Dr. Patricia Dittman is currently the Quality Improvement Coordinator and Nationally Certified Diabetes Educator at the FAU/NCHA Community Health Clinics. She is a well-known national speaker, researcher and author on topics that include nursing diabetes, administration and leadership, nursing research, policy and nursing image. She has been an active member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives serving on the Board of Directors, Co-chairperson FONE Research /EBP Committee, and the FONE Strategic Planning.

Dr. Dittman was appointed to the Florida Board of Nursing from 2002 – 2008 and elected as the Chairperson from 2004-2007. Dr. Dittman (2021 to present) serves on the Florida Board of Nursing Probable Cause Panel which is responsible for the determination of infraction of the State of Florida’s Nurse Practice Act. She is very involved in nursing policy on a state level and is a member of many professional nursing organizations. In 2007 Patricia was appointed to the National Council for State Boards of Nursing’s Institute of Regulatory Excellence Committee. Dr. Dittman is currently a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center which is responsible for reviewing hospitals for Magnet status.


Dr. Dittman is also a recipient of the FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award, American Diabetes Association’s Valor Award and in 2018 received the Nurse Researcher Excellence Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives. Dr. Dittman is the President of the Iota Xi Chapter-at-Large Sigma International Nursing Honor Society. Dr. Dittman is a Magnet Appraiser with the Magnet Recognition Program under the direction of The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Association.


  • NUR 3115 Foundations of Caring in Nursing Situations
  • NUR 4165 Nursing Research
  • NGR 6812 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice
  • DNP Faculty Lead
  • Diabetes Education for staff, students and Patients
  • FAU Telehealth Course - Quality Improvement

Grants Awarded

Title Agency Duration Amount
Dittman, P. & Kleier, J. Attitudes and Perceived Behavioral Control as Predictors of Diabetes Self-management Among African-Americans. Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division Research Grant One year $5,000
Dittman, P. & Kleier, J. A Community-Based, Inter-Professional Diabetes Self-Management Education Project. Nova Southeastern Quality of Life Faculty Community-Based Applied Research Grant Two years $10,000
Dittman, P. & Schmidt, L. Registered Nurse’s Decision Making in Intentions to Pursue an Advanced Nursing Degree. 2015 Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Research Award Two Years $5,000

Recent Publications


  • Whitehead, D., Dittman, P.W. & McNulty, D. (2017). Leadership and the Advanced Practice Nurse: The Future of a Changing Health-Care Environment. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis

Journal Articles

  • Dittman, P.W. (2015). Chemical dependency and nursing students: A complicated process calling for nurse educator involvement. Journal of Addiction Nursing. 26(2), 58-61.
  • Kleier, J and Dittman, P.W. (2014). Attitude and empowerment as predictors of diabetes self-management among African -Americans. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 41(5), 487-494.
  • Dittman, P.W. (2012). Mountains to climb: Male nurses and their perspective on professional impairment. International Journal of Human Caring. 16(1), 34-41.
  • Dittman, P.W. (2008) Male nurses and chemical dependency: Masterminding the nursing environment. Nursing Administrative Quarterly. 32(4), 324-330.