Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale School of Nursing

Martha Swartz, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

SwartzProfessor of Nursing and Primary Care Division Chair

Division of Primary Care

Yale School of Nursing - Rm 21501
Yale University West Campus
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516


203.737.5710 fax


Martha K. Swartz is a Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Primary Care Division of the Master’s Program. She also holds a joint appointment as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center. Her undergraduate degrees are from Oberlin College and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She holds a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Her scholarly areas of interest include primary care of the newborn and preterm infant, health related quality of life in children with chronic illness, and editorial and publication practices in nursing. She is the recipient of the Virginia Henderson Clinical Scholarship Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Mu Chapter (1999), a University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Scholarship for Leadership Award (meritorious) from Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and has also held numerous offices for national professional associations, most recently as Secretary for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. 

Research Interests

Health related quality in children with chronic illness, parenting preterm infants, and editorial and publication practices in nursing.

Selected Publications

Swartz, M. (2015). Open access publishing: Scholarly or predatory? Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29, 121-122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.11.009

Swartz, M. (2015). What health care is learning from the aviation industry. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29, 1-2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.09.005

Swartz, M. (2014). Nurse practitioners: Who we are, and who we are not. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 475. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.07.005

Swartz, M. (2014). Commercial sexual exploitation of minors: Overlooked and     underreported. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 195-196. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.02.004

Scott, E. & Swartz, M. (epub ahead of print, July 8, 2014). Student Experiences on the HAVEN Free Clinic Leadership Board. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Silva, G., Swartz, M. & Maloney, S. (2014). Applying attachment theory to improve treatment adherence among chronically ill patients. The Nurse Practitioner, 39, 42 – 48.

Swartz, M. (2014). Critical theory as a framework for academic nursing practice.  Journal of Nursing Education, 53, 271-276. 

Kane, V. & Swartz, M. (2013). Hematologic disorders. In C. Burns, A. Dunn, M. Brady, N.       Starr & C. Blosser (Eds.), Pediatric primary care: a handbook for nurse practitioners     (5th ed., pp. 557 - 584). St. Louis: Elsevier Science. 

Swartz, M. (2013). Infant mortality revisited. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27,   407. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.09.003

Swartz, M. (2013). Who was Harriet Lane? Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.06.002

Swartz, M. (2013). A tribute to Donna Diers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27,     239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.03.006 

Swartz, M. (2013). Protecting the privacy rights of adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.11.007

Swartz, M. (2013). “This time there will be change”. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.01.006

Swartz, M. (2013). HINARI: Providing global access to health care information. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.09.007

Swartz, M. (2012). The contributions of student run free clinics. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.07.015 

Swartz, M. (2012). The range of scientific misconduct. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.06.002

Swartz, M. (2012). Update on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 159.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.02.002