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Scarlet R. Spain, DNP, MPH, APRN, CNS, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner


Here's some quick info about me...

I'm Scarlet Spain! I am excited that you are here. I am an occupational health nurse practitioner (with over 15 years of experience as a NP), a healthcare consultant working specifically with occupational health concerns, and an Assistant Professor and DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Program Director. I am passionate about keeping employees safe while at work and teaching our future generations of nurse practitioners. Take a look around my site and let me know if we can work together! 

Back Pain

Lower back pain is a significant global health concern. It is the leading cause of disability and missed workdays globally and accounts for high costs for the healthcare system and employers. I am conducting a back pain prevention project for heavy industrial workers to increase knowledge to help prevent future episodes of back pain. If you are interested in participating, click here!


About Me

Scarlet R. Spain, DNP, MPH, APRN, CNS, FNP-BC is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in occupational and environmental medicine. She has held both management and wellness positions and has been actively involved in research, teaching, and policy development in her tenure. Dr. Spain is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Director, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program Director, and an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. She additionally maintains clinical expertise in various occupational health settings as an occupational and environmental medicine nurse practitioner. Dr. Spain also is employed as an occupational health consultant where she advises on healthy workforces and scope of practice for advanced practice providers amongst other occupational medicine topics. Dr. Spain’s current research involves prevention of back pain and injury while at work. 


Dr. Spain has been awarded multiple awards and recognized for her work and her impact in occupational and environmental medicine. She has been recognized by the American Public Health Association as a Public Health Nursing Scholar and was elected to serve on the Nation’s Health Advisory Committee. She has published her works in The Nurse Practitioner and authored multiple textbook chapters as well as currently holding an editor in chief position. She is a recognized public speaker. Her current interests involve public health topics as they relate to occupational medicine. 

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The NP Professor


Prof. Spain's podcasts provide valuable insights for those interested in the role of a nurse practitioner (NP). With a focus on responsibilities, job outlook, and stresses associated with being an NP, Scarlet offers authentic and reliable information. Her podcasts cover the demand for NPs, growth opportunities, and the challenges they face. Scarlet's supportive approach addresses stress management and self-care. Her engaging content is accessible to aspiring NPs at different stages of their journey. Overall, Prof. Spain's podcasts are a must-listen resource for individuals considering a career as an NP or those interested in learning more about the vital role that Nurse Practitioners fulfill.

I'm Currently Employed as...


Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner- Community Health Care Systems

I am an occupational health nurse practitioner in Northwest Indiana with Community Health Care Systems. We have multiple community clinics and offer on-site occupational medicine services, including surveillance, injury treatment, and preventative services.


Assistant Professor/ DNP Program Director Valparaiso University 

Passionate about teaching, I started working as an adjunct Professor in 2015. In 2018, I transitioned into a full-time academic role. I serve as the DNP Director, FNP Program Director, and Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame. Our program prepares both adult- gerontology nurse practitioners (AGNP) and family nurse practitioners (FNP). Additionally, we have started a partnership with GuideStar Eldercare to offer a one year certificate to practicing advanced practice registered nurses looking to specialize in geriatric neuropsychology.  


Medix Occupational Health Consultant

I work for Medix as an occupational health consultant. My expertise involves safety, law, OSHA, and other occupational health concerns. I also provide consulting related to the scope of practice and other state-specific regulations for NP practice and PA practice. Medix accepts clients outside of the company. If you want to chat about consulting work, please contact Medix directly. 


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