School of Nursing

Patricia Thompson Leavitt DNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office Location

326 Masterton Hall


(207) 780-4906

Academic Degrees

  • DNP Program (Enrolled), Simmons College, 2008-Present
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine, 1990
  • B.S. Nursing, Boston College, 1997


Professional Practice

Oncology nursing (RN), Emergency nursing (RN), Nursing administration (MS, RN) Brain injury acute rehabilitation (ANP), Urgent Care (FNP), Pediatric primary care (FNP), Family practice (FNP), Free clinic primary care (FNP)


Research Interests

2012-present: Simmons College DNP Capstone (in process): Improving exercise prescribing in New England free clinic-A quality improvement project implementing exercise prescribing guidelines

1990: USM Master’s Thesis: The Use of Power Strategies by Nurses in Nurse-Physician Interactions

Recent Publications

Leavitt, P. (2002). Managed care mandated coverage in Maine: A grassroots success story. In L.C. Mason (Ed.). St. Louis: Saunders.


May 2013: N.H. North Country Health Consortium Women’s Health Conference Keynote Speaker: Health, Healing and Rural Life: How to improve access to health services and health outcomes for rural and underserved women

Apr 2013: Maine Nurse Practitioner Association Annual Conference: Suturing Workshop

Apr 2012: Maine Nurse Practitioner Association Annual Conference: Country NP Practice

Oct 2011: Simmons College Honors Colloquium: Everything I know about our (sick) healthcare system I've learned from uninsured persons

Nov 2005: People to People Ambassadorship program- Beijing China: Joys and Challenges of a Nurse managed health center for uninsured persons in rural Maine, USA

Professional Activity

Professional Service

2013-present: Nasson Health Center (York County FQHC) - Capital Campaign Committee

2011-present: Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Board   

2008-present: York County District Public Health Council

2003-2006: Dirigo Health Provider Advisory Group, Gubernatorial appointee

1994-present: Maine Nurse Practitioner Association, Past President; Past Chair, Legislative Affairs 

1999: Provided leadership for attainment of Nurse Practitioner reimbursement via grassroots effort (Maine PL 396)

1995-2010: American College of Nurse Practitioners - Past Secretary, Board of Directors  

1995: Led Maine grassroots effort to secure federal Medicare reimbursement for Nurse Practitioners    

1988-1993: Community Health Services Board of Directors - Past President  

Member: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association/ Maine, Sigma Theta Tau-Kappa Zeta Chapter               

Community Service

Founder (2003), volunteer executive director, standing board member and FNP provider at Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center, a multi-disciplinary primary care safety net free clinic located in rural Buxton (Bar Mills), Maine.