Patricia M. Dillon, Ph.D., R.N., CWOCN

Chair of Graduate Nursing and R.N.-BSN and R.N.-MSN Programs Professor

Having been a nurse educator for more than 30 years and a practicing nurse for more than 40 years enables Dr. Dillon to provide a context for students when teaching. Her area of focus is the adult medical-surgical patient with her clinical experience primarily in acute care at all levels including staff, manager, and CNS.

Her areas of research interest include the clinical experience in nursing education, simulation as an educational strategy, patient safety, and inter-professional collaboration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult medical-surgical nursing
  • Health assessment
  • Simulation
  • Patient safety/inter-professional collaboration


  • Veterans Health Administration Inter-Professional Fellowship in Patient Safety Using Simulation, July, 2009 -2011
  • Ph.D., Widener, 2008
  • Dn.Sc., Widener, 2002
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Nursing Education, Widener, 1995
  • MSN, Advanced Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • BSN, Gwynedd Mercy College. 1973
  • ASN, Gwynedd Mercy College, 1971


  • Health assessment
  • Advanced assessment
  • Nursing education certificate program


Dillon, P., Noble, K. Kaplan, L. (2009). Simulation, an educational approach to foster

collaborative interdisciplinary education. Nursing Education Perspectives. 30(2): 87-92.


Gasper, M. & Dillon, P. (2012). Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, Instructor

Volume. Philadelphia:  F. A. Davis.

Gasper, M. & Dillon, P. (2012). Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, Student 

Volume. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. & Mason, D. (2007). Health assessment: Developing your auscultation skills, 2

edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: A critical thinking, case studies approach,

2 edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.  Translated in Chinese, Italian and Spanish.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Clinical pocket guide 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Student applications, 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F.A.  Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Instructor’s manual, 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F.A. Davis.

Dillon, P. & Hooper, C. (2007). Nursing health assessment: An interactive case study

Approach, 2 edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.


“Using Simulation with Inter-Professional Team Training to Improve RRT/Code Performance” Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N. Steven Hickens, BSN; Anthony Au, PharmD; Sandy Shlifer, MSN; Maria Carpenter, MSN, R.N.; Helene Moriarty, Ph.D., APRN, BC; Gregg Lipschik, M.D. Poster presentation at 12th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 28 to February 1, 2012.