School of Nursing

Krista M. Meinersmann PhD, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Office Location

124 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4546

Academic Degrees

  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Alabama
  • Ph.D., Georgia State Univeristy, 1985
  • M.S. Clemson University, 1984
  • B.S.N. University of Delaware, 1975


“There’s a track record of innovation here at USM’s School of Nursing that is exciting. We are implementing new programs and state-of-the-art technologies–both in the field and in the classroom–that will prepare our nursing graduates to meet the growing healthcare needs of Maine in the 21st century.”

- Krista Meinersmann, Director, USM School of Nursing


Currently, Dr. Meinersmann serves as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Nursing and has previously served as Director of USM’s School of Nursing. Krista Meinersmann is helping to provide a 21st–century nursing workforce to meet the healthcare needs of Maine people.

An innovator in nursing education, Dr. Meinersmann has overseen the launch of USM’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, a pioneering program that will help meet the growing demand for specialized nurse professionals.  She also has collaborated in the implementation of a pilot of the clinical emersion model of nursing education, designed in conjunction with Maine Medical Center to help fill the nursing gap in Maine. “Part of this effort has been to re-vision our approach to nursing education.”

USM's School of Nursing is a leader in providing students with state-of-the-art simulation technology and resources to better prepare them for real-life clinical challenges. Dr. Meinersmann puts her passion for innovation and interdisciplinary thinking into action in the classroom as a teacher of Innovation Engineering on the Gorham campus. In her role as Director, Dr. Meinersmann participates in a variety of school, college and university committees as well as statewide nursing-focused work groups. She serves on the Quality Committee of the Board for Mercy Hospital and is the USM supervisor for a team of epidemiologists and other specialists who work with the Maine CDC under a contractual arrangement.

Dr. Meinersmann brought to USM more than 30 years of nursing experience. Prior to joining the School of Nursing in 2009, she served as Associate Director, Undergraduate Program at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University in Atlanta. 

Research Interests

Gerontology, community health, women’s issues, qualitative research, equine facilitated psychotherapy, educational pedagogy

Recent Publications

Articles/Book Chapters

Meinersmann, K. and Dean, J. (2012, May 6). Community partnerships address health-care needs. Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, pp A12.

Meinersmann, K., Bradberry, J. & Roberts, F. (2008). Equine facilitated psychotherapy in adult female survivors of abuse. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 46(12), 36-42 (refereed)

Meinersmann, K., Minick, P, & Roskelley, M. (2008). The realities of female genital mutilation.  EKG: Exciting Knowledge for GANS, 4(3), 17-18. (non-referred)

Meinersmann, K., Bradberry, J. & Roberts, F. (2006). Helping women who have experienced abuse. NARHA’s Strides: The official publication of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. (Fall 2006), 31-33. (invited, non-referred)

Williams-Brown, S.; Meinersmann, K.; Baldwin, D., & Phillips, J. M. (2005). Rural African American women’s descriptions of mammogram quality. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 20 (3), 231-237(refereed)

Meinersmann, K. (2004). Attitudes and indicators.  In M. Jackson, D. D. Ignatavicius, & B. Case (Eds.) Conversations in Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment. Pensacola, FL.: Pohl Publishing.


Meinersmann, K., Bradberry, J. & Roberts, F. (Summer 2005). Research Abstract: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for Adult Female Survivors of Abuse. EFMHA News, 9 (2) pp 6-7.