Dr. Patty Schweickert, FNP-BC, DNP received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Old Dominion University May 2011, where she was awarded a Graduate Teacher Assistantship by ODU (2010-2011), focusing on Telehealth. She completed her Post Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Degree in 1997 at the University of Virginia, as well as completing her Master’s in Critical Care Nursing at the University of Virginia in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1983. Patty began working at the University of Virginia in 1986 in critical care, where she worked as a nurse in the Emergency Department, Burn Center, and as a Nurse Educator for the Department of Neurosurgery before pursuing graduate studies.

Research Focus

Dr. Schweickert is a published researcher on neurovascular topics, including eight articles on percutaneous vertebroplasty. In 2011 she published the results of her stroke tele-education project which resulted in a significant contribution to the field of stroke tele-education. Patty was Program Director of the HealtheCongregations Stroke Tele-education project at the University of Virginia. She serves as program Director for the UVA Telehealth Ostomy Clinic Pilot Project and has been awarded a Venture Grant to conduct the program. In addition to being a published researcher in telehealth stroke education and neuroradiology topics, she is also a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health, and for the CDC’s Journal of Preventing Chronic Disease.

Clinical Focus

Having practiced for the past 15 years in Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Virginia, Patty is a doctorally prepared, nationally-certified, expert clinician in the field of neurovascular nursing, specializing in acute stroke, who provides clinical care and management for neurovascular patients. As an experienced Neuroradiology Nurse Practitioner, she is a member of the Neurovascular Team and part of the Virginia Acute Stroke Telemedicine (VAST) Program.

Teaching Focus

Patty is committed to educating nursing students in telehealth technologies to empower them to contribute to the transformation of healthcare and healthcare delivery. She is an active educator of nurses and healthcare professionals and educates nurses on a regular basis. Patty has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally. She has been an invited guest lecturer to local, state, national, and global conferences regarding the use of telemedicine in the delivery of nursing care and nurse practitioner telehealth education.


Journal Articles

Schweickert, P. A., Rheuban, K. S., Cattell-Gordon, D., Rose, R., Wiles, L., Reed, K., Reid, K., Fowler, C., Haney, T., & Rutledge, C. (2018). The APN-PLACE telehealth network: Legal and regulatory considerations. Journal of Nursing Regulations, 9(1), 47-51.


Schweickert, P.A., & Rutledge, C.M. (2020). Telehealth Essentials for Advanced Practice Nursing. Slack Incorporated.