Laurie Barnhardt

Laurie Barnhardt
Assistant Teaching Professor and NP Coordinator
School of Nursing
Office: HSD A460


Area of expertise

Public and primary care partnerships for obesity management, a vehicle for np role optimization, , objective structured clinical examination development, nurse practitioners in primary care, supportive and palliative care oncology, nurse practitioners

My teaching philosophy stems from my belief that the measure of my success is how effectively I prepare students, not only for subsequent courses, but also for their future professional careers. Nursing is a dynamic discipline and life-long learning is integral to subsistence. A good teacher cannot begin or continue to inspire learning without being a life-long learner. I constantly examine my teaching methods, use diversity and incorporate new methods and modalities to teach to every student’s needs. Nurse practitioner students are prepared with advanced nursing skills in listening, evaluating, formulating, diagnosing, treating, educating, negotiating, and collaborating in the process of providing a holistic approach to care with treatment that is rooted in evidence based practice. I believe learning is best accomplished when it is enjoyed, so I keep my virtual classroom atmosphere light with humor to convey a sense of wonder and adventure about learning.  If nursing students leave me with an interconnectedness to others, a healthy skepticism of information and the skill to use technology to access and apply better evidence to their nurse practitioner practice, I will have accomplished my goal. For me promoting discovery through caring, advising and mentoring students is an important part of teaching as I guide registered nurses through role transition from that of an RN to that of an NP.