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Rebecca Harmon, PhD, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: McLeod 5041
Phone: (434) 924-0216
Email: rbh8a@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 924-2787
I enjoy discussing Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) issues with students because the skills we discuss will be useful in all specialty areas of nursing. I consider myself a gardener; I plant seeds that I hope will grow into a future career in PMH nursing.

Rebecca Harmon is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia Health School of Nursing. After obtaining a BSN and a Masters in Community Mental Health Nursing from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, she moved to Virginia and began practicing as a clinical nurse specialist at Western State Hospital. Dr. Harmon has been teaching psychiatric mental health nursing to graduate and undergraduate nursing students at the University of Virginia since 1993 and has received the Excellence in Teaching, Innovative Teaching, and Faculty Excellence Awards. She lectures on mental health nursing issues to nursing and community groups, has published articles in professional nursing journals, and is currently working with colleagues at the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice to promote appreciative communication and practice principles.

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Research Focus

History of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare.

Clinical Focus

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

Teaching Focus

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

Publications

Journal Articles

Harmon, R.B., Fontaine, D., Plews-Ogan, M., & Williams, A. (2012). Achieving transformational change: Using appreciative inquiry for strategic planning at a school of nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 28(2), 119-124.

Bowser, D., Utz, S., Glick, D. F., & Harmon, R. (2010). A systematic review of the relationship ofdiabetes mellitus, depression, and missed appointments in a low-income, uninsured population. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24(5), 317-329.

Bowser, D., Utz, S., Glick, D. & Harmon, R. (2010). A Systematic Review of the Relationship of Diabetes Melltus, Depression, and Missed Appointments in a Low-income Uninsured Population. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24(5), 317-329.

Harmon, R. (2009). Cruel or caring: Hydrotherapy in psychiatric nursing in the first half of the 20thcentury. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30, 8, 491-494.

Bowser, D. M., Utz, S., Glick, D., Harmon, R.B., Rovnyak, V. (2009). The relationship betweendiabetes mellitus, depression, and missed appointments in a low income, uninsured population. Diabetes Educator, 35, 966-977.

Bowser, D. M., Utz, S.W., Glick, D., Harmon, R., & Rovnyak, V. (2009). The relationship between diabetes mellitus, depression, and missed appointments in a low-income uninsured population. The Diabetes Educator, 35(6), 966-977.

Harmon, R. (2008). Teaching psychiatric mental health nursing in the People’s Republic of China. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 22, 12, 328-333.

Harmon, R. (2005). Nursing care in a state hospital before and during the introduction ofantipsychotics, 1950-1965. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26, 3, 257-279.

Books

May, N., Becker, D., Frankel, R., Haizlip, J., Harmon, R., Plews-Ogan, P., Shorling, J., Williams, A., & Whitney, D. (2011). Appreciative inquiry in healthcare.. New York: Crown Publishing.

May, N., Becker, D., Frankel, R., Haizlip, J., Harmon, R., Plews-Ogan, M., Schorling, J.,Williams, A., Whitney, D. (2010). Appreciative Inquiry in Health Care: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best.. Brunswick, Ohio: Crown Custom Publishing, Inc.

Awards & Honors

  • Jeanette Lancaster Faculty Excellence Award, University of Virginia (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia (2004, 2006)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Virginia (2005, 2011)
  • Sigma Theta Tau Research Dissemination Award, Beta Kappa Chapter Sigma Theta Tau (2003)

Certifications

  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified (PMH CNS, BC) issued by American Nurses Credentialing Center, valid 2008-2013

Presentations

  • The Evolution of Nurse’s Role in Shock Treatments, 1930s-1960s
    Agnes Dillion Randolph Inaugural International Nursing History Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
    (March 1, 09)
  • Teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in China
    Sigma Theta Tau International 39th Biennial Convention, Baltimore, Maryland
    (November 1, 07)
  • The Water Cure: Hydrotherapy in State Hospitals in the 1950s
    American Association for the History of Nursing, Annual Conference, White Plains, New York
    (September 1, 07)
  • Appreciative Practice: An Introduction to Appreciative Principles in Psychiatric Mental Health
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association 24th Conference, Louisville, Kentucky October 2010
    (October 1, 10)
  • Using Appreciative Inquiry in Education (presentation and panel)
    29th Annual AACH National Faculty Development ENRICH Course Charlottesville, Virginia
    (June 1, 11)

Public Service

  • Mental Health Volunteer , Augusta County Regional Free Clinic (2006-)
  • Mental Health Volunteer, American Red Cross (1980-)
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee, Virginia Nurses Association (1987-)

Professional Service

  • Continuing Education Approval Committee, Virginia Nurses Association (1987)
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