Barbara Shaeffer, C.R.N.P., M.S.N., C.S
Associate Professor of Nursing

Office: SC 231
Phone: 215-641-6473
Office Hours

As posted on Office door (SC 231)

Educational Profile

Drexel University, Post-master's
   Certificate, N.P.
University of Pennsylvania, M.S.N.
Georgetown University, B.S.N.
Barbara Shaeffer

    ANCC Certifications
      Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Clinical Practice

Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Out-patient Services—Lenape Valley Foundation, Doylestown, Pa.
Professional Memberships

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National League of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau
Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Nursing

Course NUR 211
Clinical Sites

Norristown State Hospital
Lenape Valley Foundation Partial Hospitalization Program
Northwest Human Services, Lansdale, PA
Powerpoint Class Presentations Recommended Enrichment Reading
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg (Account of therapy with a young woman suffering from schizophrenia)
  • The Divided Self by R.D. Laing (Unique description of the schizophrenic experience by this well-known poet and psychiatrist)
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron (This famous author's description of his experience with depression)
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (This famous author's description of depression)
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison (This author is a psychiatrist who describes her own experience with Bipolar Illness)
  • Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber (Describes the experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Emergence: Labeled Autism and Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (Unique description of this author's own experiences as an autistic individual.)
  • A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage by Beth Kephart (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
  • Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography by Donna Williams (Autism)
  • Girl, Interrupted by Suanna Kaysen  (Experience of a young woman in a mental hospital)
  • Mind, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel, M.D. (Mind-body-spirit as related to cancer)
  • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Bensen (Classic discussion of stress/relaxation)
  • Rituals of Healing by Jeanne Achterberg,PhD.; Barbara Dossey, RN,MS,FAAN; Leslie Kolkmeier,RN,MEd. (Hands-on stress reducers)
Recommended Internet Resources

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