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Persis Hamilton, Nursing CEU writer

Persis Mary Hamilton EdD, MSN, BSN, PHN, PMHN

Persis Mary Hamilton


Persis Hamilton has a rich background in nursing, nursing education, and writing. She has written 14 nursing textbooks for two major publishers. Now retired, Persis taught for more than 40 years in vocational, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, served as item writer for the League for Nursing, and was the principle speaker at numerous CE workshops. She has also conducted research in Micronesia and Guam. She is the former Lead Nurse Planner for Wild Iris Medical Education.


  • Stanford University, BS, Nursing, Biological Science
  • University of California, Berkeley, Teaching Credential
  • University of California, San Francisco, MS, Community Mental Health, Community Health
  • University of San Francisco, EdD, Curriculum & Instruction, Cognitive Psychology
  • Shasta-Diablo Planned Parenthood, Psych-Mental Health Certificate, 2-year internship


  • Experimental study, doctoral dissertation: "The Effect of Behavioral Objectives & Visual Design on Learning from a Textbook"
  • Descriptive study: "Expression of the Emotions of Anger, Fear, and Sadness"
  • Field study: "Suicide in Micronesia, Causes and Interventions"


  • "Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety", Therapist Roundtable, APNA California Chapter Newsletter, June 2003.
  • Realities of Contemporary Nursing. Addison-Wesley Benjamin Cummings Publishing Co, ed 1: 1992, ed 2: 1996.
  • Basic Pediatric Nursing. C.V. Mosby Co ed 1: 1970, ed 2: 1974, ed 3: 1978, ed 4: 1982, ed 5: 1987,ed 6: 1991, Spanish translation: ed 5: 1991, Dutch and Danish translations: ed 4: 1987; ed 6: 1992.
  • Basic Maternity Nursing. C.V. Mosby Co ed 1: 1967, ed 2: 1971, ed 3:1975, ed 4: 1979, ed 5: 1984, ed 6: 1989, Spanish translations: ed 1: 1970, ed 3:1979, ed 4: 1984, Dutch translations: ed 4: 1982, ed 5: 1987, ed 6: 1989.
  • "Caring for an Infant with a Cleft Lip-palate", Nursing 82, 12:2, Oct, 1982.
  • "The Effect of Behavioral Objectives and Visual Design on Learning from a Textbook Chapter: A Study of Nursing Students." Dissertation abstract, Journal of Nursing Education 21:12 October 1982.
  • Learning from a Textbook Chapter: A Study of Nursing Students. University of San Francisco, 1982.


  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses in California
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Gamma Chapter
  • National League of American Pen Women, Inc, Napa Valley Branch
  • Stanford Nurse Alumnae

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