School of Nursing

Patricia Thompson Leavitt DNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office Location

326 Masterton Hall, 71 Bedford St, Portland

Phone

(207) 780-4906 (office); 207-838-8933 (cell)

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Simmons College, 2014
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine, 1990
  • B.S. Nursing, Boston College, 1997

Profile

I have been privileged to care for patients as a nurse for 40 years, and a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. In the past 16 years, as I have worked with students across the educational span, and with my patients in an inter-professional rural free clinic. I continue to learn more every day. Teaching inspires, humbles, and stimulates the growth we need as humans in this ever-changing world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Primary Care
  • Rural Health
  • Medically uninsured populations
  • Inter-professional practice

Research Interests

  • Improving rates of exercise in rural under-served populations.
  • Increasing self-efficacy in chronic disease management in rural under-served populations.
  • Creating inter- and intra-professional educational experiences for students across the nursing curriculum.

Areas of Scholarship

  • Improving rates of exercise in rural under-served populations
  • Increasing self-efficacy in chronic disease management in rural under-served populations

Recent Publications

Leavitt, P. (2017) Improving Exercise Prescribing in a Rural New England Free Clinic. Journal for Nurse Practitioners (13:1) e29-31. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.09.014

Eaton, J., & Leavitt, P. (2016). Case 15: Maurice Lamontagne. In J. Cappiello, & J. Eaton, A Day in the Office: Case Studies . Maryland Heights: Mosby .

Presentations

  • March 2018, USM Research and Scholarship Symposium. Invited Speaker. Lightning Talk: What People Want: Patient Preferences for Physical Activity Support – Surprise!
  • October 2017, Maine Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Podium Presentation: What People Want: Patient Preferences of Primary Care Support to Increase Physical Activity in a Rural New England Free Health Clinic Population.
  • July 2017, National Nurse Practitioner Symposium Keystone, CO. Invited Poster Presentation: What People Want: Patient Preferences of Primary Care Support to Increase Physical Activity in a Rural New England Free Health Clinic Population.
  • March 2017, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives Nursing Summit. Augusta, ME. Invited Poster Presentation: What People Want: Patient Preferences of Primary Care Support to Increase Physical Activity in a Rural New England Free Health Clinic Population.
  • April 2014, American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Invited Poster Presentation: Improving Exercise Prescribing in a Rural New England Free Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project

Awards and Recognition

  • Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, New England Patriots Foundation, 2018
  • President’s Award for Community Engagement, University of Southern Maine, 2017
  • Inspiring Educators Award, Maine Education Association, 2017
  • Mary Cushman Humanitarian Award, Maine Medical Association, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Simmons College School of Health Sciences, 2011
  • Christian Chenard Humanitarian Award, 2011
  • Maine Public Health Association, 2010
  • Phebe Conrey King Award for Leadership in Health Access, 2009
  • Mary Rines Thompson Award for community service, WCSH-6 Who Care and United Way, 2009
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Altrusa International, Portland Maine Chapter, 2009
  • American College of Nurse Practitioners, Sharp Cutting Edge Award, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumna award, Simmons College/ UNE Alumni Association, 2006
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, State Award for Excellence Nurse Practitioner, Maine 2005

Professional Activity

  • Founder and volunteer, Executive Director and NP provider, Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center, free clinic located in Bar Mills/Buxton, ME.
  • York County District Public Health Council member
  • York County Community Action Corporation Board of Directors