Title: Research Nurse
Company: Bloodworks Northwest
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Patricia L. Klotz, research nurse at Bloodworks Northwest, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Healthcare Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical trials and neurologic trauma.
With 40 years of experience to her credit, Ms. Klotz has excelled as a research nurse at Bloodworks Northwest since 2021. In her role, she is responsible for managing clinical trials from conception through development, integration, and conclusion. Her primary duties include dealing with healthy volunteers who are willing to participate in research trials.
Ms. Klotz garnered a stellar reputation as a trauma nurse as the research nurse supervisor at the University of Washington School of Medicine from 1998 to 2021, at which time she retired from the position. In that role, she managed research trials related to trauma care, particularly in the field of neurotrauma, neurologic injury, or traumatic injury. She was heavily involved in regulatory work and ensuring that all federal regulations governing research in the United States were followed. She communicated with patients, families, physicians, and other staff, and was responsible for collecting and analyzing data.
Before embarking on her professional path, Ms. Klotz pursued an education at Wilkes University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1980. She continued her academic efforts at Cedar Crest College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1986. Beyond her responsibilities within the field, she has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. She volunteered with Stop the Bleed. Additionally, she has been involved in a head and spinal cord injury program for elementary, middle, and high school students, where she teaches them about the brain and spine and the importance of protecting them.
In light of her impressive undertakings, Ms. Klotz has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She received several awards, including the Excellence in Care in Head Injury and Basic Trauma Care Award, the Nightingale Award for Trauma Care, the Exemplifying Excellence Award from the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, the Friends of Nursing Trauma Award, and the Peer Reward and Recognition Award from Lehigh Valley Health Network in 1991 and 1992.
Ms. Klotz credits her success to her constant pursuit of excellence and upbringing. Her current work at Bloodworks Northwest is rewarding but demanding. She looks forward to partially retiring in three to six years, allowing her to enjoy more of her senior years by traveling, visiting family, and volunteering.
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