faculty profile

Michele Martens   DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC

Assistant Professor


Michele Martens is a clinical instructor in the pre-specialty level and also serves at the clinical liaison for the Psychiatric- Mental Health rotations at VUSN. She is also a lab instructor and supervisor in the specialty year in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. 

In addition to her teaching, Michele has a private counseling practice in which she specializes in fertility counseling, third party reproductive counseling, implications counseling for donors and recipients and options counseling for family building.  

Meet Michele Martens [Video]


  • DNP, The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • BSN, Tennessee Technological University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Third party reproduction
  • Embryo donation
  • Embryo disposition options
  • Education and counseling and its influence on embryo disposition options
  • Infertility counseling
  • Infertility implications counseling and options
  • Reflective Practice
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Representative Publications


Martens, M., Schroer, M., Williams, T., & Kennedy, B. (2023). Identifying Mental Health Issues Associated With Infertility. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 19(2), doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.09.024

Martens, M., Williams, T., Weitzman, G., & Silva-Smith, A. (2023). Disposition Options for Cryopreserved Embryos: Results of an Educational Program. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 19(6), doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2023.104646

Clinical Practice

  • Integration of Theoretical and Clinical Aspects of Nursing I and II - Clinical Instructor
  • Theoretical Foundations and Practicum for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan
  • Practicum in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with Individuals, Groups and Families
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group
  • RESOLVE Professional
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association