Established in 2013, the Humanitarian Award honors an alumnus whose work as a practitioner, administrator, volunteer, or researcher has had a profound impact on those most in need.
A retired United States Navy nurse, Captain Patricia Bull has spent both her career and her retirement devoted to helping others. During her early years of military service, she gave hands-on care as a staff nurse and charge nurse in various U.S. Navy hospitals. After earning her M.S. and M.B.A., she moved into leadership roles, training others in patient care, providing medical planning strategies for our sailors and veterans, and leading pediatric nurses. Awarded three Navy commendation medals, she has also made significant humanitarian contributions through her volunteer work with the American Red Cross. As a Disaster Services volunteer, she has helped set up and staff evacuation centers for victims of Hurricane Katrina, West Coast wildfires, and the California Easter earthquake in 2010. Widely recognized for her extensive volunteer work, she has received awards from the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, Grossmont Healthcare District, and the Navy Nurse Corps Association. We at the School of Nursing are tremendously proud of Captain Bull for using her nursing skills to bring better health to our service men and women and for providing essential, emergency relief to victims wherever she is needed.