School of Nursing

Judith Spross PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing
Judith Spross PhD, RN, FAAN


228 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8366

Credentials, degrees schools attended:

PhD in nursing, Boston College

MS in nursing, Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University

BSN, Villanova University


Service (selected)University/College/Department

2006-2009  USM Research Council

2003-2007  Graduate Admission, Curriculum and Advancedment, School of Nursing

2005-2009  DNP Committee

2004-2008  Faculty Advisor, Student Nurse Organization

American Nurses Association

2007-2008  AACN Representative to National Panel on Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists                   

Member, Education Committee  Co-chair, 2006-2007


Other Service

2006 - Consultant British Columbia Cancer Agency on Advanced Practice and  Interdisciplinary collaboration, Vancouver, British Columbia

2005 - Reviewer, Japan Journal of Nursing Science


Practice areas (prior experience)

I have over 25 years experience as an oncology and pain management clinical specialist in academic medical centers, rehabilitation, and hospice settings. I am also a Reiki II practitioner. Prior to coming to USM, I was at Education Development Center, Inc. (  where I served as co-investigator and project manager on federally and privately funded grants in health services research aimed at changing institutional and clinical practice.             



Research Interests

Advanced practice nursing, holistic health, pain management including integrative therapies, evidence-based practice, leadership and institutional change

Recent Publications

Edited Books

Hamric, A.B., Spross, J.A. & Hanson, C.M. (editors) (2009). Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach. 4th  edition. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.

          Chapters authored in this text             

  • Spross, J.A. & Lawson, M.T. (2009). Conceptualizations of advanced practice nursing. pp. 33-74. 
  • Spross, J.A. (2009). Expert coaching.and guidance. pp. 159 -190. 
  • Spross, J.A.  & Hanson, C.M. (2009). Clinical, professional and systems leadership. pp. 249-282.  
  • Hanson, C.M. & Spross, J.A. (2009). Collaboration. pp. 283-314.
  • Hamric, A.B., Spross, J.A. & Hanson, C.M. (editors) (2005). Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach. 3nd edition. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.