Pat Green­street, BSN, JD, RN has been a leader in nursing throughout her career. After gradu­ating cum laude with a baccalau­reate degree in nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington in 1975, Pat worked at Children’s Hospital, quickly working her way up to a head nurse position. She felt her desire to make a differ­ence for patients was somewhat limited in that role, and decided to enter law school to work towards systemic changes in health care. Pat gradu­ated from the Univer­sity of Washington School of Law in 1984 and ever since, her career has been one of advocacy and empow­er­ment for patients. In 1985, Pat was promoted to the position of partner at the law firm of Chemnick and Moen.

As a lawyer and a nurse, Pat is uniquely able to fight for the rights of the patients she repre­sents. Many of her clients are newborns who have been injured during birth.

Pat’s work allows those children and their families to achieve their best poten­tial, despite the harm they have suffered.

Pat has been a tireless advocate for the needs of the under­served and of women throughout her career. She served on the Seattle Women’s Commission’s Coali­tion on Compa­rable Worth, fighting for equal pay for equal work for women. Pat made a lasting impact as an environ­mental health advocate through the devel­op­ment of written and audio­vi­sual consumer educa­tion materials about reusable versus dispos­able diapering materials.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Pat has also volun­teered her services to provide legal aide to those in need. She worked with the Seattle City Attorney’s office on the Battered Women’s Project serving as an advocate to victims of domestic violence. Pat also worked as a volun­teer attorney repre­senting indigent disabled persons in Social Security cases through Catholic Commu­nity Services.

Pat founded the popular Nurses Law School as a joint project between King County Nurses Associ­a­tion and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Associ­a­tion. The event is held statewide every two years since 1992 in both Seattle and Spokane and attracts hundreds of nurses each time it is held. For many years, Pat was the chair of the Nurses’ Law School, an on-going educa­tional event that informs nurses about legal issues affecting their practice.

With a license to practice both nursing and law, Pat is active in several profes­sional organi­za­tions including Sigma Theta Tau, the American Associ­a­tion of Nurse Attor­neys, American Bar Associ­a­tion, Washington State Bar Associ­a­tion, and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Associ­a­tion. Since 1984, Pat has been an active member of both King County Nurses Associ­a­tion and the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion. She served on the Govern­mental Affairs Committee and the Board of Direc­tors as well as Presi­dent of the King County Nurses Associ­a­tion. In addition, Pat repre­sented WSNA on the Task for on Health Care Reform in 1992 – 93 and the Medical Malprac­tice Review Committee in 1993 – 94. She was also a member of the Legisla­tive Committee and a trustee of the Washington State Nurses Founda­tion at WSNA.

Pat is generous in sharing her exper­tise with others. She is in demand at many nursing schools, and currently is Clinical Assis­tant Professor at Seattle Univer­sity and at the Univer­sity of Washington Bothell campus. She also presents at both legal and nursing seminars.

Pat has been recog­nized for her achieve­ments by both the nursing and the legal profes­sions. Seattle Magazine listed Pat as one of the top lawyers of 2005. The Washington Trial Lawyers Associ­a­tion presented her with the Special President’s Recog­ni­tion Award in 1994. That same year, she was awarded the KCNA President’s Award and in 1988 was recog­nized by KCNA as Nurse of the Year. Pat was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the Inter­na­tional Nursing Honor Society upon gradu­a­tion from her nursing program.

Pat has been a pioneer in blending the profes­sions of nursing and law. She points to the training she received and her under­standing of the nursing process as the founda­tion of her law practice. Her many presen­ta­tions to nursing students, continued commu­nity involve­ment, and dedica­tion to bringing justice to the under­served have influ­enced and will continue to influ­ence gener­a­tions of nurses to come.