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Carey Clark, PhD, RN

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2011 Carrie B. Lenburg Award Recipient

Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, of Arrowsic, Maine, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Excelsior College in 1999. She is an assistant professor at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she is developing a caring-holistic-integral curriculum in the RN-BSN program.

Dr. Clark has taught across the levels of nursing academia, from associate degree to doctoral studies, in both the online and traditional settings. Her dissertation focused on the use of Dr. Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory in nursing education and integral educational approaches as espoused by the contemporary and evolutionary philosopher, Ken Wilber. Clark has worked with the nurse manifest project, performing grassroots research about the state of nursing practice today. A Usui Reiki Master, she has published articles about the nursing shortage and caring in nursing academia in journals such as the International Journal for Human Caring, Advances in Nursing Science, and the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, and writes a blog for the Nurse Manifest Project.

With expertise in the areas of the nursing shortage, nursing education, community health, and end-of-life care, she is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, the International Human Caring Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. In addition, she served as a trustee of the Monte Rio School Board. Clark is the 2001 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student Award for commitment to university service at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education. She was awarded the Jean Watson Human Caring scholarship to attend and present at the International Human Caring Conference in 2003. In 2004, she earned a PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Humanities with an emphasis in Transformative Learning and Change.




I'm developing a caring healing integral holistic curriculum and the values I brought to that from Excelsior College are the ideas of being innovative, meeting students where they are at, and giving them what they need, and providing a high quality level of instruction. 

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