Executive Nurse Leader Program

Alumni Spotlight

2008 USD Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) graduate

Patrick Amersbach
Patrick Amersbach

Patrick earned his BSN in 1994 from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently a Navy Nurse Corps Commander assigned to the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, California. "The management of any unit, clinic, or organization requires formal education and experience. USD provided me that formal education and foundation assisting me in the successful completion of my responsibilities."

Prior to attending USD he performed duties as a staff nurse in the inpatient Medical/ Surgical and Intensive Care area before being selected to leadership roles within Navy Medicine. As the unit manager for both inpatient and outpatient clinics he developed an appreciation for the challenges associated with the personnel, budgetary, quality, and regulatory requirements that are instrumental features of those positions. Patrick has also had opportunities to provide direct care at various locations around the world and in some very unique situations. For example, Patrick was the medical liaison to the community and governmental hospitals in Bahrain, a member of a humanitarian mission off the coast of Yemen, and the Officer In Charge of an Evacuation Platoon and a casualty evacuation nurse while deployed to the Anbar Providence in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Patrick enjoys the diversity the nursing profession offers, shares his knowledge and experiences with military nurses and students. He previously was a clinical instructor for Southwestern College and more recently California State University, San Marcos. Earning his graduate degree at USD has assisted him applying his academic learnings to his day-to-day tasks. "I'm proud to be a graduate of USD and truly appreciated the quality of the facility, staff, and the professional level of the students that I was honored to study with." "I honestly was so impressed with the quality of the education at USD that I encouraged my wife Grace (Angus-Amersbach) to choose USD over any other program available in Southern California."

Patrick currently is the Director of Branch Clinics for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where he leads a multidisciplinary staff of military and civilian professionals at ten branch clinics as they deliver quality health care and medical services to eligible beneficiaries. As a member of the organization's Executive Steering and Quality Management committee he has been instrumental improving quality, safety, and efficiency within the organization including the implementation of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home Model of Care at the branch clinics. He stated "it's the most challenging opportunity of my professional career, but I look forward to getting to work every day and seeing how well we are taking care of our patients, our Sailors and Marines". Patrick is also a graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.