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Barbara Higgins

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Barbara Higgins, WHNP, PhD is a nurse educator and clinician for over 35 years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Maine and SUNY at Stony Brook. Dr. Higgins has been a WHNP for 20+ years, including owning and managing a Women’s Health clinical practice in Maine for six years in the past. She currently works as a per diem WHNP and has been a Contributing Faculty in the MSN program since 2016.

Courses Taught

NURS 6551 - Primary Care of Women


BS, University of Maine at Portland-Gorham

MEd, University of Maine

Master's of Science, University of Texas at Austin

PhD, University of Maine

Post-master's Certificate, SUNY at Stony Brook

Awards / Honors

Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, , 2011


Lyden, C., Sekula, L. K., Higgins, B., Zoucha, R. (2018). Job satisfaction and empowerment of self-employed nurse practitioners: A mixed methods study. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Sossong, A., Cullen, S., Theriault, P., Stetson, A., Higgins, B. S., Roche, S., Hermansen, S., Patillo, D. (2009). Renewing the spirit of nursing: Embracing evidence-based practice in a rural state. Nursing Clinics of North America.

Higgins, B. S., Schilmoeller, G., Baranowski, M., Coladarci, T. (1993). Support systems and caretaking behaviors of adolescent and older mothers: The first year after delivery. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Higgins, B. S. (1990). Couple infertility: From the perspective of the close-relationship (C-R) model. Family Relations.


Higgins, B. S. (2015). Improving HPV Immunization Compliance. American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Ruthkowsky, K., Tulaney, T., Higgins, B. (2014). Working With Department Faculty to Develop a Culture of Assessment.

Clark, E., Higgins, B. (2010). The Use of Root Cause Analysis to Address Systems-based Problems in a BSN Program. American Academy of Collegiate Nursing.

Higgins, B. (2008). Interstitial Cystitis. American College of Nurse Midwives.

Higgins, B. (2003). Interstitial Cystitis: New Developments in Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment. American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Higgins, B. (2002). Interstitial Cystitis: New Developments in Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Higgins, B. (1996). Managing the Perimenopausal Client: Traditional and Non-traditional Strategies. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.