Patricia Ruth Messmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Florida Nurses Association
Dr. Patricia Messmer has led a remarkable career in nursing, and has been an active and committed ANA member for more than 54 years. Her dedication and knowledge of the nursing profession include her work as a long-term advocate for excellence at the bedside.
Dr. Messmer is currently a consultant for nursing research and education in the Benjamín León School of Nursing at Miami Dade College. She serves as chair of the Nurses Charitable Trust, which supports nursing scholarships and research. Since her early days as a staff nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, she has continued to build on her career, taking on roles that have included clinical instructor, nurse practitioner, assistant professor, director of nursing education and research, director of nursing research, and Magnet project director at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL.
Dr. Messmer also has made her mark in health care by publishing numerous articles that include “Teaching infant CPR to mothers of cocaine- exposed infants,” “Kangaroo care for neonates,” “CPR steps to Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and “Enhancing nurse-physician collaboration using simulation,” as well as collaborating with Ethiopian surgeons to co-author “Treatment of sigmoid volvulus by deflation versus surgery.” Dr. Messmer received the 2010 ANA Jessie M. Scott Award and in 2000 became the only nurse to receive the Smithsonian Computerworld Medal for “Companion Phone Technology in the Emergency Department.” Dr. Messmer, a Sigma Theta Tau International Virginia Henderson Fellow, is a consummate advocate who ensures that nurses’ voices are heard, and a dedicated champion who has strengthened the nursing profession regionally, nationally and internationally. She co-authored “Private Duty Nurse Undine Sams: Passion, Power & Political Action” and donated Sams’ archival material to Florida International University and the University of Miami, and donated Imogene King’s archives to Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Virginia. At the same time, Dr. Messmer led an initiative to fund a Veterans Affairs nurse collection for the Kansas Nurses Foundation. A former American Nurses Foundation trustee and treasurer and ANA-PAC trustee and secretary, she co-chairs the ANA-PAC Leadership Society and is president of the Florida Nurses Foundation. She serves as an advisor to the Philippine Nurses Association in Cebu, Philippines, the Miami chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and the Haitian American Nurses Association.
Her innovative, highly relevant and international research is consistently funded. She is a globally respected mentor to nurses and physicians, helping them to achieve workable solutions in clinical practice.