NFNE Board of Governor

NFNE Chair
Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, ACRN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Provost & Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs at Arizona College

F. Patrick Robinson is the Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs at Arizona College. He has served in academic nursing leadership positions for the past 20 years. Dr. Robinson has a distinguished record of leadership and service to the global HIV/AIDS care community. He is a certified AIDS nurse specialist has been awarded the Certified Nurse of the year by the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. An awarding educator, he is also a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing (NLN). The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care awarded him both the Frank Lamendola Memorial Award for exemplary leadership in HIV/AIDS care and its Life Time Achievement Award. Indiana University School of Nursing named him a distinguished alumnus and honored him at its centennial anniversary as one of the top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders. Dr. Robinson is a fellow of the American Academy of nursing (FAAN) where he is the former chair of the LGBTQ Health Expert Panel. He currently serves on the nursing advisory board of Partners in Health, a global health capacity-building organization rooted in social justice. Other current advisory board appointments include Assessment Technologies Institute, Nurse Tim Inc., and Sentinel University. An active scholar, Dr. Robinson writes and presents frequently on innovative teaching/learning practices, curriculum evolution, and academic entrepreneurship.


NFNE Secretary
Edmund J. Y. Pajarillo, PhD, RN-BC, CPHQ, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Department of Graduate Studies in Nursing, College of Nursing and Public Health, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

Edmund Pajarillo is an innovative educator, triggered by his passion for informatics as a motivator for change and enhancing nurses’ roles and responsibilities. He conducts usability studies on applications and innovative technologies before adoption in education and practice. He also spearheaded the first equitable, targeted and structured onboarding (ETS Onboarding) program for graduate nursing students meant to level the playing field among incoming students, as well as enhance their learning and program success and retention. This program is now being replicated in several schools in the country. He has many years of experience in the healthcare industry from staff nurse to Chief Nurse Executive prior to joining academia. He has held administrative positions as associate dean, department chair of a graduate program, and director of a master in nursing education and administration programs. He has been active in local, regional and national nursing organizations and is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Nurses Association – New York (JANANY), a peer-reviewed, academic journal that has local and global reach. Dr. Pajarillo collaborates with other researchers nationally and internationally, and serves as consultant to healthcare organizations’ research and EBP initiatives. He regularly holds distance continuing education programs, mostly on how to teach nursing informatics, to Philippine nurses and those from other countries who are interested in honing their informatics teaching skills. He is adept at curriculum planning, development and implementation, and strongly believes that nurse educators have the most influence in veering the direction of nursing in the future.



Michael A. Newsome, CRA
Office of the Vice President for Research Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

Michael Newsome is associate vice president for research at Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BS in business and accounting from Virginia Union University. During his career at VCU, Mr. Newsome has served as manager in grants and contracts accounting, business manager in the School of Nursing and manager in the budget office. Mr. Newsome has served as the public member on the NLN Board of Governors since 2006 and has served as treasurer on multiple occasions. He is a certified research administrator and is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators and is a past president of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools.