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Clark, Carey

Carey Clark
Assistant Professor, RN- BSN Program

Office: 234 Randall Student Center, Augusta Campus
Phone: (207) 621-3466
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Carey Clark



PhD, Humanities, Transformative Learning and Change, from California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA., 2004.
Masters of Science in Nursing Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2001.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College (formerly Regents College), Albany, N.Y., 1999.
Associate Degree in Nursing from Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA., 1994.
Bachelors of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Whittier College, Whittier, CA., 1989.


Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT has been a nurse since 1994, with a wide range of practical-clinical experience, including acute medical-surgical, pediatrics, inpatient psychiatric, home health nursing, parish nursing, and hospice nursing. Dr. Clark has taught for 18 years across all levels of nursing in the traditional, online, and hybrid classroom settings.

Having completed both the MSN and PhD coursework in the online format, she is very familiar with the challenges and benefits of working in this environment from the student perspective. Dr. Clark strives to support students in the RN- BSN program at UMA through supporting their scholarly learning journey, as well as their self-care and healing processes which enables them to create sustainable caring-healing bedside nursing practices. Being a board certified advanced holistic nurse, Dr. Clark has expertise in many holistic-integrative modalities and she is a Reiki Master and Registered Yoga Teacher.

Dr. Clark is currently researching nursing students’ adverse childhood events and she continues to focus on the psychoneuroimmunological effects of stress on health, healing, and well-being.


Dr. Clark’s research interests are varied, but tend toward focusing on caring in nursing education, integral approaches in nursing education, and self-care-healing for nurses from a psychoneuroimmunological perspective. She is currently working on researching the adverse childhood event scores of nursing students in hopes of better understanding how childhood experiences relate to the nurse’s ability to create a caring-healing presence at the bedside. Dr. Clark also has an interest in how creativity, art, and poetry support healing.

Dr. Clark has been involved for several years with the Nurse Manifest Project, a grass-roots movement focusing on the revamping of nursing practice and the autonomy and emancipation of nurses worldwide. She currently blogs about creating change and nurses autonomy for the Nurse Manifest project. Dr Clark’s research and publications in peer -reviewed journals have elucidated the ideas of caring in nursing and nursing education. Dr. Clark was honored in 2011 to receive the Carrie Lenburg Award from Excelsior College for outstanding commitment to nursing education.

*Clark, C.S. (2015). Creativity in nursing. In M. Taylor (Ed), Fostering creativity in rehabilitation (first edition). New York, NY: Nova.

*Clark, C.S. (2014). Your healing. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, 2(1), 14.

*Clark, C.S. (2014). Stress, psychoneuroimmunology, and self-care: What every nurse needs to know. Journal of Nursing and Care, 3, 146.

*Clark, C.S. (2013). An integral- caring science RN- BS nursing curriculum: Outcomes from fostering consciousness evolution. International Journal for Human Caring, 17(2).

*Clark, C.S. (2013). An integral nursing education experience: Outcomes from a BSN Reiki course. Holistic Nursing Practice, 27(1), 13-22.

*Clark, C.S. (2013). Resistance to change in the nursing profession: Creative transdisciplinary solution processes. Creative Nursing, 19(2), 70-76.

*Clark, C.S. (2012). Nurse #65X89: The emerging story from an emancipatory study of nursing practice. Creative Nursing,18(2), 68-73.

*Clark, C.S. (2012). Beyond holism: Incorporating an Integral Approach to support caring-healing-sustainable nursing practices. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26(2), 92-102.

*Clark, C.S. & Pelicci, G. (2011). An integral nursing education: a stress management and life balance course. International Journal for Human Caring,15(1),13-22.

*Clark, C.S. (2010). The nursing shortage as a community transformational opportunity: An update. Advances in Nursing Science, 33(10), 35-52.

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