Patricia Benner, 

R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., F.R.C.N.

Patricia Benner is a Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Benner received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Pasadena College, her master's degree in medical surgical nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Stress and Coping and Health under the direction of Hubert Dreyfus and Richard Lazarus.

Dr. Benner is the author of nine books including From Novice to Expert, named an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year for nursing education and nursing research in 1984, and The Primacy of Caring, co-authored with Judith Wrubel, named Book of the Year in 1990, also in two categories. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her most recent books are: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring and Ethics in Health and Illness, and The Crisis of Care, with Susan Phillips, both published in 1994, Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Clinical Judgment, and Ethics, with Christine Tanner and Catherine Chesla, also named a Book of the Year in 1996, and Caregiving, with Suzanne Gordon and Nel Noddings, also published in 1996. To be published in December, 1998, is Clinical Wisdom and Interventions in Critical Care: A Thinking-In-Action Approach, with Pat Hooper-Kyriakidis and Daphne Stannard (W.B. Saunders).

Dr. Benner is an internationally noted researcher and lecturer on health, stress and coping, skill acquisition and ethics. Her work has had wide influence on nursing both in the United States and internationally, for example in providing the basis for new legislation and design for nursing practice and education for three states in Australia. She was recently elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Her work has influence beyond nursing in the areas of clinical practice and clinical ethics.

She has been a staff nurse in the areas of medical-surgical, emergency room, coronary care, intensive care units and home care. Currently, her research includes the study of nursing practice in intensive care units and nursing ethics.

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