Dr. G. Elaine Patterson of Ramapo College, New Jersey-USA, has received a Fulbright U.S Scholar program award to teach postgraduate degree programmes in the Department of Nursing of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award is based on her academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S government’s flagship international educational exchange program designed to build lasting relationships between people of the United States and the people in over 160 countries.
Dr. Patterson who is part of the 800 U.S. citizens selected to conduct research and provide expertise abroad is a Professor of Nursing in the Ramapo College of New Jersey. In her field of work, she has contributed significantly towards expanding the science of nursing and influencing the professional practice and the public image of nursing globally.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Patterson is engaged in clinical practice in the area of maternal child health nursing. As a certified high-risk perinatal nurse and a certified family nurse practitioner, she is committed to reducing black infant and maternal morbidity and mortality rates. Dr. Patterson; a member of the National Black Nurses association and Concerned Black Nurses of New Jersey has helped devise strategies to decrease the mortality and morbidity rates for the past twelve (12) years.
Most recently, Ramapo College awarded Dr. Patterson as the faculty member that demonstrates significant contribution in teaching to the College and the community.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Fulbright Scholar’s Program beneficiaries address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.
The Management of KNUST welcomes Dr. G. Elaine Patterson to the Best University in West Africa.