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Patricia Bridges Donahue

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Patti was born in Chicago, Illinois to Don and Betty Bridges on July 21, 1948. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Barber; son-in-law, Shane Barber; grandchildren, Ryan and Aidan Barber; sister, Kiki Bridges and brother, Scott Bridges. The family moved to Pacific Palisades, California in 1954 after a short time in Dayton, Ohio. She was born with club feet and wore corrective casts for the first few years of her life. She often spoke of the memories of the care given to her by the nurses and this was what sparked her interest in...

Patti was born in Chicago, Illinois to Don and Betty Bridges on July 21, 1948. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Barber; son-in-law, Shane Barber; grandchildren, Ryan and Aidan Barber; sister, Kiki Bridges and brother, Scott Bridges. The family moved to Pacific Palisades, California in 1954 after a short time in Dayton, Ohio. She was born with club feet and wore corrective casts for the first few years of her life. She often spoke of the memories of the care given to her by the nurses and this was what sparked her interest in nursing. She was proud and passionate of her 40 year nursing career.

Class of 1966 - Palisades Charter High School - Pacific Palisades, California
Upper 10% of a class of 519
1966-1967 - Santa Monica Hospital - Nursing Assistant - October 1966 - June 1967
Class of 1970 - Los Angeles County - US Medical Center School of Nursing
Graduated #3 in her class - Neurosurgical Intensive Care - Los Angeles, California
1970-1971 - Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center - Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse Neurosurgical Intensive Care, specialty in worldwide cranial neurosurgical cases performed by inventor of micro neurosurgical AVM's, acoustic neurinomas, and aneurysms.
1971-1973 - Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center - Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse T2 Neurosurgical Intensive Care Active Duty - 1st Lieutenant - San Antonio, Texas. Cared for Neurosurgical Air Force members and their dependents from all over the world who had head, neck, or spinal cord injuries or carcinoma.
1973-1975 - University of Mary Hardin Baylor School of Nursing - Belton, Texas. Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Graduate Magna Cum Laude, Award for Academic Excellence, Award for Clinical and Theoretical Excellence.
Class of 1976 - Texas Wormen's University, Denton, Texas. Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health - 4.0 GPA
Class of 1993 - The University of Texas at Austin - Nursing Doctoral Program
1978-1980 - DOD GS-11 - Community Health Nurse Clinical Specialist - Mainz-Wiesbaden, Germany. Ran TB/STC Clinic, well baby clinic, investigated violence against women, child abuse, rape cases. Acted as liaison with Wiesbaden USAF Pediatric Unit monthly and PRN to follow low birth weight infants and assess home for readiness.
1981-1982 - Kings Daughters Hospital - Assistant Director of Nursing - Temple, Texas
1982-1983 - The University of Mary Hardin Baylor BSN Program - Belton, Texas
Scott & White Memorial Hospital Clinical Instructor: Community Health, Care of Women & Children
1983 - Central Texas College - Professor of Nursing: Med Surg II, Killeen, Texas
1983 - 1998 - United States Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps - San Antonio, Texas
433rd Airlift Wing - Staff Nurse Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center/Emergency Department - Senior Officer. Readiness training. Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. 433rd Contingency Hospital RAF Little Rissington Operation Desert Storm 1991 - Charge Nurse Triage/Emergency Department.
1984-1991 - Scott & White Health Plan - Director of Physician Management, Temple, Texas. First nurse to work in this program. Oversaw utilization of impatient services; conducted research on outcomes of gastric stapling, breast implants and other services with high morbidity; oriented and followed up with physicians in outlying clinics.
1991-2005 - Central Texas College - Department of Nursing, Killen, Texas. Professor of Nursing: Med Surg II, Introduction to Nursing and Management of Client Care