School of Nursing


Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office Location

228 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • PhD, DNP, MSN, BSN


Dr. Valerie Fuller is an Acute Care, Family and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Southern Maine. She is the President of the Maine State Board of Nursing, Maine State Representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Past President of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. She is actively involved in APRN practice and policy issues at both the state and national level. Her clinical and research interests include vascular surgery, wound care and delirium.

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced Practice Nursing, Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice, Nursing Regulation, Delirium, Wound and Foot Care, Vascular Surgery 


  • Certifications:                                                                                                                              
    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)
    • Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse - Advanced Practice (CWON-AP)
    • Certified Foot Care RN (CFCN)
    • Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA)
    • Teaching and Learning Certificate for Health Care Educators - MGH Institute of Health Professions


Research Interests

  • Delirium
  • Wound care
  • Vascular surgery

Recent Publications

  • Fuller V. Delirium recall - an integrative review. J Clin Nurs. 2016 Jun; 25(11-12):1515-27. PMID: 26961219. 
  • Babine RL, Hyrkäs KE, Bachand DA, Chapman JL, Fuller VJ, Honess CA, Wierman HR. Falls in A Tertiary Care Hospital-Association With Delirium: A Replication Study. Psychosomatics. 2016 May-Jun; 57(3):273-82. PMID: 27063812.
  • Ahmed, S., Andrist, L., Davis, S. & Fuller, V. DNP Education, Practice and Policy: Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century (2012), Springer Publishing Company. ISBN-13: 978-0826108159

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 – Elaine Ellibee Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • 2017 – Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing
  • 2016 - Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2015 - Maine Hanley Health Leadership Fellow
  • 2007 - Recipient of the Christine Bridges Nursing Scholarship
  • 1999 - Recipient of Oregon Health Sciences University ROSE (Recognizing Outstanding Service Excellence) Award

Professional Activity

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) - Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • Wound Ostomy Continence Society – Advanced Practice Exam Committee 2017-2021
  • Board President – Maine State Board of Nursing, 2013-present
  • Maine State Representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2014-present
  • APRN Representative/Executive Board Member, Maine State Board of Nursing, 2010-present