Karen E. Hays, DNP, CNM, ARNP

Karen E. Hays, DNP, CNM, ARNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

My broad interests in maternity care and midwifery have provided me with varied experiences throughout my career, and I continue to seek new knowledge and challenges. I became an OB nurse in 1986, a direct entry midwife in 1992, then a nurse-midwife in 1996. My clinical experience in the U.S. includes working in community hospitals, home birth, birth centers, and a tertiary hospital. I have also been involved in global health since 1988, serving as a consultant, educator, and practitioner in several countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I have been active for over 20 years in the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the Midwives Association of Washington State, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

My special interests are a global focus on midwifery practice and education; low-resource environments; professional autonomy for nurses and midwives; patient satisfaction; and promoting pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum/newborn period as a multi-dimensional family event.

UW Graduate Faculty: 
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