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BC Nursing Prof. Emeritus Carol Hartman Named “Living Legend” by MARN

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (March 2014) -- Boston College Connell School of Nursing Professor Emeritus Carol R. Hartman has been named a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN).

MARN’s Living Legend Award recognizes nurses who have made significant lifetime contributions to the profession of nursing in Massachusetts or at a national or international level. Living Legends are nurses who have exhibited creativity and innovation in their practice and whose longstanding contributions over the course of their careers serves as an inspiration to other nurses.

Carol R. Hartman

Hartman is considered a trailblazer in the field of psychiatric/mental health nursing. She conducted some of the original research on the psychiatric needs of mothers as part of the Harvard University Research Corporation, Joint Admission Project and Child Development Study. She started the Connell School of Nursing’s advanced practice psychiatric nursing graduate program and has trained hundreds of psychiatric clinical nurse specialists. She is the author of more than 47 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 48 books and book chapters.

In an article for MARN’s newsletter, Connell School of Nursing Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, a longtime colleague and collaborator of Hartman, said: “Carol was a pioneer in the treatment of the mentally ill. She developed the nursing component on a NIMH (National Institutes of Mental Health) grant for an innovative project admitting mentally ill mothers and their babies to the inpatient unit at Mass Mental. While at Boston College, Carol wrote grant [proposals] to NIMH for tuition and stipend resources for graduate students. Her work opened doors for psychiatric nurses to treat trauma and develop research protocols. Carol Hartman provided a firm foundation for the next generations of highly motivated young nurses and scholars to forge ahead.”

Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, is dedicated to advancing the profession of nursing in Massachusetts through advocacy, leadership development, enhanced diversity, education and mentorship. The award will be presented to Hartman at MARN’s convention in April.

Read this story for information on others from the Connell School of Nursing being honored at the MARN convention.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,