Nursing faculty named fellows by American College of Nurse-Midwives

American College of Nurse-Midwives logoThe American College of Nurse-Midwives(ACNM) inducted Associate Professor Sharon L. Holley and Instructor of Nursing Tonia L. Moore-Davis into its 2016 class of fellows during ceremonies at the association’s recent annual meeting in Albuquerque. To be selected as fellows, recipients must have demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship and professional achievement both within and outside of the midwifery profession.

Sharon Holley (photo by Susan Urmy)
Associate Professor Sharon Holley (by Susan Urmy)

In addition to teaching, Holley is a practicing midwife and serves as director of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Faculty Nurse-Midwife Practice. In that role she oversees two clinical sites that deliver hundreds of babies annually and provide a complete range of obstetric and gynecological services.

Holley has served on a variety of ACNM committees and task forces, including the ACNM Healthy Birth Initiative. Her research interests include access to prenatal care, the male partner’s experiences during childbirth, and midwifery practice. Holley earned her B.S.N. at the University of North Alabama, M.S.N. at the University of Alabama, and D.N.P. at Vanderbilt. She has published on clinical issues, midwifery education and practice administration.

Tonia L. Moore-Davis
Instructor of Nursing Tonia L. Moore-Davis

Tonia Moore-Davis earned her B.S.N. from Johns Hopkins University and her M.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 she was recognized with the ACNM Kitty Ernst “Young Whippersnapper” Award for her early career work in faculty practice development and incorporation of midwives in medical education. Her national ACNM leadership has included service to the Division of Standards and Practice and spearheading the ACNM Benchmarking Project.

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she has been instrumental in curriculum redesign that incorporates innovative teaching strategies. As a scholar her research interests include the use of mindfulness-based strategies in preterm-birth risk reduction and epigenetic influences on perinatal health. Moore-Davis also was honored with her second A.C.N.M. Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2016 ACNM meeting.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s nurse-midwifery specialty program is ranked as the No.1 nurse-midwifery program in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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