Erin Hartnett


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Erin Hartnett

Director, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP)

1 212 998 5288

433 First Ave
Room 623
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Erin Hartnett, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAAN is the Program Director of the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program. This unique high-impact national initiative addresses oral health, a critical population health issue, and a Healthy People 2020 leading health indicator. As Program Director, Hartnett has developed, implemented, and evaluated a replicable model for integrating interprofessional oral health competencies through faculty, preceptor, and clinician development and curriculum integration in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, as well as establishing “best practices” in clinical settings. 

Hartnett plays a national leadership role in promoting oral health in the local, national, and global communities. She developed interprofessional community oral health programs in the Bronx at RAIN Senior Centers and is a co-investigator for the Comparative Effectiveness of School-Based Caries Prevention Programs for Children in Underserved, Low Income, Hispanic Communities which provides dental services to 60 schools in the Bronx. Hartnett has developed a national oral health education program for the National League of Nursing and the Nurse Family Partnership. Her numerous oral health products are promoted by many leading nursing organizations (NLN, AACN, NAPNAP, OADN, ACNM). She has assisted the Alaska Primary Care Association and a Global Oral Health Scholar from Tanzania to develop culturally sensitive oral health programs. Her expertise in oral health has been recognized internationally as the keynote speaker for the launch of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health in Melbourne and as Honorary Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Western Sydney University. 

Hartnett is a pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive clinical experience in pediatric and adolescent primary care and pediatric neuro-oncology. She continues to share her pediatric expertise by teaching in the NYU Rory Meyers pediatric nurse practitioner program. Prior to coming to NYU Meyers, she specialized in pediatric neuro-oncology at NYU Langone Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. In addition to caring for children being treated for brain tumors, she developed a Long-Term Follow-Up Program for survivors of pediatric brain tumors, initiated and coordinated the pediatric oncology dental program, collaborated on a national and an international tissue donation program, and imported the first Cuban manufactured drug to the US for use in pediatric brain tumors. Hartnett was chosen as a member of the first Oncology Nursing Delegation to Cuba where she presented to the Havana pediatric oncology team.
She was invited to be an Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing with her own column Oncology Essentials where she mentored and focused on featuring new nursing authors.

Hartnett’s longtime commitment as an experienced public service volunteer includes being a Board Member of the Friends of Channel Thirteen where she led an initiative to partner PBS Learning Media specialists with NYC hospital schoolteachers to develop exciting teaching methods and share PBS resources with teachers of hospitalized children. Hartnett also serves on the National Dental Association (NDA) Editorial Advisory Board and NDA Interprofessional Student Leaders National (IPSL) Advisory Committee. The NDA goals are to improve the delivery of oral health care in underserved communities and improve the educational opportunities of minorities underrepresented in the oral health field. Hartnett works with the NDA IPSL to develop a program uniquely suited for minority student leaders to strengthen the health leadership pipeline dedicated to diversity health equity as a matter of social justice. Hartnett was invited to be a founding member of the White House COVID-19 Community Corp which was launched by VP Kamala Harris and Surgeon General Murthy in April 2021.  This is a nationwide, grassroots network of trusted community leaders to increase vaccine confidence as part of the COVID-19 public education campaign. Hartnett was also invited to be a member of the White House Health Group on Vaccine Confidence. Hartnett is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and administers the COVID vaccine in Monmouth County and at Xavier Mission NYC for the underserved.

MA, Irish Studies - NYU (2021)
DNP - NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
MSN/PNP - Seton Hall University
MS - Wagner College
BSN - Georgetown University

Oral-systemic health
Primary care

AAPD Inter-professional Study of Oral Health in Primary Care Advisory Board
American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
Association of Public Television Stations’ Advocacy Council
Association of Public Television Stations’ Leadership Council
DOHMH Oral Health Task Force
Eastern Research Nursing Society
Medical Reserve Corps
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
National Dental Association (NDA) Editorial Advisory Board
National Inter-professional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH)
National League for Nursing
National Oral Health Alliance
National Organization for Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (NOHAP)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
NDA Inter-professional Student Leaders National Advisory Committee
New York Academy of Medicine
North American Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future Expert Panel
Oncology Nursing Society
Public Broadcasting System Board of Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc.
Sigma Theta Tau Upsilon Chapter
White House COVID-19 Community Corp Founding Member
White House Health Group on Vaccine Confidence

Faculty Honors Awards

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2020)
Honorary Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Western Sydney University (2019)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner (2019)
Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (2019)
Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education of Patient/Family Education Award (2018)
Georgetown University Outstanding Alumna Award (2017)
Irish Educator 100 Award (2016)
Irish Educator 100 Award (2015)
Maes-MacInnes Award, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing (2014)
Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2012)
Advanced Practice Award, NYU Langone Medical Center (2012)
Tribute to Nurses Innovation Award, New York Times (2012)
Survivor Alert Project (2007)
Tribute to Nurses Honorable Mention, New York Times (2006)


Attaining interprofessional competencies by connecting oral health to overall health

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Making the case for interprofessional education and practice collaboration to address rising rates of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers

Haber, J., Hartnett, E., Feldman, L. M., & Cipollina, J. E. (2021). Journal of Dental Education. 10.1002/jdd.12752

Promoting oral health for mothers and children: A nurse home visitor education program

Haber, J., Hartnett, E., Hille, A., & Cipollina, J. (2020). Pediatric Nursing, 46(2), 70-76.
The objective of this project was to determine if Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) nurses who received an oral health education session increased their oral health knowledge and practice behavior contributing to positive client oral health out-comes. A quasi-experimental design was used to investigate the impact of expo-sure to the oral health evidence-based curriculum on NFP nurses and clients. The oral health interventions took place during nurse home visits. The sample included 4 nurses from the Miami Florida NFP, a comparison group of 10 non-Miami NFP nurses, and 27 Miami NFP clients. A web-based 13-item nurse pre-post survey was used to assess the impact of oral health education on NFP nurs-es’ oral health knowledge and practice behaviors. A 10-item pre-post telephone survey was conducted with NFP clients to assess their oral health behaviors for self and child. Following an oral health educational session, NFP nurses demon-strated an increase in their oral health knowledge and developed evidence-based oral health practice behaviors. Clients who were given oral health education incorporated this into their childcare, which was associated with significantly improved oral health outcomes. It is recommended that NFP nurses integrate oral health as a standard of patient care in home visit assessments, education, and documentation throughout pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood.

Senior oral health: A community-based, interprofessional educational experience for nursing and dental students

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The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Oral Health Clerkship on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes

Hartnett, E., Haber, J., Catapano, P., Dougherty, N., Moursi, A. M., Kashani, R., Osman, C., Chinn, C., & Bella, A. (2019). Journal of Dental Education, 83(8), 878-886. 10.21815/JDE.019.088
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative pediatric interprofessional education clinical experience using oral-systemic health as the clinical population example for improving the self-reported interprofessional competencies of family nurse practitioner, dental, and medical students. The objectives of the interprofessional experience were for students to apply pediatric oral health assessment, identify the pediatric oral-systemic connection, and practice a team-based approach to improve oral-systemic outcomes. In spring 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016, a total of 162 family nurse practitioner, dental, and medical students participated in this interprofessional experience at Bellevue Pediatric Outpatient Clinics together with a pediatric dental resident. Team members collaborated in reviewing the patient chart, taking the patient's medical and dental history, performing an oral assessment, applying fluoride varnish, and providing education and anticipatory guidance. The Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS) was used as a pretest and posttest to evaluate the degree to which students perceived changes in their attitudes about interprofessional competencies following the learning experience. In the results, all students had improved mean scores from pretest to posttest after the experience, and these changes were statistically significant for all students: nurse practitioner (p<0.01), dentistry (p<0.01), and medicine (p<0.001). The mean change from pretest to posttest was statistically significant for each of the six interprofessional competency domains (p<0.01). In both pediatric dental and primary care settings, the changes from pre- to posttest were significant (p<0.001). The experience was similarly effective for all groups of students in increasing their attitudes about interprofessional collaboration. These findings suggest that a clinical approach can be an effective strategy for helping health professions students develop interprofessional competence.

Integrating Oral Health Curricula into Midwifery Graduate Programs: Results of a US Survey

Haber, J., Dolce, M. C., Hartnett, E., Savageau, J. A., Altman, S., Lange-Kessler, J., & Silk, H. (2019). Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 64(4), 462-471. 10.1111/jmwh.12974
Introduction: Midwives are a significant segment of the US maternal and primary health care workforce and play a pivotal role in addressing women's oral health care needs during pregnancy and throughout their life span. The purpose of this research was to assess oral health curricular integration in midwifery programs and examine factors that influence integration and satisfaction with graduates’ level of oral health competence. Methods: A cross-sectional, national survey of midwifery programs was conducted using an electronically distributed 19-item, self-administered questionnaire completed by the Directors of Midwifery Education. Data analysis included univariate and bivariate statistics. Results: All of the responding midwifery programs (N = 33) were educating their graduates about oral health; however, less than a quarter (22.6%) of program directors were satisfied with their graduates’ competency. Significant factors promoting integration were routine teaching by a dental professional and a formal relationship with a dental school, dental residency, or dental hygiene program. Programs with 4 or more hours of oral health curriculum were more likely to have a faculty oral health champion, use simulation in evaluation of their learners, and include interprofessional oral health education. Discussion: With adequate oral health education, midwives are ideally positioned to integrate oral health in pregnancy care as well as well woman care throughout the life span, thereby expanding access to oral health care.

The Interprofessional Role in Dental Caries Management: Impact of the Nursing Profession in Early Childhood Caries

Haber, J., & Hartnett, E. (2019). Dental Clinics of North America, 63(4), 653-661. 10.1016/j.cden.2019.05.002
Early childhood caries is a major unmet population health care need that negatively affects the overall health of children, especially those from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. Nurses and midwives who work with pregnant women to nurses and nurse practitioners who work with young children and their families have an opportunity to positively influence the health of these populations. Primary care settings are ideal for integrating oral health into the overall health care of children and adolescents. The nursing profession is well positioned to have a positive impact on oral health and, in so doing, their overall health.

Integrating oral health curricula into nurse practitioner graduate programs: Results of a US survey

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The impact of oral-systemic health on advancing interprofessional education outcomes

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Preventive dental care: An educational program to integrate oral care into pediatric oncology

Hartnett, E., & Krainovich-Miller, B. (2017). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21(5), 611-616. 10.1188/17.CJON.611-616
BACKGROUND: Early childhood dental caries (dental cavities) is an infectious process. The development of oral problems during cancer care results in pain, fever, and delay in treatment. OBJECTIVES:The objective of this project was to integrate preventive oral care into pediatric oncology care. METHODS: This project consisted of an educational program for pediatric oncology providers who completed pre- and postprogram surveys assessing oral health knowledge, attitudes, and practice; attended an oral health education session; and performed oral assessment and fluoride varnish application on children during cancer treatment. FINDINGS: Three major outcomes resulted from this project: (a) 15 nondental healthcare providers attended the education session and 11 became certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, (b) 53 pediatric patients with cancer received an oral assessment and fluoride varnish during the two-month project, and (c) oral health assessment and fluoride varnish was instituted as a standard of care.