Patricia Blissitt, RN, PhD, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC

Patricia Blissitt, RN, PhD, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


My major research interest is intracranial dynamics (for example, intracranial pressure and cerebral blood flow) and the critically ill neuroscience patient. I am not currently conducting any research. However, I have two potential research proposals that could be moved forward with some assistance from a graduate student. The research involves 1) comparing two different methods for zeroing a cerebrospinal fluid drainage system and 2) the incidence of infection associated with management of cerebrospinal fluid drainage systems when the system is routinely changed versus not routinely changed. My previous research has focused on cerebral blood vessel spasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. I also have an interest in evidence based practice and patient falls.


At the UWSON, I teach Health Assessment Skills and lecture on Neurologic Assessment, Syncope and Vertigo, Seizures and Epilepsy, and the Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have previously lectured on Stroke at the UWSON. I am currently the full time Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at Harborview Medical Center and the part time Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill. I teach and facilitate a number of neuroscience and critical care nursing related courses and classes at Harborview Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center several times a year. I author a number of clinical procedures.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am currently the Editor for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) Clinical Practice Guidelines; I facilitate and lecture in the annual Certification in Neuroscience Nursing Review Course for the local chapter of AANN. I am currently the President of the Mountain to Sound Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and a member of the Education Committee. I facilitate the monthly meeting of the Harborview Brain Aneurysm Support Group and once or twice a month, I facilitate the Harborview Brain Injury Support Group for families of neurologic patients at Harborview. I am a frequent reviewer of nursing journals on a number of neuroscience topics. I precept graduate students from UWSON and SPU in the clinical setting as well. My work for the UWSON is volunteer.

Current Publications

  • Blissitt, P.A. (2012). Controversies in the Management of Adults with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. AACN Advanced Critical Care. 23(2): 186-203.
  • Blissitt, P.A. (2008). The critically ill patient with stroke. In K. Carlson (ed.)(ed.) AACN’s Textbook of Critical Care Nursing. 1st ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier. pp. 576-636.
  • Kofke, W.A., Blissitt, P.A., Rao,H, Wang, J, Rao, H, et al. (2007). Remifentanil-Induced Cerebral Blood Flow Effects in Normal Humans: Dose and ApoE Genotype Effects. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 105(1), 167-175.
  • Blissitt, P.A. (2006).Hemodynamic monitoring in the critically ill neuroscience patient. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 17(3), 327-340.
  • Blissitt, P.A., Mitchell, P.H., Newell, D.W., Woods, S.L., & Belza, B. (2006) The effect of head of bed elevation on cerebrovascular dynamics in mild or moderate vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. American Journal of Critical Care,15(2), 206 –216.
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