Caroline McKinnon

Associate Professor

Caroline McKinnon

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Nursing
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing

College of Nursing
Department of Prelicensure Nursing

The Graduate School

Bio

Following decades of work in mental health nursing settings, I shifted to nursing education with a focus on teaching and researching in the areas of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Expertise in advanced practice child mental health care supports my academic interests.

  • (706) 721-6779
  • EC 4338

Education

  • Ph.D., Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Medical College of Georgia, 2013

  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner/Psychiatric-Mental Health University of Virginia, 2002

  • BSN, Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Boston College, 1986

Certifications

  • Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Instructor QPR Institute, 2021

  • Advanced Practice- CNS/PMH Georgia Board of Nursing, 2006

  • CNS/PMH-Child & Adolescent American Nurses Credentialing Center , 2004

  • Advanced Practice RN South Carolina Board of Nursing , 2014

  • RN GA Professional Licensing Brd, 2006

  • Family Nurse Practitioner American Nurse Credentialing Center , 2003

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Education/Teaching Pedagogy Poster Award: 1st Place International Society of Psych-Mental Health Nurses, 2017

  • Excellence in Mentorship Award Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Omicron Chapter, 2017

  • Invited Member Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 2014

  • Invited Member Golden Key International Honor Society , 2013

  • Research Grant Sigma Theta Tau Beta Omicron Chapter , 2013

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • NURS 7460

    Diag and Clinical Reas Adv Pra
  • NURS 9051

    DNP Project Inquiry & Change
  • NURS 4800

    Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 8348

    PMHNP Practice III: DNP Prgm
  • NURS 8340

    Theoretical Foundations
  • NURS 7251

    Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • NURS 8345

    PMHNP Practice II
  • NURS 8351

    PMHNP Practice II: Post Grad
  • NURS 9192

    APNP Practicum - DNP
  • NURS 7300

    Integrated Healthcare MH
  • NURS 8342

    PMHNP Practice I
  • NURS 8350

    PMHNP Practice I: Post Grad
  • NURS 9050

    Strategies for Eff Prac Change

Teaching Interests

Psychiatric nursing

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Substance Use Disorders, 2021
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • Weight reduction goal achievement among veterans with mental health diagnoses, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Substance Use Disorders, 2012
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • Eye on Washington: New recommendations on screening and treatment for major depressive disorders in children and adolescents, 2009
    Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper
  • Technology and rural mental health., 2003
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Parental involvement in child mental health services; substance use education for nursing students; adverse childhood experiences

College Service

  • CON Information Technology Advisory Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CON Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CON Center for Nursing Research Travel Award Committe 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CON DNP Program Admissions Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University Nursing Associates 2018 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • University Senate Academic Policy Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • University Senate Community Service Committee 2015 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Suicide Prevention College & University Conference Planning Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Workshop Organizer

Professional Service

  • Western Journal of Nursing Research 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • ISPN Foundation 2014 - Present

    Role: Officer, Secretary
  • Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 2013 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • ISPN Marketing & Development Committee 2015 - 2017

    Role: Committee Chair

Public Service

  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Gold Award Committee 2010 - 2017

    Role: Reviewer
  • Medical Reserve Corps 2017 - 2017

    Role: Other
  • Lakeside High School Senior Project 2011 - 2015

    Role: Reviewer