2004 -- Ph.D.
Oxford Brookes University
1999-2000 University of Colorado
Doctoral Program in Nursing – first year of core courses
1999 -- MSN University of Colorado
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing – Infant Mental Health Focus
1986 -- AA
1987 -- BSN
Mount St. Mary’s College
Los Angeles, CA Nursing
1981 -- BS
New York University, New York, NY
Dance Education and Therapy
- Advanced Holistic Nurse – Board Certified AHNCC
- 2001 End of Life Nursing Education Curriculum (ELNEC)
- 1999 Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) Certified
- 1997 Institute of Heartmath Level One
- 1995 Infant Massage Instructor
- 1994 Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute
- 1991 Foot Zone Therapy. Centre for Alternativ Medisin, Kristiansand, Norway
- 1984 Certified Foot Reflexology/ Aromatherapy/ Hydrotherapy. Practitioner and Instructor OMA Method
- 1984 Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu (Mother’s Touch)
- 2013 ZUMBA Dance Instructor – Licensed in ZUMBA Basic and ZUMBA Toning
Libster, M. (2012). The Nurse-Herbalist: Integrative Insights for Holistic Practice. Golden Apple Publications.com.
Libster, M. and McNeil, B.A. (2009). Enlightened Charity: The holistic care, education and “Advices Concerning the Sick” of Sister Matilda Coskery, (1799-1870). Golden Apple Publications.com.
Libster, M. (2004). Herbal Diplomats: The contribution of early American nurses (1830-1860) to 19th century health care reform and the Botanical Medical Movement. Golden Apple Publications.com.
Libster, M. (2002). Delmar’s integrative herb guide for nurses. Delmar/International Thomson Learning.
Libster, M. (2001). Demonstrating care: The art of integrative nursing. Delmar/International Thomson Learning.
CD-ROMs and Book Chapters
Libster, M. (2012 -- In Press) A History of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Potter & Moller, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: From Suffering to Hope.
Libster, M. (2002). Delmar’s Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses. Delmar/International Thomson Learning. CD – ROM with video instruction on herbal applications.
Libster, M. (2011) Lessons Learned from a History of Perseverance and Innovation in Academic-Practice Partnerships. Journal of Professional Nursing. 27 (6) : e76-e81.
Libster, M., Mulaudzi, M., Collins, S., Liang, O., Southworth, J., Long, M.(2010). Tradition Meets Technology: Building Caring Community Online. ANS: Advances in Nursing Science, 33(4),362-375.
Libster, M. (2010). Guest Editorial - From Flame to Bonfire: A Call for Companions. Curationis, 33(1),3.
Libster, M. (2009). Guest Editorial - Behind the Shield: A Perspective on H1N1 from the Inner Terrain. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 27(4), 218-221.
Libster, M. (2009). A History of Shaker Nurse-herbalism, health reform, and the American Botanical Medical Movement (1830-1860). Journal of Holistic Nursing, 27(4), 222-231.
Mulaudzi, F. M., Libster, M. M., & Phiri, S. (2009). Suggestions for creating a welcoming nursing community: Ubuntu, cultural diplomacy, and mentoring. International Journal of Human Caring, 13(2), 45-51.
Libster, M. M. (2008). Perspectives on the History of Self Care. Self-Care, Dependent-Care and, Nursing, 16 (2), 8-17.
Libster, M. M. (2008). Nursing in the Garden Laboratory and Kitchen Clinic. Beginnings, 28 (4), 4-7.
Libster, M. M. (2008). Commentary and Plant Perspective on Hypericum and Nurses: A Comprehensive Literature Review on the Efficacy of St. John's Wort in the treatment of depression. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26 (3), 208-211.
Libster, M. (2008). Elements of Care: Nursing Environmental Theory in Historical Context. Holistic Nursing Practice, 22(3), 160-170.
2010. Visiting Research Scientist. Northwest University, Mafikeng, South Africa. Funded Medical Research Council of South Africa.
2005 Lavinia Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing -- Book Publication, American Association for the History of Nursing - Herbal Diplomats
2004 Invited Speaker, World Health Organization, Geneva. Traditional Medicine and Nursing.
Keynotes, Panels, Papers, Workshops:
April, 2013 – Featured Speaker: Plants as Partners in Caring. International Association of Human Caring Circle of Caring International Teleconference.
October, 2012 - Building Caring Community: Current Trends and Issues in Complementary Therapies and Nursing Around the World. 5th Asian-Pacific International Conference on Complementary Nursing. Bangkok, Thailand.
July, 2012 - C. Nolley, T. Labriola, and M. Libster. Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit 2012: More than Classes and Credits -- Leveraging Collaborate for Community Building and Culture Change. New Orleans, LA.
May, 2012 - The Global Tea House: Creating Caring Community – Elders, Earth, and Elements. Symposium with Dr. Mavis Mulaudzi and Dr. Margaret Moss. International Association of Human Caring Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
May, 2012 - Herbal Medicine Making Workshop. Chicago, IL.
May, 2012 - Science of Energy Flow, 4-day workshop, Golden Apple Healing Arts, Chicago, IL Continuing Ed for Nurses and Massage Therapists.
Jan/Feb, 2012 - Webinar Course: The Nurse Herbalist. Golden Apple Healing Arts.
May, 2011 - Science of Energy Flow, four-day workshop, Golden Apple Healing Arts, Chicago, Illinois. Continuing Ed for Nurses and Massage Therapists.
June, 2010 - Beyond the Chaos: Innovation and Original Thought in Nursing Science, University of Pretoria School of Nursing, Pretoria, South Africa.
June, 2010 - Enlightened Charity: Reforming the Care of the Insane in 19th Century Maryland, Conference-History of Women Religious, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.
November, 2009 - International Webinar Healing Traditions and Nursing –
Director and Presenter: Plants, Perception, and Partnership.
November, 2009 - Special Session – Organizer of The Global Tea House and Presenter of Cultural Diplomacy and Healing Traditions. Paper presentation - Following the Roots of Care: Research utilization and botanical remedies in nursing.
Sigma Theta Tau Biennium. Indianapolis, IN, USA
April, 2009 - Enlightened Charity and the Way of the Healer. Sigma Theta Tau Omicron Omega Chapter Research and Leadership Event, Arcata, California.
April, 2009 - The Nurse Doctor Game of the 1840s: To play or not to play. ECU Medical History Interest Group.
June, 2008 - Invited Keynote. 10th International Orem Society World Congress. Vancouver, British Columbia. Historical Perspective of Self Care.
May, 2008 - Faculty Development Full-Day Workshop on Integrative Nursing. University of Portland School of Nursing.
April, 2008 - Holism, Hermeticism, and the Elements of Environmental Care of mid-19th Century Nurses. 30th Anniversary International Association for Human Caring Conference. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
April, 2008 - Control Those Women: The Nurse Doctor Game in Early 19th century America. Women’s Studies Faculty. East Carolina University
February, 2008 - Cultural Diplomacy and the Bamboo Bridge Community - Beta Nu Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International. Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina University
November, 2007 - Creative Course Design for the 21st Century. Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina University.
November, 2007 - Herbal Diplomats. The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture. Atlanta Georgia. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
November, 2007 - Cultivating the Garden Within. Full-day Workshop. Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
November, 2007 - Panel – International Communities of Interest. Community Meeting -Baltimore, MD. Sigma Theta Tau International Biennium Convention.
September, 2007 - Elements of Care: The History of Nursing in Environmental Context. London, England. European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.
March, 2007 - Recipes and Remedies: Celebrating Women’s History Month. Washington, DC. United States Botanic Garden.
(PI) Libster, M. (2013) Near and Dear Sisters: The Spirit of Nursing in Antebellum Shaker Communities. Winterthur Research Fellowship. Funded.
Visiting Research Scientist in Nursing and Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Northwest University Mafikeng, South Africa. Funded by Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa. May – June, 2010.
(Consultant) Create and Implement 3-year curriculum on Healing Traditions for Midwifery Program. East Carolina University College of Nursing HRSA Grant on cultural diversity curriculum development. Bagley, B. (PD) Nurse midwifery education in rural and underserved North Carolina. Funded 2009-2012.
(PI) Libster, M. September, 2009. Translating Historical research: Application of 19th century findings to contemporary nursing practice. East Carolina University.
(PI) Libster, M. January, 2009. North Carolina Humanities Council. Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass — Black History Month. Funded.
(Visiting Lecturer) 2008 - 2009. Supported by NC Arts Council Grant – Folklife. Northside High School. Teaching herbal medicine making and healing traditions to health science students. Oral history video documentary project. Funded.
(Visiting Lecturer) 2007 - 2008. Back to Nature: The Rediscovery of Herbal Medicine. Northside High School. Beaufort County Schools, NC. Adams, E. (PD). Created curriculum and taught herbal medicine and healing traditions to senors interested in a career in the health professions. Funded.
(PI) Libster, M. & McNeil, Sister B. A. History. Title: Enlightened Charity: Holistic Nursing Care, Education, and the Advices Concerning the Sick of Sister Matilda Coskery (1799 – 1870). Two grants:
- East Carolina University Creative Activities Grant Summer 2007 $14,269 Funded
- Vincentian Studies Institute Research Grant Fall 2007 $10,000 Funded
(Founding Partner) Crossing the Bamboo Bridge – International community for education and research in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society in Nursing.
Research Areas / Interests:
History of Nineteenth Century Nursing, Health Reform and Nursing Education
History and Clinical Use of Botanical Therapies
Cultural Diplomacy-Mid range Theory Development
Healing Environments in Nursing (19th – 21st Centuries)
How Nurses Demonstrate Caring
Psychiatric Nursing: Infant Mental Health / Parenting
Self-care practices /Health care decision making
Integrative Care/Complementary Therapies
Ethics of Care
Community Building in Online and International Education
Associate Editor – Botanicals. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 2009 - Present
Professional Association Participation
- Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health
- Bamboo Bridge Founder / Director
- Sigma Theta Tau International – Nursing Honor Society
- American Holistic Nurses Association
- National League for Nursing
- International Association for Human Caring
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association
- National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- International Association of Infant Massage