Personal Statement

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.

Biography

Rebecca Harmon is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. After obtaining a BSN and a Master's 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.

Honors and Awards

  • Jeanette Lancaster Faculty Excellence Award, University of Virginia (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia (2004, 2006, 2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Virginia (2005, 2011, 2015)
  • Sigma Theta Tau Research Dissemination Award, Beta Kappa Chapter Sigma Theta Tau (2003)

Research Focus

History of psychiatric mental health nursing, appreciative inquiry in healthcare.

Clinical Focus

Psychiatric mental health nursing.

Teaching Focus

Psychiatric mental health nursing.

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

Publications

Journal Articles

Harmon, R.B., & Hills, R.L. (2015). Transforming psychiatric mental health nursing with team based learning. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29, 413-419. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.06.014

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 of diabetes mellitus, 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.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.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Fontaine, D.K., & Harmon, R. (2017, May 21). Take care, graduates [Column]. The Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved from http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/dorrie-fontaine-and-rebecca-harmon-hey-graduates-find-a-job/article_43c5578b-1d93-5a0f-be45-25d56de88e89.html.

Presentations

  • Flipping the Classroom with Team Based Learning: 6 year study outcomes (poster)
    Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, VA
    (February 24, 16)
  • Improving Learning Outcomes with Collaborative Team Based Learning 
    International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, New Orleans, LA
    (October 28, 15)
  • Transforming Culture Using Appreciative Communication (poster) with Thompson-Heisterman, A., Haizlip, J., May, N., Plews-Ogan, M., Williams, A. 
    International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Montreal, Quebec
    (September 29, 13)
  • Engaging Students in Positive Mental Health
    International Czech Positive Psychology Conference, Bruno, Czech Republic 
    (May 23, 13)
  • Team Based Learning to Instill Personal Responsibility for Knowledge (with Robin Hills)
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing, BSN Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas 
    (November 1, 12)
  • Educating Nurses using Appreciative Teaching Methods
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
    (November 1, 12)
  • Using Appreciative Inquiry in Education (presentation and panel) 
    29th Annual AACH National Faculty Development ENRICH Course, Charlottesville, Virginia 
    (June 1, 11)
  • Team Based Learning to Instill Personal Responsibility for Knowledge 
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing, BSN Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas
    (November 9, 12)
  • Engaging Students in Positive Mental Health using Appreciative Teams 
    International Positive Psychology Conference, Bruno, Czech Republic 
    (May 1, 13)
  • Wisdom through Adversity: Post Traumatic Growth 
    Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses, Richmond, Virginia 
    (October 10, 14)
  • Transforming Culture: Building Appreciative Connections
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association 28th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana 
    (October 22, 14)