Title: Director of Surgery
Company: Alvarado Hospital
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Patricia Coates, Former Director of Surgery at Alvarado Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in surgical nursing.
With more than 45 years of professional experience, Ms. Coates was director of surgery at Alvarado Hospital from 2002 to 2005. Prior to obtaining this role, she was director of inpatient surgery at John C. Lincoln Hospital from 1987 to 2001, and director of nursing surgery at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center from 1984 to 1987. Earlier in her career, she held a number of positions with Mercy Hospital, including charge nurse of surgery from 1975 to 1984, a surgical nurse from 1967 to 1975, intensive care unit nurse from 1963 to 1967, and floor nurse from 1958 to 1963.
Ms. Coates began her career as a student at Mercy Hospital, where she obtained a diploma in 1958. She later continued her studies with Drake University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1980. She is certified as an operating room nurse and she is a registered nurse in the states of California, Arizona, Florida, and Iowa. Ms. Coates did not know that she wanted to be a nurse until she had her appendix out when she was sixteen; she wanted to be an archaeologist before that. Ms. Coates started out as a nurse’s assistant and then she pursued nursing. She knew that she had found her niche. Ms. Coates decided to go further in her nursing career because of the nuns that trained her at Mercy Hospital. They motivated her to continue her training and helping others.
A leading voice in her areas of interest, Ms. Coates is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. She is also a retired Colonel from the Air National Guard. She has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Nursing. When Ms. Coates worked at John C. Lincoln Hospital, the operating room was being renovated for a time. Surgeries continued, and the hospital did not skip a beat. Ms. Coates attributes this to the head of nurses who worked with her.
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