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DNP, University of Kentucky, 2012
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1998
BSN, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1976


Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


Joanne  Matthews, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN-CS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Joanne Matthews holds a dual position as course coordinator for the psychiatric/ mental health nursing course in the undergraduate program and psychiatric clinical liaison nurse for UK HealthCare. Prior to taking on this dual role, she managed the inpatient psychiatric unit at UK Chandler Hospital for 10 years and an acute care unit for two years.
Matthews has worked or taught in a wide variety of specialties and settings including psychiatry, obstetrics, medical-surgical, and oncology. She has also served as a poison center frontline care provider. This latter position included professional conference planning and community education on poison prevention and treatment. She has held certifications in chemotherapy administration and poison (toxicology) information. She is a nationally certified trainer in non-violent crisis prevention intervention and provides this training to UK hospital staff. Since 1999 she has held her national certification as a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing.
Matthews' current responsibilities focus on workplace communication and conflict resolution and patient care issues. She assists the nursing staff in providing safe, effective and optimal care to patients experiencing challenging psychiatric symptoms during medical admissions. In April 2008 Matthews received the UK Hospital Core Value of the Year Award for Innovation for her work in helping the nursing staff provide patient safety resource alternatives for high risk patients.
Matthews is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and is a founding and continuing member of the Kentucky chapter. At the national association’s annual conference in 2010, the psychiatric clinical faculty won first place for their poster titled: “A Community Mental Health Clinical Project to Promote Mental Health, Engage Undergraduate Students and Serve the Community.”


Matthews, J.M. (2012). Be Honest in the Emergency Room. Lexington Herald Leader.

Lynch, M. A., Howard, P. B., El-Mallakh, P. , Matthews, J. M. (2008). Assessment and management of the hospitalized suicidal patient. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 46 (7), 45-52.

Matthews, J. M. (2005). Behavioral conditions: Psychiatric considerations. In Fultz, J., & Sturt, P. (Ed.), Mosby’s emergency nursing reference guide ( 3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.


Matthews, J.M. (2013, November).  Using cognictive rehearsal and Crucial Conversation techniques to address workplace bullying in the hospital setting. University of Kentucky Nursing Research Papers Day, Lexington, KY.

Matthews, J.M. (2013, October).  Emergency Department Suicide Risk Assessment Protocol. American Psychiatric Nurses Association 27th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Matthews, J.M., Beebe, L.M. (2013, May).  Teaching Students Suicide Assessment in Acute Care – High Risk Screening and Baseline Skills. 9th Annual Faculty Development Workshop: Preparing Tomorrow’s Professional Nurses for Today’s Changing World, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington, KY.

Matthews, J.M. (2013, February).  Suicide risk assessment in the emergency department. Advanced Practice Conference, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY.

Matthews, J.M. (2012, May).  Psychiatric disabilities. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seminar, Lexington, KY.

Matthews, J.M. (2011, May).  A community based clinical project to promote mental health, engage undergraduate nursing students and serve the community. 2011 Annual Conference of the National Council, Partnering with the Workforce: Developing Nursing Student Programs, San Diego, CA.

Matthews, J.M. (2011, May).  Communication saves - silence kills. UK Grand Rounds, UK Healthcare personnel, University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, KY.

Staten, R.R., Matthews, J.M., Beebe, L.M., Cheves, E.P., Rohr, J.M. (2010, October).  A community mental health clinical project to promote mental health, engage undergraduate students and serve the community. American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Louisville, KY.

Matthews, J.M. (2010, October).  A nursing time based psychiatric inpatient acuity tool for assessing medical and psychiatric co-morbidity. National Conference, American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Louisville, KY.