Patrick Hopkins is co-director of the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses, an intensive program that prepares students who already have a bachelor’s degree for a career in nursing. He teaches pathophysiology in the accelerated bachelor’s program and content on the care of children and families in the pediatric nurse and family nurse practitioner programs. He has been recognized with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award, and the Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner Award in the School of Nursing. A native of England, he has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Strong Memorial Hospital since relocating to Rochester in 1994, rising from staff nurse to nurse leader to neonatal nurse practitioner. He is a member of the URMC Ethics Committee, Committee for Family Centered Care, and the NICU Safety Committee. Hopkins earned his master’s degree from the pediatric nurse practitioner program, his post-master’s certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the School of Nursing. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Hull and his registered general nurse degree at St. James University Hospital in Great Britain.


Professional Experience
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, URMC (Pediatrics), Rochester, NY, US. 5/2010 - Current

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, URMC, Rochester, NY, US. 8/1999 - Current

Senior Clinical Associate, University of Rochester (Pediatrics), Rochester, NY, US. 3/2007 - 5/2010

Nurse Leader, URMC (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), Rochester, NY, US. 9/1997 - 8/1999

Staff Nurse, URMC (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), Rochester, NY, US. 1/1994 - 8/1997

Staff Nurse, Sullivan Diagnostic Treatment Center (Developmentally delayed pediatrics), Harris, NY, US. 5/1989 - 12/1993

Teacher, Crystal Run Village (Developmentally delayed and mentally ill adults), South Fallsburg, NY, US. 9/1981 - 9/1984

Best poster award
New Careers in Nursing, 2012

Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2010

Nancy Kent NP
URMC, 2009

Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2008

Health Leadership Award
March Of Dimes, 2006

Sophie's Choices
Ethics Conference, Division of Humanities and Bioethics, 2013
Rochester, New York

Speed dating to facilitate near peer mentoring relationships between RWJ scholars
National Conference, NCIN RWJ, 2012
Washington, District Of Columbia

Family Centered Care and the Medical Home
Peds Nursing Conference, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2012
Rochester, New York

U of R SON, 2008
Rochester, New York

Chiafery, M. C., Hopkins, P., Norton, S. A., & Shaw, M. H. (2018). Nursing ethics huddles to decrease moral distress among nurses in the intensive care unit. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 29 (3), 217-226. PMID: 30226823