN from the University of Washington. She later earned a PhD from Oregon State University in 1984 and an honorary PhD from the University of Tampere in 2005. With her well-earned retirement, Dr. Tomlinson enjoys traveling, sumi-e painting and writing.

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