Margaret Rhoads Scharf, D.N.P., P.M.H.N.C.N.S.-BC, F.N.P.-BC, P.M.H.N.P.

Margaret Scharf

Clinical Associate Professor & Program Director for PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road, SN-5N
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-6448
Fax: 503 494-7783

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Margaret Scharf, DNP has been involved in nursing education for over 30 years. She has taught psychiatric nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level throughout her career. She has practiced as an APN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing since 1983 and added a specialty as an FNP in 1995. Dr. Scharf worked on the NONPF PMHNP competencies (2013) and chaired the ISPN Child and Adolescent Division from 2011-13.

I am interested in identifying models of health care that can provide mental health care in a humane and just manner and how measuring the outcomes of mental health practice can improve care within the changing health care system.


Post Master's certificate University of Nebraska Medical Center
MS University of Minnesota
BSN, BA University of North Dakota
BA Duke University


Teaches in the DNP and PMHNP program. She is a frequent guest lecturer on psychiatric nursing and mental health in primary care.

Practice Activities

Dr. Scharf currently works as a PMHNP. Her clinical work focuses on improving the physical health of people with persistent mental illness and other QI initiatives.

Service activities

Member APNA, ISPN, NONPF OSBN APRN Rules Advisory Committee: Education and Scope of Practice


NONPF (2013). Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Competencies for PMHNP Programs

Weber, M., Delaney, K., Snow, D., Scharf, M., McCoy, K. (2012). Integrating the Q-SEN competencies into a PMHNP program. Archives in Psychiatric Nursing, 21(8)***

Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Nursing Teaching-Learning Council (2009). Best Practices in Nursing Education, National League of Nursing Publications. [author of ethics and communication teaching sections]***

Kelly, S., Pate, M.F., Scharf, M., & Westfall, S. (2009). I'm more than my physiology: Adolescent trauma patient in the PICU. AACN Advanced Critical Care,20(2), 140-143. [article reprinted Dec, 2009 issue with CE credits]***