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Clare Sherley DNP, CNM, ARNP

Full Scope Certified Nurse Midwife

My work as a midwife has been rooted in my desire to improve lives. Aside from caring for my patients and supporting them through incredible transitions, joys, and losses; I also work to ensure that the environment in which that care is given is as patient-centered and culturally appropriate as possible.

Starting as a student at UW, I have worked to educate others on how best to care for LGBTQ+ patients. My doctoral capstone project helped to create an online trans health resource for providers that continues to be available for reference at Cedar River Clinics. I have continued that work and expanded it to also include a racial equity lens used during trainings, presentations, and lectures on these topics. I believe there is much work to be done to ensure that all patients receive the care that is best suited to their needs, and that returning to the University of Washington as faculty offers the best opportunity for me to do that work.

It is important to me that I work to address current inequities as they exist in health outcomes, educational outcomes, and the opportunity gaps that exist in healthcare occupations. My goal is to create an intentionally supportive and culturally thoughtful learning environment that inspires the newest members of our profession to incorporate an equity lens and patient-centered care into their future practices.



ADN: Peninsula College, 2008
BSN: University of Washington, Bothell, 2011
DNP: Nurse-Midwifery track, University of Washington, 2015

What classes do you teach?

  • Nurse Midwifery track courses
  • Clinical Practica – NCLIN 501, 511, 516, 517, 518, 801
  • Didactic – NURS 541, 542, 543

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The School of Nursing has fostered and encouraged my passion for integrating nursing practice and justice work, both as a student and now as a lecturer. I have never felt like I needed to choose between my two passions and instead have been encouraged to live both as fully as possible. I love the commitment this program has made to improving the lives of students and their future patients through research, teaching, and a renewed focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Scholarly work


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
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