Patti Taylor Receives Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence

Priscilla “Patti” Taylor MN, CNS, FNP has devoted years of her life serving her country as a military nurse, both as a clinical nurse specialist and as a nurse practitioner. Currently, she is on faculty at UCLA, serving as a lecturer and mentor, teaching students the art of being a nurse practitioner. She is also helping America’s Wounded Warriors by serving as a nurse case manager for Operation Mend, a program that provides free reconstructive facial surgery and functional reconstruction of disfiguring facial burns for servicemen and servicewomen wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her experience in the Army and working in disaster zones led her to be the unofficial team captain in 2010, when she was part of a seven-member medical team sent to Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the country. She and her team were in Haiti for two weeks aboard the U.S. naval ship, the USNS Comfort, which was deployed to provide humanitarian aid. She was selected as a float rider on The Nurses’ Float at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. Patti epitomizes the best of who nurse practitioners are and what this wonderful profession of ours has to offer.