School of Nursing

Valerie Hart EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Professor of Nursing
Valerie Hart EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Office

338 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5748

Credentials, degrees schools attended:

EdD - University of Maine, Orono - Higher Educational Administration

PMHCNS - Psychiatric Mental Health Cinical Nurse Specialist

MS -   Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing- Columbia University
BSN - Boston College

Professional Activities

Reviewer for the following Journals:

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing

Perspectives of Psychiatric Care

Medical Science Monitor Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

Mc Master British Medical Journal

Reviewer- Lippincott's Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans
External Reviewer- Brigham Young University Master's theses
External Reviewer- Randomized Controlled Trials Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Reviewer- Melnyk/Fineout-Overhold. Evidence-Based Practice inn Nursing and Healthcare


Founding member- Peer Consultation Peer Group- Portland, Maine

Community Service and Presentations

October 2012 The Essence of Interprofessional Communication The American College of Nurse Practitioners - Annual Clinical Conference, Toronto, Canada

October 2011 Teaching Evidence-Based Clinical Research Skills: Combining Curiosity & Passion. University's inaugural Converging Science Summit. Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, N.Y.

October 2011  The Art of Listening.  American College of Nurse Practitioner’s Clinical Conference,  Denver, Colorado

May 2011  Patient Communication in Advance Practice. Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference Newton, MA.

October 2010 Advanced communication skills for Nurse Practitioners. American College of Nurse Practitioners Annual Clinical Conference, Tampa, Florida

November 2009 Difficult Conversations With Patients.Stephens Memorial Hospital Skills Workshop, Madison, Maine.

October 2009 Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring. American College of Nurse Practitioners Annual Clinical Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

March 2009 Daylong Workshop-Parenting Young Adults: What Empty Nest? University of Southern Maine Center for Continuing Education, Portland, Maine.

February 2009 What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Martins Point Group Medical Visit program

November 2008 Parenting Young Adults. The Wellness Expo, Portland, Maine

Research Interests

Communications practice for the Advanced Practice nurses; The role of the Nurse Psychotherapist; Evidence-Based clinical practice; Women’s mental health issues including: post partum depression; the balance of work and personal life; mother-daughter relationships, Parenting the adult child; co-authored a chapter on psychiatric/mental health differential diagnosis and served as editorial advisor for CE Today for Nurse Practitioners and on a 6 part multimedia course on depression. My most recent work Patient-Provider Communications: Caring to Listen is the first textbook specifically written for Advanced Practice nurses in the field of patient communication.

Recent Publications

Powers, C. & Hart, V. (2012) The Concept of The Will to Thrive in Mental Health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (11) 25-27.

Hart, V. (2010) Text Messaging: The Antithesis of Interpersonal Relating, Guest Editorial. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 48 (12).

Hart, V. (2010) Patient-Provider Communications: Caring to Listen. Boston: Jones & Bartlett. 

Hart,V. & Hentz, P. (2011) Psychiatric/Mental Health- in Advanced Assessment: Interpreting findings and formulating differential diagnoses. Goolsby,M. & Grubbs, L. (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company

Hart, V. (2007- 2009) Case in Review: Do You Recognize These Patients? Multimedia format. CE-Today for Nurse Practitioners.

Hart, V. (2007- 2009) Depression: When and How to Treat a Debilitating Disease.
CE-Today for Nurse Practitioners. .Online

Hart, V.& Balkon, N. (2007- 2009) He’s Not That Into This: Recognizing Depression in Men and Other Atypical Patients. Audio Interview, and transcript. CE-Today for Nurse Practitioners. Online

Hart.V.
& Hentz, P. (2006) Interpreting findings and formulating differential diagnoses. Goolsby,M. & Grubbs, L. (Ed.), Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company

 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

For 2012-2013, the USM School of Nursing had the largest number of first-time test takers of the NCLEX-RN exam, a licensing exam for US nurses, in the state of Maine. The group of 154 accounted for over 20% of first-time candidates and had a pass rate of 89.61% - surpassing the state average of 82.52% and national average of 84.3%.