Specializing as a psychiatric nurse, former Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Judith Karshmer is an innovative leader of nursing education who has brought forth new, contemporary programming in nursing schools throughout the country by developing partnerships with fellow universities and local hospitals. Dr. Karshmer’s current work is focused on taking nursing education at USF to a new level of “evidence-based education”, designed to positively impact patient safety and improve the quality of care.

Dr. Karshmer holds several offices within health organizations throughout the Bay Area and nation. During her tenure years at USF, she has expanded the majors offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that include, but are not limited to, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with tracks in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Leadership as well as new programs such as the Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation and Health Informatics. With the expanded degree offerings and growth of the School, Dr. Karshmer continually seeks to strengthen the relationship of USF School of Nursing & Health Professions within the Bay Area.

Recently, Dr. Karshmer was appointed as a Health Commissioner to the San Francisco Health Commission, by Mayor Ed Lee; further expanding her impact and work within the city. As her ambition puts the School of Nursing & Health Professions on the leading edge of health services education, it also places her in the forefront of Public Health as a Commissioner for the citizens of San Francisco. 

After 10 years as dean, Dr. Karshmer stepped down in mid-August 2016. She is planning a sabbatical to work on developing the infrastructure for a USF Integrated Health Clinic and Lab that will provide holistic services to the USF community and, as part of Engage San Francisco, to residents in the Western Addition. The clinic will be unique in that every provider will be a faculty member and every patient encounter will be a learning experience for students. The interprofessional nature of the school provides the perfect scaffolding for this integraded, team-based care.

PhD, Social Psychology, New Mexico State University
MS, Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts
MSN, Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
BSN, University of Iowa

Berman, A., Beazley, B., Karshmer J., Prion, S., Van, P., Wallace, J., & West, N. (2014). Competence Gaps Among Unemployed New Nursing Graduates Entering a Community-Based Transition-to-Practice Program. Journal of Nursing Education, 39(2) 56-61.

Jones-Bell, J., Karshmer, J., Berman, A., Prion, S., Van, P., Wallace, J., & West, N. (2014). Collaborative academic/practice transition program for new graduate RNs in community settings: lessons learned. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(6) 259-264.

Wallace, J., Berman, A., Karshmer, J., Prion, S., Van, P., & West, N. (2014). Economic aspects of community-based, academic-practice transition programs for unemployed new nursing graduates. Journal of Nurses Professional Development, 30(5) 237-241.

West, N., Berman, A., Karshmer, J., Prion, S., Van, P., & Wallace, J. (2014). Preparing new graduate nurses for practice in multiple settings: Community-based academic-practice partnership model. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(6) 252-256.

Beal, J., Alt-While, A., Erickson, J., Everett, L., Fleshner, I., Karshmer, J., Swider, S., & Gale, S. (2012). Academic Practice Partnerships: A National Dialogue. Journal of Professional Nursing, 28(6) 327-332.

Everett, L., Bowers, B., Beal, J., White, Alt-White, A., Erickson, J., Gale, S., Gergely, S., Flishern, I., Karshmer, J., & Swider, S. (2012). Academic-Practice Partnerships Fuel Future Success. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(12) 554-556.

Karshmer, J. (2012) Is a Clinical Experience in Maternal Child Health Critical to the Education of Baccalaureate Nursing Students? 2nd Opinion. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 37(6) 358-9.

Karshmer, J. (2010). Leadership for academic-service partnerships: A mandate for the profession. Nurse Leader, 8(2) 52-55.

Seed, M., Torkelson, D., & Karshmer, J. (2009). The Clinical Nurse Leader: Helping Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses transform their practice. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 47(10), 8-9.

Karshmer, J., Seed, D., & Torkelson, D. (2009). The Clinical Nurse Leader: How will the role affect psychiatric Nursing? Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 47(10) 8-9.

MacIntyre, R., Murray, T., Teel, C., & Karshmer, J. (2009). Five recommendations for pre-licensure clinical nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 48 (8), 447-453.

Hales, A., Karshmer, J., Williams, J, Mann, J., & Robbins, L. (2004). Preparing for prescriptive privileges: A standard for the psychiatric-mental health preceptorship. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 40(3): 93-103.

Hales, A., Karshmer, J., Montes-Sandoval, L., Glasscock, F., Summers, L., & Williams, J. (2003). The role of the CNS in the public school. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice. 17(2): 95-100.

Klassen, P., Karshmer, J., & Lile, J. (2002). Research-based practice: Applying the standard in nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education. 41, 121-124.

Summers, L., Williams, J. & Karshmer, J. (2001). Integrated behavioral health: A nurse practitioner -Clinical nurse specialist cooperative. The 2001 Sourcebook for Advanced Practice Nurse. 20-22.

Koenes, S, & Karshmer, J. (2000). Depression: A comparison study between blind and sighted adolescents. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 21, 1-12.

Ford, T., Karshmer, J., & Hales, A. (2000). Using standards of Practice and key clinical points for teaching psychiatric-mental health nursing. Nurse Educator, 25(3) 28-23.

Hales, A., Karshmer, J., Montes-Sandoval, L., & Fiszbein, A. (1998). Preparing for prescriptive privileges: A CNS-physician collaborative model. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advance Nursing Practice, 12(2) 73-81.

Karshmer, J. & Hales, A. (1997). The role of the psychiatric CNS in the emergency department. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 11(6) 264-268.

Karshmer, J. & Karshmer, A. (1995). Hand-held computing in the patient care setting: A pilot project. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 19, 7-11.

Borges, W, Karshmer, J., & Summers, L. (1995) Psychiatric emergency service: A model for nursing consultation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 25 (1), 31-38.

Karshmer, J. (1993) Patient care blueprints: An innovation for comprehensive patient care management. Nursing Professional Reports, Department of Nursing, New Mexico State University.

Karshmer, J. (1992). Nine rules of thumb to make communications work. Nursing Management, 23(11), 80I-80P.

Karshmer, J. (1991). Expert nursing diagnoses the link between nursing care plans and patient classification systems. Journal of Nursing Administration, 21(1), 31-39.

Karshmer, J. (1990.) Student developed nursing care plans: A doomed educational expectation. Accepted for publication in Nursing Outlook. (To appear in either Nursing Outlook or Nursing and Health Care.)

Karshmer, J. (1990). Just say yes. Nursing '90, November, 124-128.

Karshmer, J. (1982). Rules of thumb: Hints for the psychiatric nursing student. Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, 20(3), 25-29.

Karshmer, J., Kornfeld-Jacobs, G., & Carr, A. (1980) Causal attributions: Bias in the nurse-patient relationship. Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, 18(5), 25-30.

Berger, S., Carli, L., Hammersla. K, Karshmer, J., & Sanchez, M. (1979) Motoric and symbolic mediation in observational learning. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37(5), 735-746.

Karshmer, J. (1978) The application of social learning theory to aggression. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 16(5-6), 223-227.

LaMonica, E., & Karshmer, J. (1978) Empathy: Educating nurses in professional practice. Journal of Nursing Education, 17(2), 3-11.

Kornfeld-Jacobs, G., & Karshmer, J. (1977) A collaborative model for university teaching education and agency staff development. Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, 1977, 15 (11), 15-22.

Karshmer, J. (1974) Simulations and games as growth group experiences. NBS Publication #395, Simulation and Gaming, June, 312-315.


Levine. J., Chairperson, Wells, S., Jones-Bell, J., Cotton, M., Dannemeyer, D., Evans, M., Karshmer, J., McClendon, S., Mills, J., Parker, N., Przeklasa, C., Roach, A., Schubert, P., Tinker, D., & Wooding, M. (2014). Ambulatory Registered Nurse Residency White Paper –The Need for an Ambulatory Nurse Residency Program. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. Accessed June 14, 2014.

Book Chapters

Karshmer, J. (1989). Human sexuality. In Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - The Therapeutic Use of Self. L. Birckhead (Ed.) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 549-566.

Karshmer, J. (1988). Health Schemata: Development and Expectancy Effects. Doctoral Dissertation. Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University.


Karshmer, J., Lile, J., & Klassen, P. (1998). Research Based Skills Manuals. (Comprehensive, research-based teaching manuals, including: handwashing, vital signs (temperature, respiration, blood pressure) wound care, dressing change, NG tubes, indwelling catheters, application of heat and cold, restraints, backrub, IM injections, positioning, ROM, isolation techniques and universal precautions]. Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University, Department of Nursing.

Karshmer, J. (1989.) Nursing diagnoses based patient classification system. Guidelines for Nursing Practice. LasCruces, NM: Mesilla Valley Hospital Practice Standards.

Karshmer, J. (1988). Psychiatric Nursing - A practical approach. An eight-part video course for psychiatric nursing staff development used for orientation training at the Mesilla Valley Hospital (Las Cruces, NM) and affiliate hospitals.


RN Transition to Practice Program. Center to Champion Nurses in America, Reinhard, S., Farmer, P., West, N., Swift, G., Wilson, D., & Karshmer, J. March 27, 2014.

Harnessing the Power of Community Partners to Change Practice. America Association of Colleges of Nursing, J. Karshmer, J. Jones-Bell, & West, N. November 21, 2013.

Awards & Distinctions
  • San Francisco General Hospital – Outstanding Community Leader (2014)
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area (2013)
  • New Mexico Nurse Educator of the Year (1994) New Mexico Nurses Association
  • Donald C. Rouch Award for Teaching Excellence (1992), New Mexico University
  • New Mexico Nurse Researcher of the Year (1981), New Mexico Nurses Association