Patricia

Patricia
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Patricia W. Fischer is romance author, journalist, and retired pediatric/adult critical care nurse who’s made her homes in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Missouri. After having a fantastic time at The University of Texas (hook ’em!), she decided actually attending class would help her reach her long-term goals faster. She buckled down and in eight years earned a Licensed Vocational Nurse certification, then an Associate’s in Nursing, and finally, a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism. During that time, Patricia worked in multiple fields of nursing, including medical/surgical, recovery room, orthopedics, telemetry (ICU step down), and critical care before she settled into the unpredictability of the emergency room. For five years, she worked in a general ER before she ended up at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. She retired from nursing in 2002 and started writing full-time. She has written for many publications, including iVillage, Hot Mom’s Club, Modern Mom, Dallas Child, American Journal of Nursing, The Writer’s Edge, Nursing Spectrum, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. For the past two years, she’s had a monthly book picks segment on San Antonio Living, a local morning show on WOAI. She’s a member of the San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA).

Tackling Bullying Through Film

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It’s More Than Graduation

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“I’m So Glad We Took This Class”: In Honor of National Foster Care Month

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The Talk

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These Fabulous Reads for Parents and Kids

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It’s Just a Virus

Disclaimer: The following blog post is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may...

Put Your Hand Down and Get In the Picture

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The Holiday “Talk”

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adoption

How Do You Love Them?

When my husband and I decided to adopt, we anticipated the child we’d be matched with would need time to adjust to our family. He/she would need time to trust us, to bond with us,...

Resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

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Advocating for Your Child When No One Will Listen

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Five Myths About Foster Care

In May 2012, I received two amazing phone calls. The first came from my publisher. I’d sold my first full-length romance novel, Weighting for Mr. Right. (Yes, thank you, thank you. Kiss, kiss. Hug, hug.) The...

Five Things to do When Someone Else’s Life Goes South

It’s a new year, and everyone is figuring out how to be better. Better eating, exercise, less cursing, less chocolate…blah, blah, blah. (Seriously, less chocolate? Why?) All are great plans, and I truly wish everyone...

Friendship, Cancer, & Dr. McDreamy

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