Patti Runyan began her nursing career in the Neonatal ICU at The Newborn Center in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis with her BSN, she moved to Texas to pursue her passion for NICU transport and outreach.
After obtaining her MBA at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas in 1991, Patti furthered her career through a series of progressive nursing leadership roles in both profit and nonprofit healthcare systems across the Southeast. She is recognized by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a board-certified Nurse Executive. Patti will complete her DNP-Nurse Executive in December 2020. Her DNP project focuses on increasing the translation of evidence by Registered Nurses at the bedside.
Patti joined the Vanderbilt team in 2018 and works on a variety of clinical and operational projects including partnerships with referring facilities, mentoring programs, evidence-based nursing practice, and nursing research.