Faculty Experts - Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Sharts-Hopko

Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, PhD Program

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nursing Education
  • Women's Health Issues


A professor and the Director of Villanova's PhD Program in Nursing, Dr. Sharts-Hopko is an expert in maternal-infant and women's health. She has published research on women's health perceptions during various health and life transitions, including menopause, hysterectomy, HIV/AIDS infection, childbearing in a foreign country and disability, and has lectured on health care topics all over the world. She worked nearly three years in Asia, and has served on two FDA advisory committees as well as the Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International. She spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve Nurse Corps.


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.S.N., Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Sharts-Hopko, N.C. (2013). "Tackling complex problems, building evidence for practice, and educating doctoral nursing students to manage the tension." Nursing Outlook, 61(2), 102-108.
  • Sharts-Hopko, N.C. (2012). "Health care reform: What does it mean for people living with HIV?" Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(2), 107-110.
  • Sharts-Hopko, N.C. (2010). "Lifestyle strategies for the prevention of vision loss." Holistic Nursing Practice, (24)5, 284-291.
  • Sharts-Hopko, N.C. (2010). "Oral intake during labor: A review of the evidence." MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 35(4), 197-203.
  • Condon, E. & Sharts-Hopko, N.C. (2010). Socialization of Japanese nursing students." Nursing Education Perspectives, (31)3, 167-170.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Indiana University School of Nursing Dean's Advisory Committee, 2011-present.
  • Treasurer, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2011-present. 
  • Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education site visitor, 2001-present.
  • National League for Nursing Certification Commission, 2006-2011.

Selected Research

  • Smeltzer, S., Sharts-Hopko, N.C., Cantrell, M.A. et al. "The effect ot teaching demands on research productivity of doctoral program faculty." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Educational Innovation in Nursing Grant, 2012-2014.

About Villanova

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