G. Elaine Patterson Ed.D., Ed.M, MA, FNP-C. RNC-C., is a. Professor of Nursing at Ramapo College – Nursing Programs. Dr. Patterson received a Masters degree in Nursing from New York University, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education from Columbia University and Advance Practice Nursing-Family Health from Long Island University. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate Programs in the school of Nursing. Dr. Patterson’s clinical expertise is in the area of maternal child health and high-risk perinatal nursing. She has participated in international work addressing issues of maternal to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS. She also has an interest in health issues affecting minority populations hence her research in pregnant substance using women. She has received numerous awards nationally and internationally for excellence in teaching. She is regarded as an expert in curriculum development especially in the area of Masters in Nursing Education. She has authored several articles and numerous abstracts and has presented nationally and internationally on technology in nursing education. She serves on several national and international nursing committees. She was a consultant to the NLN COE program, a member of the NLN diversity committee, a member of the NLN International Nurses Education Services and Accreditation committee, and she also served on the board of trustees of the Health Research Educational Trust of the New Jersey Hospital Association. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing. For the past 5 years Dr Patterson has visited the West African country of Sierra Leone to work with University of Sierra Leone nursing faculty and students as they transition from a diploma school of nursing to a baccalaureate and Masters in Nursing. She is currently working with the nursing program of Ghana's Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology as they advance their nursing programs.