Paula Harrison, MSN, RN

Paula Harrison

Associate Professor

University Hall 149, Hamilton Campus


  • MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Education Track, Case Western Reserve University
  • BSN, University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio

Professional Experience

Acute adult and adolescent mental health nursing, nurse management, hospital-based nursing education, healthcare quality and case management.


  • Psychiatric Mental Health nursing; focus on adult & chronic illness, community mental health
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Service-learning pedagogy
  • Leadership


My focus in service is two-fold; Service to the mental health community and to nursing students. A major portion of my service was embedded in service-learning within my teaching of NSG 452: Nursing Care of Clients Experiencing Mental Health Disorders and their Families. Students were engaged in MPWER (Miami Partnership to Empower and Renew) group projects within a community portion of clinical. Our projects focused on empowering mental health clients in their quest for wellness. A few of our projects were titled, Coping Quilts, My Voice in Photos, Harboring Hope, Sit or be Fit, and Journey of Gratitude. I also served as the previous Faculty Advisor for the Student Nurse Association (SNA) for over 12 years.   Working closely with the student nurse leaders, we strove to create an internal student network and mentorship and to promote service activities toward health and community issues within the campus and a variety of communities. The annual Butler County NAMI walk is an annual event the SNA is involved with for over 15 years and continue to be advocates for mental health. I am involved with multiple initiatives within the University and the local community towards advocating for mental health & wellness and decreasing the stigma associated with brain disorders.

Current Service:  American Psychiatric Nurses Association Education Council & Advisory Board; Court Appointed Member of Executive Board, Mental Health Recovery Board of Warren & Clinton Counties; Member of Miami University Suicide Prevention Team.

Previous Service; Vice President, Secretary of Executive Board, Butler County NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) since 2005.

Previous Service; Executive and Board Member, Transitional Living, Inc., Miami Nursing Faculty Liaison & Homeless Clinic Practitioner - St. Raphael’s Social Service Agency, Crisis Prevention Institute Instructor/Trainer, Health & Wellness Ministry, St. Susanna Parish.


My passion is empowerment strategies of the mentally ill population for wellness and empowerment of nursing students. This has manifested into the study of service-learning, emotional intelligence and reflection within mental health nursing education.

Practice Experience: Acute adult and adolescent mental health nursing, Mental Health nurse management, hospital-based nursing education, healthcare quality and case management, general surgical acute care nursing.


  • 2012 Team Spirit/Walk Leadership Team Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Butler County, Ohio
  • 2009 Advocacy Award, National Alliance for Mentally Ill, Butler County, Ohio
  • 2008-2009 Arthur Olsen Outstanding Generational Teaching Excellence Award, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Miami University
  • 2007 Nightingale Award for Outstanding Service, Miami University Nursing