Patti G. Grota has over thirty years of patient care experience as a clinical nurse specialist and an infection prevention professional; where she has excelled as a facilitator, researcher, and teacher. She has presented at local, regional, and national conferences, as well as published in peer reviewed journals on infection prevention and patient safety topics, many of them as invited manuscripts. This year, she had three peer review, invited publications.
Dr. Grota has succeeded in being recognized nationally in the field of infection prevention best evidenced in her responsibilities as invited clinical Editor-In-Chief of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) TEXT (2014), the primary reference text used internationally by professionals in infection prevention and control. She has chaired the APIC Text On-line (ATO) project moving the reference text from hard copy to an electronic version with concurrent chapter updates and international accessibility.
Dr. Grota began teaching in academia in 2011 initially joining Schreiner University (SU), Kerrville, Texas to establish a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. At SU, she was one of four full time nursing faculty teaching the first and second semester nursing students fundamentals, medical surgical nursing, chronic illness, research, health assessment, and pharmacology. She successfully demonstrated her versatility in the science of nursing and expertise as a teacher in this role for three years encouraging her students to continue their education. Out of 45 students who completed their BSN while Dr. Grota was at SU, several students are pursuing Master degrees with at least three of them already completing their masters in nursing.
In 2015, she was selected to join the UT Health School of Nursing in San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Nursing joining the school in August 2015. In this role, her broad expertise and experience has been acknowledged and utilized to teach all levels of nursing from chairing DNP committees to teaching undergraduate classes including Leadership and Management, Immersion, Population Health, Research and Evidence Based Practice, and Fundamentals. Dr. Grota`s teaching strategies are underpinned with Kolb`s Experiential Learning Theory which supports the integration of knowledge through reflection and conclusions after a concrete experience leading to new behaviors through active experimentation. She uses the ideas of experimentation and reflection in the classroom, simulation, and clinical. She addresses saliency by facilitating students to make connections between acquiring and using knowledge to determine what is most important and significant in the situation.
Dr. Grota provides infection prevention consultation based on her expertise. For example, she consulted with UT Health Cancer Treatment Center to improve hand hygiene programming and disinfection sterilization practices conducting a comprehensive risk assessment which resulted in the hiring of their first full time infection preventionist. Her affiliation with the cancer treatment center has continued as con-investigator of a hand hygiene patient empowerment study.
Dr. Grota is developing a national reputation as an implementation science researcher. APIC awarded her the 2011 APIC New Investigator of the Year for her dissertation study and UT Health San Antonio recognized her research accomplishments with the 2016 UT Health San Antonio Presidential ?Distinguished Junior Research Scholar" award. She is currently primary investigator on two current implementation science studies, both in the area of infection prevention. She is currently developing a theoretical framework for attributes of a facilitator in implementation science and plans to integrate it into the DNP curriculum. In addition, she is co-director on a Texas Higher Education simulation grant (2018-2019) targeted to build simulation and skills lab capacity using an innovative strategy, as well as the founder and first chair of the Simulation and Innovation Committee, a new standing committee in the school of nursing purposed to integrate simulation into curriculum through faculty leadership. She is certified as a simulation educator by the Healthcare Society of Simulation (CHSE)
Dr. Grota consistently mentors students. She has chaired three DNP committees in her three years at the school of nursing and advised one PhD student in an independent study. She established a hand hygiene educational competency program for undergraduate students who volunteered to learn how to conduct hand hygiene observations for health care facilities. She also meets frequently with students who have graduated and need advising on career trajectories in education and practice.
Dr. Grota has been successful improving patient care throughout her career in nursing locally, regionally, and nationally continuing to do so in her position as Assistant Professor of Nursing, UT Health Scho