Patricia K. Howard PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Patricia Kunz Howard, RN, PhD, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN is Enterprise Director of Emergency Services for UK Healthcare and the EMS Training Coordinator for Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services. Dr. Howard speaks nationally on emergency care topics. Her research interests include pain, family presence and injury prevention initiatives. Dr. Howard was the 2019 President of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). In 2021 she was appointed Provost of ENA University. Dr. Howard was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in 2020. She was the 2011 recipient of the Judith Kelleher award from the Emergency Nurses Association for consistently demonstrating excellence in emergency nursing, making significant contributions to the profession of nursing, and to the specialty of emergency nursing. Dr. Howard was elected to the Academy of Emergency Nursing Board for 2022. In 2010 she was recognized as one of the fifty most distinguished alumni by the University Of Kentucky College Of Nursing. Dr. Howard earned her A.D.N. from Salem College, a B.S.N., M.S.N., and PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky.

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PhD, University of Kentucky, 2004
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1990
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1983


Dr. Patti Howard's CV