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

Statistics for Critical Decision-Making
Contemporary Issues in Healthcare

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I obtained my BSN in 1983 and MSN with administration and Medical-Surgical concentrations in 1992. As a nurse I have worked in a variety of settings including medical-surgical, obstetrics, nursery, post-anesthesia care unit, critical care, and emergency department. Most of my clinical nursing career was in emergency care and critical care as a staff nurse and manager. Early in my nursing career, I was a volunteer with the Linville/Central Rescue Squad beginning as an EMT-Basic and eventually obtained an EMT-Paramedic. I have worked in a variety of acute care settings including Johnson City Medical Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital, University of New Mexico Hospital, and Bristol Regional Medical Center. In Fall 2000 I began my nurse educator career at Lees-McRae College as an instructor. In Fall 2001, I accepted the position as the Director of the RN to BSN Program. After 12 years in this position I decided to move back to an instructor position.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

My current responsibilities are to facilitate assigned online courses, promote an environment which enhances learning, and be available to my students.

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.