2013-14 Catalogs

Nursing Overview

Director of Nursing: Krista Meinersmann

Coordinator of Graduate Nursing Program: Marjorie Thomas Lawson (until Jun 30, 2013) Cheryl Sarton (after July 1, 2013)

Coordinator of Undergraduate Nursing Programs: Elizabeth Elliott

Faculty in Nursing

Professors: Harris, Spross; Associate Professors: Farmer, Fournier, Hart, Johnson, Meinersmann, Moody, Peake-Godin, Sepples; Assistant Professors: Baugh, Fackler, Randall (Carla), Samia, Sarton; Instructors: Caton-Lemos, Dvorak, Elliott, Martin, Randall (Cynthia) ; Lecturers: Goldenberg, Komisarjevsky, Larsen; Professor Emerita: Childs; Associate Professors Emeritae: Burson, Healy, Keith, MacPherson, Normandeau, Rodgers, Tiffany, Tukey, Vines, Woods Smith; Assistant Professor Emerita: Nealand

The School of Nursing (SON) offers programs leading to a bachelor of science with a major in nursing, a master of science with a major in nursing and a doctor of nursing practice,  In addition, it offers a minor in holistic and integrative health and certificates in nursing education and holistic health. Special study options are available for registered nurses seeking to attain a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing and for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another field who are interested in a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing. The nursing programs are approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master's programs at USM are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202 )887-6791.

Philosophy of the School of Nursing

The philosophy of the School of Nursing (SON) is consistent with the mission of the University of Southern Maine. The philosophy of the School of Nursing is built on the concept of community. This community of scholarship creates an environment for reflective learning, faculty and student interactions, and partnering with persons of diverse backgrounds. The faculty are committed to facilitating progress toward current national health care goals and initiatives. The faculty believe in fostering the health of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. The faculty believe that nursing practice should occur within a holistic, nurturing, and health promotion framework. The faculty believe in providing education through a model that emphasizes critical thinking, articulate communication, and understanding interdisciplinary care strategies within changing economic and health care systems. The faculty support professional value development and value-based practice that include caring, ethics, social justice, and personal and community empowerment. Our philosophy supports multiple ways of knowing, emphasizes reflective evidence-based nursing practice, and promotes lifelong learning.

The programs of the School of Nursing are subject to change at any time without notice in advance. For more information on the SON visit the Web site at http://usm.maine.edu/nursing.