October 7, 2015: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
This session focuses on providing helpful tips to the nurse-midwifery student. Learn how to identify your resources and utilize them to support your success in achieving your dream of becoming a nurse-midwife.
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- Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE – Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University
- Jane Frances Houston, DNP, CNM, ARNP, RM – Clinical Director: Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University
- Diana Jolles, CNM, MS – Regional Clinical Faculty at Frontier Nursing University
Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP- BC, CNE – Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University
Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP- BC, CNE is the Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health for Frontier. She has a rich history with FNU as a 1999 graduate for midwifery, the first DNP graduate in 2009, and a WHNP graduate in 2011. Tonya served the women of central Florida in full scope practice from 2000-2006 where she also directed the midwifery service. In 2006, she joined the Frontier faculty and then became the Program Director in 2010. She has a variety of teaching experience, but the majority has been focused on the prenatal period and in clinical courses. Tonya is very interested in communication and civility at the individual and institutional levels and focuses most of her scholarship in this area.
Tonya describes her passion for teaching as “an extension of my passion for midwifery. I love to be at the side of a woman as she becomes a mother and at the side of a student as she/he becomes a midwife.” She considers her primary area of expertise as communication and care of teens. She was a youth pastor for 10 years before becoming a midwife and feels that those skills of compassion, truth-telling and sincere concern for others provides the framework for her practice as a clinician and as an educational administrator.
Jane Frances Houston DNP, CNM, ARNP, RM – Clinical Director: Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University
Jane began her nursing and midwifery education in Scotland where she became a registered general nurse RGN with a Bachelor’s degree and completed her diploma in midwifery in 1992 to become a Registered Midwife. She has always felt called to the profession of midwifery in particular. Jane has delivered over 2000 babies on 4 continents, and each birth has been very special to her. She entered graduate school at University of Florida in 2001 and completed her MSN studies so she would be able to provide midwifery care in Gainesville, Florida. Jane was in the first DNP class at University of Florida, graduating in 2009, and continued her career in education becoming Director of Midwifery there in 2011-2015. She joined the faculty at FNU in her capacity as Clinical Director for Midwifery and Women’s Health in August 2015.
Diana R. Jolles CNM, MS – Regional Clinical Faculty at Frontier Nursing University
Diana R. Jolles graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver. Between 2000 and 2005, Jolles served at Holy Family Services Birth Center as a National Health Service Corp Scholar, program developer and data and statistics chair. In 2005, she led a transition to midwifery-led, family centered, physiologic birth initiative at Denver Health Medical Center, a safety-net teaching hospital. In 2006, Jolles became the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington DC. At FHBC, she served as the non-profit manager, grant writer, programmatic developer and full scope clinician. She served as the site lead for beta testing the American Association of Birth Centers Uniform Data Set, worked with the Urban Institute, George Washington University and the Commonwealth fund to document the effect of the midwifery-led model of care. Jolles lives in Tucson, Arizona where she is finishing a PhD in Nursing Research evaluating unwarranted variations in care to Medicaid beneficiaries.