School of Nursing

Carla Randall PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
A photo of Carla Randall

Office Location

162E Lewiston Auburn Campus


(207) 753-6642

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Victoria, BC Canada, 2005
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Dubuque, 1987
  • B.S. Nursing, Coe College, 1981
  • RN Diploma, Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing


Dr. Randall joined the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing in 2003 and received tenure in 2011. She earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Victoria, Canada in 2005 with a focus in nursing education. Clinical experience includes: ICU/CCU, psych mental health, and home care. She has taught in numerous academic settings across the US and BC, Canada. As a scholar and a teacher, Dr. Randall has addressed concerns regarding LGBTQ inequities within nursing education along with inclusion of feminist theory and intersectionality of diversity in her teaching.

The development of learning strategies that engage students in exploring issues that influence one’s assumptions and perspective has been central to her teaching. Dr. Randall uses interactive learning activities to engage students in exploring who they bring to practice (mask making); playing musical chairs to facilitate the deconstruction and understanding of power, rules, and exclusion; and explores the concept of perspective through the use of the parable “The Blind Men and the Elephant”.

Her current scholarship focuses on preparing teachers to address common teaching challenges--Critical Incident Video Project (CIVP). This project has morphed into a longitudinal study that will extend into 2023.


Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing education
  • Faculty development
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Feminist theory
  • Critical Incident Videos

Recent Publications

  • Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. (manuscript in review). The Use of Simulation to Develop Clinical Faculty Teaching of Ethics: A Pilot Study.
  • Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. (2021). Critical Incident Videos: Developing a Cognitive Strategy in Simulation for Faculty Development. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(2), 81-89. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20210120-05
  • Bosse, J. D., Nesteby, J. A., & Randall, C. E. (2015). Integrating sexual minority health issues into a health assessment class. Journal of Professional Nursing 6, 498-507. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2015.04.007
  • Randall, C. E. & Eliason, M. (2012). Out lesbians in nursing: What would Florence say? Journal of Lesbian Studies,16(1) 65-75.
  • Randall, C. E. (2011). Learning Activity: Who do you bring to practice? (Plaster of Paris Mask Making). Journal of Nursing Education, 50(8), 487-488.
  • Eliason, M. J., Dibble, S. L., DeJoseph, J., Chinn, P., Randall, C. E. (2009). Introduction to lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health care issues. San Francisco, CA: Lavender Health.       
  • Randall, C. E., Lougheed, M. J., & Tate, B. E. (2007) Emancipatory Teaching/Learning Philosophy and Practice Education in Acute Care: Navigating Tensions. Journal of Nursing Education46(2), 60-64.


Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Using Critical Incident Videos: An Innovative Strategy to Improve Teaching Practice. Podium presentation (Distinction Presenter award) Nursing Education Research Conference NLN/Sigma Theta Tau International Washington, DC March 2020. (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. Using Critical Incident Videos to Open Doors: An Innovative Learning Strategy. Podium presentation Institute for Educational Excellence (International Conference) Duke University, Raleigh, NC. April (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Using Critical Incident Videos to Improve the Teaching Practice of Nursing. Poster presentation Maine Nursing Summit, Augusta, ME, March (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Using Critical Incident Videos to Improve the Teaching Practice in Nursing Education. Poster at USM Research Symposium Portland, ME, March (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Critical Incident Video Project: A Daunting Yet Exciting Adventure. Podium presentation at 2019 Faculty Institute Augusta, ME. May 2019 (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. Improving the teaching practice of Nurse Educators Using Critical Incident Videos Podium presentation Sigma Theta Tau Maine Region 5 Research Symposium UNE Portland ME. October. (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Critical Incident Videos: An Innovative Teaching Method to Assist with the Educational Development of a Clinical Instructor.  Podium presentation PNEG Cleveland, OH. October 2019. (peer reviewed)

Randall, C. E. Teaching workshop 23 August USM/SMCC Orientation for Clinical Instructors USM/SMCC collaboration. SMCC South Portland, ME. (invited)

Randall, C. E. Teaching workshop 5 January USM Clinical Teaching Workshop 5 January, USM Portland Campus (invited).

Randall, C. E. USM Clinical Teaching Workshop, 14 January, USM Portland Campus (invited).

Hyrkas, K., Randall C. E., & Meinersmann K. (2016) Building Bridges: Implementing Pedagogical Changes Within Nursing Education and Practice. (peer reviewed).

Randall, C. E., Lydon, K., Stojanovic, G. (2016). Whom do I bring to practice: Faces of the future. 2016 Maine Nursing Summit. Augusta, ME 24 March 2016 (peer reviewed).

Hyrkas, K., Randall C. E., & Meinersmann K. Eastern Nursing Research Society, 28th Annual Scientific Sessions. Pittsburgh, PA, April 13-15, 2016. (Podium presentation).

Randall, C. E Teaching Workshop: “Let’s talk--teaching clinical practice: What it is and is not” USM/SMCC collaboration. 23 August. SMCC South Portland, ME (invited).

Randall, C. E Teaching Workshop: September Quincy College 2-day workshop. Quincy, MA (invited).


Awards and Recognition

2021    University of Southern Maine, Faculty Senate Research Award
            Nominated for NLN Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education
            Nominated for AACN Excellence and Innovation in Education Award

2020    Distinguished Presenter, Nursing Education Research Conference [NERC], Washington DC.

2019    ANA-Maine President’s Award

2013    University of Southern Maine, Faculty Senate Research Award


Professional Activity

Reviewer for the following journals:

  • Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • Journal of Nursing Management

Article reviewer and rater in the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence System Project

ANA-Maine Board Member

ANA-Maine, Continuing Education Review Committee