Martha Hartley
  • Martha Hartley
  • Assistant Professor of Community Nursing

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  • Phone: 828.898.3239
  • Office: May School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Department: Academics


MSN, University of New Mexico
BSN, East Tennessee State University

Common Courses Taught

NUR 305 Professional and Academic Success
NUR 330E Gerontological Nursing
NUR 352E Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research
NUR 401E Leadership and Management
NUR 441 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

As director of the Lees-McRae College RN to BSN Completion Program, in 2002 I led the effort to obtain a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE accreditation, which included creation of self-study with faculty and administration input and management of on-site resources. The program was accredited for the maximum time period of five years. In 2007, I led the effort to obtain CCNE reaccreditation. The program was reaccredited without recommendations for the maximum time period of ten years.

I led a major Program Curriculum Revision in 2003 to move away from purchased curriculum and closer to a seamless two-plus-two structure. I reviewed the general education courses provided by local community college ADN program, then added missing general education courses to the RN to BSN Program based on the North Carolina transfer agreement. The new structure made the transition from the ADN to BSN program seamless. I also led an effort to make major revisions in nursing courses.

I led an effort to initiate the RN to BSN online program, which included recruitment over a larger service area, development of online courses, and development of orientation sites for the online program and Sakai learning management system.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

I am currently a member of the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate, and May School of Nursing Committee. Current position responsibilities include teaching courses. Assistant professor responsibilities include teaching, advising, curriculum maintenance/improvement, assessment, and maintaining course Brightspace Learning Management site.

Personal Interests

I am an Appalachian native who was born and raised on a farm in Banner Elk. I love my mountain heritage which emphasized family, faith, and helping others. I currently live in Roan Mountain, Tennessee with my husband, son, and Siberian husky. I enjoy farm work, camping, and genealogy.