A highly decorated naval nurse-leader, Patricia Bull is a retired captain of the U.S. Navy, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Formerly the division director of Plans, Analysis, and Evaluation, Captain Bull was stationed in Washington, D.C., until shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks. She is currently the volunteer lead for the Disaster Health Services team of the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross.
Captain Bull attended the University of Rochester as a Navy Nurse Corps candidate and was captain of the swim team. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Nursing in 1974, she joined the Navy and served a two-year post as a staff nurse at the Naval Submarine Medical Center in New London, Connecticut. She spent the next two years as a staff nurse at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois, and the following year served as a charge nurse at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Subic Bay, Philippines. After returning stateside, she pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where she received both her Master of Science in Nursing and her Master of Business Administration degrees in 1981.
She returned to the East Coast the following year to serve as a charge nurse at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Captain Bull was then assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as the patient care training officer in the 2nd Medical Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1986, she moved to the nation’s capital to join the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as a medical planner. Three years later, she was named special assistant for planning at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1993, she became department head of pediatric nursing at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
A loyal supporter of the School of Nursing annual fund, Captain Bull has served as a Phonathon volunteer and as registrar for the San Diego reunion. A devoted Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, she helped set up and staff evacuation centers in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, in San Diego following wild fires, and in El Centro, California, after the Easter earthquake of 2010. A former troop leader for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., she has also served as treasurer of the Senior Women’s Basketball Association.Active in many local veterans’ and military women’s organizations, she is a charter member, officer, and former committee chair of the Navy Nurse Corps Association, which honored her with its 2012 Luisa Power Volunteer Award.
Widely lauded for her military service, Captain Bull is the recipient of three Navy commendation medals. She was also awarded the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the U.S. Navy Meritorious Service Medal. Recognized regionally, she was named the 2011 Healthcare Hero by Grossmont Healthcare District and was just honored as the Volunteer of the Year (2014) by the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross.
She lives in La Mesa, California.