Michelle Patch is an Assistant Professor and board-certified adult health clinical nurse specialist in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Patch maintains a clinical practice with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Patient Safety.
Dr. Patch has held progressive clinical, operational, and safety leadership positions in various inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings, including 10 years as the Safety Officer for Johns Hopkins Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine. She also has extensive practical experience in emergency management and disaster response, including former service as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps officer and current COVID efforts with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Unified Command Center.

She is a Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) instructor, a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, and lectures internationally on safety-related topics. Her scholarly interests include intimate partner violence, assault mechanisms, and workplace violence in health care.

Dr. Patch is an active member of the national Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention’s Medical Advisory Board and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists' Graduate Education Committee, faculty for the Armstrong Institute’s Patient Safety Leadership Academy, and has authored several peer-reviewed publications on violence and safety-related topics.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
  • Health Policy (Injury Prevention, Intimate Partner Violence, Public Health)
  • Operations, Finance, Health Care System Design
  • Patient and Staff Safety, Team Training