Paddy has been involved in the nursing field since 1968. She received a diploma certificate in registered nursing in 1975 from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio. She received both her BSN (1993) and MN (1996) degrees from the University of Phoenix. She completed additional postgraduate work at Loma Linda University School of Nursing in the Adult and Aging Family Clinical Nurse Specialist Program (2000) as well as one year in a Nursing Research PhD program at Walden University (2015). She has worked in medical-surgical nursing, critical care, home health care nursing, and rehabilitation nursing as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse clinician, and clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 1990. She has practiced as a rehabilitation CNS in the state of California since 1996.
She has taught many rehabilitation nursing courses and participated as a chapter author in both the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculums and AANN's Comprehensive Review for Stroke Nursing. She has won awards for her work as an advance practice nurse and has been involved in both the California Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses at the national and chapter levels.