Patricia Frohock Hanes, PhD, MAEd, RN, CNE

Phone: (626) 815-5052
Office Location: Building One, #342
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Patricia “Trish” Hanes, PhD, has been with APU’s School of Nursing since 1992. She has been a registered nurse since 1974 and has clinical expertise in critical care nursing and emergency nursing, with additional experience in triage and prehospital care. She has an interest in face-to-face and online curriculum development, program planning, and mentoring, and as a longtime lead teacher of the writing intensive course in the major, she is committed to fostering better student writing and research. Her research interests include adult education, cognition, mentoring, and teaching/facilitative strategies, and she has presented her scholarship in numerous international, national, and regional venues. Hanes’ dissertation involved researching a new construct, composite cognition, as it relates to the teaching/training of military combat nurses. Hanes is a past moderator of the APU Faculty Senate, and is president of the California League for Nursing, an ambassador for the National League for Nursing, and vice president of the Independent California College and University Faculty Association.


  • PhD, Nursing, University of San Diego
  • MAEd, Adult Education and Distance Learning, University of Phoenix
  • MSN, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, Psychology, California State University, Northridge
  • ASN, University of Evansville, Indiana


  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • California RN license
  • Basic Life Support Certification, Healthcare Provider
  • ACLS Instructor, American Heart Association
  • BLS Instructor, American Heart Association
  • Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Basic and Advanced First Aid Instructor, American Red Cross
  • Certified Critical Care Nurse

Academic Areas

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs
    • Graduate Programs


  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Faculty Governance and Leadership
  • Nursing Education, Adult Education, and Distance Learning
  • Program and Curriculum Development (Traditional, Adult, Second Career, Graduate, Face to Face, Distance)

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 574 – Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • GNRS 660 – Theories of Teaching and Instruction
  • GNRS 663 – Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education
  • LDRS 520 – Understanding Vocation in a Changing World
  • RNRS 303 – Adult Development and Academic Writing
  • RNRS 307 – Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing
  • UNRS 105 – Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • UNRS 270 – Theories and Concepts in Professional Nursing
  • UNRS 306 – Theoretical Frameworks for Nursing

Office Hours

Additional appointments are available by request.

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