Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN
Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN
Research & Practice Interests
Public Health Competencies
Maternal Child Health
Competency-Based Professional Practice
MSN, Thomas Jefferson University
MPH, Drexel University
BSN, Thomas Jefferson University
- Reemergence? Disconnect between research priorities and population health
- Does it make a difference? Exploring the value of combining public health and nursing education
- Mixed-method analysis of the quad council competencies for public health nurses
- Checking the Pulse of Holistic and Culturally Competent Nursing Practice in Pennsylvania
- An exploratory survey of public health nurses’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and application of the Quad Council Competencies
Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health
Dimensions of Global Health
Monica Harmon is a native of Philadelphia and has been educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. She has been a registered nurse (RN) since July 2000 and has graduated from some of the Philadelphia area’s finest institutions of higher learning - Community College of Philadelphia (Associates Degree in Nursing, 2000), Thomas Jefferson University (Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, 2001 and Master of Science in Nursing Degree, 2007), Drexel University School of Public Health (Master of Public Health Degree, 2006).
Professionally she has practiced in a variety of settings working with vulnerable populations, such as prisoners and mothers and babies. Practice areas include: in-patient pediatrics, home health, prisons, schools, and group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Research activities included the study of detained adolescent females in Philadelphia, maternal and child fatalities, diversity in nursing, and community/public health nursing faculty. Currently, Monica is a co-investigator of grant-funded research focusing on competency-based workforce development of public health nurses and baccalaureate nursing faculty.
Monica has shared her public health nursing knowledge and skills with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in community health, maternity, and pediatrics in the clinical and didactic areas. She imparts her knowledge of how the social determinants of health impact vulnerable communities. She teaches CPR and First Aid to healthcare workers and community members and has presented workshops on various topics to community groups. For Monica, community factors and social issues manifest in chronic disease and she asserts healthcare practitioners must consider social determinants of health when addressing population health needs. Cognizance of this fact and willingness to address the many factors that prohibit optimal health for the populations we work with is at the forefront of her practice.