Detailed Information for Patti Hamilton

Patti Hamilton RN, PhD 
Nursing, Wilson School of
 » Professor
Office Location
Moffett Library 310
Office Hours

Voice: (940) 397-4548

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My interest is definitely in research.  I have had two NIH-funded research projects as well as a number of projects funded by professional groups and universities.
My current interest is in learning why risk for mortality increases at night and on weekends in hospitals.

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Spring 2013 4123  X 22  Interdisciplinary Data Analysis     Bridwell Hall 
Details Spring 2013 3503  X 21 and X22  Interdisciplinary Research    Bridwell Hall 

Online Only

Details Spring 2012 NURS 4403  X20  Special Topics    Bridwell Hall NA

 Entirely online course.

45 hours minimum hours logged (average 3 hours/week)

Details Spring 2011 Nursing 5023  X20  Research in Nursing    Bridwell Hall TBD

Entirely online

Face to face meetings as requested.

Details Fall 2010 N5023  X10 and X11  Research in Nursing    Bridwell Hall 109/110

 Online entirely.

Face to Face assistance offered Friday 5-6pm  for X11 and

Friday 6-7pm  for X10

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
Texas Woman's University MS in Nursing Aug 13 1977 12:00AM 
Texas Woman's University PhD Aug 13 1988 12:00AM 
Texas Woman's University BS in Nursing May 10 1969 12:00AM 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Texas Woman's University  Director of Research and Professor of Nursing  1988-08-15  2008-08-14
 Midwestern State University  Dean, Graduate Studies  2008-08-15  
 MSU  Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services  September 1, 2011  

Research and Publications

Eschiti, V, Hamilton, P. Off-Peak Nurse Staffing:  Critical Care Nurses Speak. Accepted for publication Jan/Feb, 2011.

Hamilton, P.; Johnson, R. Measuring Institutional effectiveness by appraising master’s theses: pitfalls and potential. Accepted by  Teaching in Higher Education. 

Hamilton, P.; Mathur, S.; Gemeinhardt, G.; Eschiti, V.; Campbell, M. Expanding what we know about off-peak hospital mortality.  Journal of Nursing Administration, March 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - pp 124-128.

McBride, S.; Hamilton, P.; Alexander, J. The effect of patient and hospital characteristics on the success of induced labor. Under review by Birth

Greene Jackson D, Hamilton P, Hutchinson S, Huber J. (2009) The effect of patients' race on provider treatment choices in coronary care: a literature review for model development. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice. Feb; 10(1):40-63.
 Sportsman, S. & Hamilton, P (2007) Conflict Management Styles in the Health Professions. Journal of Professional Nursing, 2007 May-Jun; 23 (3): 157-66.

Hamilton P; Eschiti VS; Hernandez K; Neill D (2007) Differences between weekend and weekday nurse work environments and patient outcomes. A focus group approach to model testing. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, Oct-Dec; 21 (4): 331-41.
Hamilton, P.; Gemeinhardt, G. ; Mancuso, P. ; Sahlin, C.; Ivy, L.  SBAR and Nurse-Physician Communication: Pilot Testing an Educational Intervention Nursing Administration Quarterly. 30(3):295-299, July/September 2006.
Hamilton, P., & Restrepo, E. (2006).  Socio-demographic factors associated with weekend birth and increased risk of neonatal mortality. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 35(2), 208-214.

Restrepo, E., & Hamilton, P. (2005).  The role of hospital birth volume in increased neonatal mortality among weekend births in Texas. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 105(4 Suppl), 59S.

Hamilton, P., & Restrepo, E. (2003).  Weekend birth and high neonatal mortality:  A problem of patient acuity or quality of care?  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 32(6), 724-733.
P. Allegrini, V. Benci, P. Grigolini, P. Hamilton, M. Ignaccolo, G. Menconi, L. Palatella, G. Raffaelli, Nicola Scafetta, M. Virgilio, J. Yang, “Compression and Diffusion: A Joint Approach to Detect Complexity,” Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 15 (3), 517-535 (2003).

Allegrini, P., Grigolini, P., Hamilton, P., Palatella, L., & Raffaelli, G. (2002). Memory beyond memory in heart beating: An efficient way to detect pathological conditions. Physical Review, 65(4), 041926.

Scafetta, N., Hamilton, P.,  & Grigolini, P. (2001) The thermodynamics of social processes: The teen birth phenomenon. Fractals, 9(2), 193-208.

West, B. J., Hamilton, P., & West, D. J. (2000). Random fractal time series and teen-birth phenomenon.  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, 4(1), 87-111.

Hamilton, P., & West, B. (2000). Nonlinear dynamics in births to teens in Texas. Interjournal of Complex Systems. Article 414. 

West, B. J., Hamilton, P., & West D. J. (1999). Fractal scaling of the teen birth phenomenon. Fractals, 7(2), 113-122.

Hamilton, P., Pollock, J. E., Mitchell, D. F., West, B. J., & Vicenzi, A. E. (1997). The application of nonlinear dynamics in nursing. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences,1(4), 237-262.

Henderson J. S., Hamilton P., & Vicenzi, A. E. (1995). Chaos theory in nursing publications: Retrospective and prospective views. Complexity and Chaos in Nursing, 2(l), 36-40.

Hamilton, P., West, B. J., Cherri, M., Mackey, H. J., & Fisher, P. (1994). Preliminary evidence of nonlinear dynamics in births to teens in Texas 1964-1990. Theoretic and Applied Chaos in Nursing,1(1), 15-22.

Jacobson, A. F., Hamilton, P., & Galloway, J. (1993). Obtaining and evaluating data sets for secondary analysis in nursing research. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 
15(4) 483-494.

Hamilton, P. A., & Keyser, P. K. (1992).The relationship of ideology to developing community health nursing theory. Public Health Nursing. 9(3): 142-8.

Hamilton, P. (1991). Theoretical and methodological considerations for research in 
community health nursing. In Proceedings of the Spring Institute (1990) for the 
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Vicenzi, A. & Hamilton, P. (1991). Concerning partnerships between theoretical physics, 
mathematics and community health nursing. In Proceedings from the Spring 
Institute (1990) for the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators. 

Van Cleaf, D., Young, A., & Hamilton, P. (1990). The educational role of the school 
nurse: Perceptions of school nurses and teachers. School Nurse, 6(4), 8-10.

Vicenzi, A., & Hamilton, P. (1990). Chaos, fractals, and strange attractors:  Transdisciplinary concepts in nursing’s future.  Notes on Nursing Science, 3, 3-4.

Hamilton, P. (1990). Contracting for school health services. School Nurse, 8-10.

Hamilton, P. A., & Bush, H. A. (1988). Theory development in community health nursing.  Scholarly inquiry in nursing: An international journal, 2(2), 145-60.

VanCleaf, D.; Hamilton,P. (1988) Taking Heart in Hand. Science and Children, v25 n5 p30-31 Feb 1988.

Hamilton, P. (1983).  Community nursing diagnosis.  Advances in Nursing Science, 5(3), 21-35.

Non-Refereed Publications or Other Creative Achievements

Hamilton, P. & West, B. (2000). [Review of software:  Chaos data analyzer: Professional version].  Nonlinear dynamics psychology and life sciences, 4(2), 195-199.

Hamilton, P., & West, B. (1999). Scaling of complex social phenomena such as births to teens: Implications for public policy. In E. Elliott & D. Kiel (Eds.), Nonlinear dynamics and public policy (pp.97-111). NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hamilton, P., & West, B. (1999). Applicación de la dinámica no lineal en salud y 
assistencia sanitaria.  Humana (Tema Central no 2).  Manuscript invited by 
Spanish Medical Society.

Dooley, K., Hamilton, P., Cherri, West B., & Fisher, P. (1997). Chaotic behavior in society: Adolescent childbearing in Texas 1964-1990. In R. A. Eve, S. Horsefall, & M. E. Lee (Eds.), Chaos, complexity and sociology (pp.243-268). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hamilton, P. (1996). Considering time in theory and research.  In M. Beard (Ed.), Theory construction and testing (pp.174-183).  Lisle, IL: Tucker Publishing.

Hamilton, P., West B. J., Mackey, H. J., Cherri, M., & Fisher, P. (1994).  Evidence of nonlinear dynamics in teen births in Texas: 1964-1990.  In P. Chinn (Ed.), Advances in methods of inquiry for nursing (pp.160-176). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers.

Hamilton P. (1992). Research priorities for Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (Ed.), Monograph of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Hamilton, P. (1991). Community nursing diagnosis. In K. Saucier (Ed.). Perspectives in family and community health. St. Louis: Mosby.

Hamilton, P. & Bush, H. (1991). Theory development in community health nursing. In K. Saucier (Ed.). Perspectives in family and community health. St. Louis: Mosby.

Hamilton, P. (1995-87). Monograph of Nursing Papers (Ed.). Delta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Hamilton, P. (1997). [Review of the book The Lure of Modem Science]. Chaos and complexity in nursing, 3(2), 49. 

Hamilton, P. (1995). [Review of the book Chaos and Fractals: New frontiers of science]. Chaos and complexity in nursing, 2(1), 43-44.

Hamilton, P. (author), & Behavioral Measurement database services (producer). (1993). Community Health Nursing Ideology Instrument [Research Instrument].  Available from Health and Pychosocial Intstruments (HAPI) online database, Pittsburg, PA.

Hamilton, P. (1987). Childbirth Education: A consumerist perspective. A self-study module. (Solicited and published by NAACOG).

Hamilton, P., Barbato, L., Hawley, L., Patrick, N., & Purim S. (1985). Decision making in community health nursing. Boston: Little Brown.

Hamilton, P. (1981). Health care consumerism. St. Louis: CV Mosby.

Hamilton, P., Campbell, M. (2011) Advances in Nursing ScienceKnowledge for re-forming nursing's future:  standpoint makes a difference.  Vol 34, 4.  (in press).


Marshall, J., Edmonson, C., Gemeinhardt, G., Hamilton, P. Balancinginterests of hospitals and nurse researchers:Lessons learned.Applied Nursing Research. (


Sportsman, S., Shoemaker, R., Hamilton, P. (2011) Evaluating the impact of scenario-based high-fidelity patient simulation on academic metrics of student success. July/August Vol 32. No.4. 45-51.


Hamilton, P. & Passos, N. (2011) Accountability for Quality in Higher Education. Published Proceedings of WORLDCOMP11 (World Academy of Science). Las Vegas, July 17, 2011.