Faculty & Staff Directory

Carolyn Horne, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 4165G Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6451

Dr. Carolyn Horne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing Science. Her research focuses on symptom management in cardiovascular disease, as well as, frailty within this population. She has focused on self-management of neuropathic pain after ampuation surgery in her research.  She developed a desensitization protocol for post ampuation care that could be self-administered.


Dr. Horne’s academic career has focused on instruction of graduate students as advanced practice Clinical Nurse Specialists. Prior to her academic position, Dr. Horne worked in a large academic medical facility as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, providing advanced nursing practice care to vascular patients.  During her time working in vascular surgery, Dr. Horne began her research in the care of amputation patients. She began the Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group and peer visitation for amputees over ten years ago.

Research Interests

Neuropathic pain after amputation

Cardiovascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links


Referred Articles/Papers

Horne, C. E., Engelke, M., Schreier, A., Swanson, M. & Crane, P.B.  (in press, 2017).  Effects of tactile desensitization on postoperative pain following amputation surgery.  Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing.

Horne, C. E. (2012).  Transparency: A concept analysis.  Nursing Science Quarterly, 25(4), 326-331.

Horne, C. E. (2009).  Quality of life in patients with prosthetic legs-A comparison study.  Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 21(3), 154-159.

Book Chapters

Horne, C. (2016).  Advocacy. In R. Kaplow & S. Hardin (Eds.), Synergy for clinical excellence: The AACN synergy model for patient care (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Powell, C.S. & Horne, C.E. (2007). The bull of for-profit quality rating schemes.  Contemporary Surgery, 63(20), 593-94.



Collaborative Research Grant, Co-Principal Investigator. 2016-2017

Dissemination Grant, Principal Investigator. 2015-2016

Research Grant, Principal Investigator. 2011-2012

NCNA Research Grant, Co-Investigator. 2010-2011

Research Grant, Co-Investigator. 2004-2005

Refereed Presentations

Horne, C. E., May,K., Williams, S., Maultsby, D. (2012). Creating a Sustainable Role for the CNS in North Carolina. Presentation, NC Affiliate of Clinical Nurse Specialist Educational Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Williams, S., May, K., Maultsby, D. & Horne, C. E. (2012). Creating a Sustainable Role of the CNS in North Carolina. Presentation, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Chicago, Illinois.

Horne, C. E. (2011). A Phenomenological Study of Clinical Nurse Specialist Value. Presentation, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Baltimore, MD.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations

Horne, C. E. (January, 2017). The History of Amputation: Dr. Robert Liston - Anatomy, Dexterity, and Amputations, Presentation. North Carolina Association of Ankel & Foot Society, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Horne, C. E. (February, 2016). Amputation Pain Control and Management, Presentation, ECU School of Physical Therapy, Greenville, North Carolina. 

Horne, C. E. ( April, 2016).Clinical Nurse Specialist Legislative Update 2016. Presentation, North Carolina Affiliate of NACNS, Concord, North Carolina.

Horne, C. E. (October, 2015). History of Amputation: Dr. Robert Liston-Dexterity, Anatomy and Amputation, Presentation.  Medical History Interest Group, Greenville, North Carolina

Horne, C. E. (April, 2015).Clinical Nurse Specialist Legislative Update 2015. Presentation, North Carolina Affiliate of NACNS, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Horne, C. E. (March, 2015). Phantom Limb Pain Treatment after Lower Limb Amputation. Presentation,  Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group, Greenville, NC.

Horne, C. E. (October, 2012). Cultural Competence and the Vascular Patient. Presentation, North Carolina Vascular Nurses Conference, Greenville, North Carolina.


Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Courses Taught

NURS 6214  Chronic Health Problems for the Advanced Practice Nurse

NURS 6959  Roles and Theory of the Clinical Nurse Specialist

NURS 6960  Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I

NURS 6961  Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II

NURS 6962  Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III

NURS 6989  Clinical Practice for the CNS across the lifespan

NURS 6993  Nursing Synthesis

Dissertation Committees

Factors Associated with Self-Management in African-Americans with Hypertension (2017) Member

DNP Project Committees

 Impact of the North Carolina Board of Nursing Regulation Change on Clinical Nurse Specialists: A DNP Scholary Project (2015)

Heart Failure 30-Day Readmissions: Causes, Prediction, Prevention in a Rural Hospital (2015)

Special Assignments/Faculty Development



  • Member, University Academic Integrity, (2014- present)
  • Member, Medical History Interest Group (2014 - present)
  • Member, Faculty Senate, alternate (2012 -2014)
  • Member UMCIRB (2010 - present)


  • Research Committee (2017-present)
  • Concentration Director, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Graduate Department (2013 -2016)
  • Member, Search Committee Graduate Department Chair, (2014 - 2015)
  • Member, Fixed Term Task Force (2011 - 2013)
  • Member, PhD Advisory Committee, student member (2009 - 2010)


  • Advisory Board Member, NC Affiliate of NACNS (2014 -2017)
  • Member, NCNA Legislative Task Force (2014 -2016)
  • Member, Education Committee, NC Affiliate of NACNS (2013-2015)
  • Archivist, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Chapter (2011 -2015)
  • Chair, Conference Committee, North Carolina Vascular Nurses (2010, 2014)
  • Member, Conference Committee, North Carolina Vascular Nurses (2009 -2012)
  • Treasurer, North Carolina Vascular Nurses (2007 - 2009)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Eastern Regional Cardiovascular Conference (2006 -2010)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau (1989 - present)


  • Presenter, Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group.  Traveling with your Prosthesis (2017)
  • Presenter, Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group. Managing your Cholesterol with new Guidelines (2015)
  • Presenter, Pitt Community College Medical Assistant Class. From Amputation to Prosthesis (2014)
  • Presenter, Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group. Skin Care and Foot Care (2014)
  • Screener, Community Vascular Screening Greenville NC ( 2013)
  • Member, Conference "Winning with Diabetes" (2010 - 2012)
  • Member, Event planning "National Vascular Screening Campaign Day" (2007)
  • Co- Chair, Event planning "Legs for Life National Screening Campaign for Vascular Disease" (2001, 2005)

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards


2014: Phyllis N. Horns Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. East Carolina University. 2005: Vascular Disease Foundation Excellence in Care Award.
2003: PCMH Presidents Service Award.
2001: Vieve Gore Award for Best First Time Presenter. Awarded at Society of Vascular Nurses Conference


2014: Phi Kappa Phi. Inducted