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Ellen Solis DNP, CNM, FACNM

Teaching Associate, Midwifery Program Track Lead, Certified Nurse Midwife- Quilted Health

I am the track lead for the nurse-midwifery and women’s health clinical nurse specialist tracks of the DNP program and have been a practicing nurse-midwife for over 17 years. My experience as a professor and midwife has allowed me to center the voices and experiences of my clients, students, and colleagues—especially those from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities—while working towards amplifying their presence in healthcare, education, and policy development. I received a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSN and a DNP for Frontier Nursing University. My research focus has been on creating access to waterbirth in hospital settings, bias-informed communication strategies, increasing access to midwifery care for clients affected by obesity, cannabis use in pregnancy, and strategies to address moral distress and burnout for midwives and all healthcare providers. I continue to practice as a full-scope CNM in Seattle and teach the clinical (NCLIN) series at UW. I am a board member for Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health, and an active member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, Midwives for Universal Healthcare and the National Black Midwives Association.


Doctor of Nursing Practice: 10/2016

Frontier Nursing University – Hyden KY

Master of Science: Nursing 05/2007

Frontier Nursing University – Hyden, KY

Bachelor of Science: Nursing 05/2002

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

Magna cum laude

Bachelor of Arts: Literature 5/1993

University of California, Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA

Magna cum laude

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

2022     Board of Directors: Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health

2022     American College of Nurse Midwives Fellowship

2017     Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

2006     American College of Nurse Midwives: Midwives of Color Watson Award.

2006     Frontier Nursing University: Division of Nursing Traineeship Award.

2002     University of Pennsylvania: Nancy P. Mahoney Award for Academic Excellence.

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What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?


I love the atmosphere of collaborative learning and support for a variety of interests, research, and new ideas within the SoN, and truly appreciate the respect that faculty and students have for each other.





Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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University of Washington School of Nursing
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