School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Sharon Milne, Ph.D., RN-BC

Academic Title

Associate Clinical Professor, Nursing

Research Interests

  • Restraint and Seclusion
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance Use/Abuse Disorders
  • Moral Distress in Psychiatric Nurses
  • De-institutionalization: Incarcerated Mentally Ill Individuals
  • Mental Illness and Homelessness

Research Summary

My area of research focuses on the reduction in the use of restraint and seclusion when appropriate and/or alternatives to the use of four-point restraints in emergency situations. I have also researched the concept of moral distress within the psychiatric nursing profession.


  • Ph.D., Nursing, Endicott College
  • MSN, Nursing, Salem State College
  • MA, Criminal Justice, Anna Maria College
  • BA, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychiatric Nursing

Recent Publications

The restraint chair: A qualitative study of nurses’ experience with the restraint chair versus four point restraint- Archives of Psychiatric Nursing Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages 2-6

Licenses and Certifications

  • Massachusetts License: Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse