Jeanine Young-Mason


Jeanine Young-Mason, RN,CS,EdD,FAAN, is Distinguished Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst and recent Co-Director of the Community Arts Health and Healing Project and the Franklin Medical Center Healing Environment Project Greenfield, MA. Concentrating now on the creation of healing, restorative environments in healthcare Young-Mason consulted to the Healing Environment Committee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and In-Patient Oncology Units of Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston where an indoor healing garden was inaugurated in the new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in January 2011.  (see feature articles:  and Healing.html)

For the past 27 years Young-Mason has written a column entitled Nursing and the Arts for Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice. She is author of States of Exile: Correspondences Between Art, Literature, and Nursing, 21 Words for Nurses, The Patient’s Voice: Experiences of Illness (Japanese translation published in Tokyo, March 2001) and Critical Moments: Doctor and Nurse Narratives and Reflections and essays in the nursing literature and Academic Medicine, Mobius, Agora, and CrossCurrents. In 1998 she was selected by the Chancellor’s Committee to give the Distinguished Faculty Lecture and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal.

Young-Mason has been invited to give numerous presentations based upon her work with art and literature and The Patient’s Voice. Her honorary lectureships include the 1998 Kemble Lecture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 1999 First Annual Frances Donovan Lecture at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. In 1999 Young-Mason was awarded the Edith Moore Copeland Award for Excellence in Creativity given by Sigma Theta Tau International Society for Nursing. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1994. In 2002, Young-Mason was named Distinguished University Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Young-Mason joined the faculty of the School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst from the Massachusetts General Hospital where she was clinical nurse specialist on the consultation-liaison nursing service and also clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Young-Mason taught Community Mental Health Nursing, Writing, Consultation in Advanced Practice Nursing and Qualitative Research. She integrated the arts and humanities into all of these courses. She was an active member of the UMass Arts Council for 14 years.

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, she holds a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Humanistic and Behavioral Studies from Boston University School of Education.

Her research has been funded by the University, Sigma Theta Tau International Society for Nursing and the Kittredge Foundation Harvard.