Former UC San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Professor, graduate of our master’s degree program in Maternal-Child Nursing, and 2015 UCSF School of Nursing Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award Patricia Ludder Jackson Allen (MS ’69, post MS PNP ’82) received the Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award for Education in Nursing at the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) School of Nursing annual Reflections of Excellence awards ceremony on September 10. Allen was a pioneer in establishing the Advanced Practice pediatric nursing role while she was a key member of the UCSF School of Nursing faculty from 1969 to 2002. She continued the development of the role nationally and internationally. Allen’s stalwart dedication to mentoring students goes beyond their graduation as PNPs and is truly extraordinary.
According to the UConn School of Nursing’s press release, Allen devoted her research and practice career to children with chronic health conditions. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1967, and trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she worked on the adolescent unit upon graduation. She then earned her master's degree in Maternal-Child Nursing from UCSF School of Nursing, and – 15 years later – her certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Allen joined the faculty of Yale School of Nursing in the spring of 2003 to teach in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty and was the PNP Specialty Coordinator at Yale School of Nursing from 2004 until her retirement in June 2014. Her area of professional scholarship focuses on the primary care needs of children with chronic health conditions. She co-edits a major textbook, “Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition,” and the fifth edition was published in 2010.