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Judy Lazarus DNP, CNM, ARNP

Associate Teaching Professor
Community Liaison
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Neighborcare Health, Seattle
Chair, Midwife Educator’s Section, American College of Nurse-Midwives

I have been a nurse-midwife in full scope clinical practice in Seattle for close to 30 years. I practice with the midwives at Neighborcare Health in a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers where our group cares for an ethnically and socially diverse population of women from the US and all over the world. In 2002, I joined the faculty of the Nurse-Midwifery Education program here at the University of Washington. I became a faculty member and also the Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) for the nurse-midwifery and CNS students. In my CPC role, I work to recruit and maintain clinical sites and preceptors for our students and place students in their clinical sites during the program.

As faculty, I teach the clinical seminars which focus on developing the clinical skills necessary for students to become safe, entry level Nurse-Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists. My focus on clinical education also includes work on the national and local levels to develop and support clinical preceptors, who are indispensable to our education for Nurse-Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists. For my DNP project, I surveyed UW School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner/Nurse-Midwife clinical preceptors to gain insight into their needs and preferences as preceptors. Ultimately, my goal is to expand available clinical sites and preceptors so that we can expand the number of Nurse-Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists that we can enroll, prepare and graduate.



  • 1983, BSN, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 1988, MS, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1988, CNM, University of California, San Diego
  • 2016, DNP, Washington State University

What classes do you teach?

I co-teach all of the clinical seminars for the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health CNS students.

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I am passionate about clinical practice and clinical education and how they work together. For me, teaching is about sharing my love of, and insights into, clinical practice to help students become the Nurse-Midwives or Clinical Nurse Specialists they want to be. The UW School of Nursing provides students a high-quality DNP education in the setting of an active focus on global health, nursing science and diversity and inclusion, among other things.

UW School of Nursing faculty are leaders in their respective fields and apply innovation and creativity to investigating and addressing health care issues that shape the present and impact the future. Being a part of the faculty allows me work collaboratively with these leaders and to enrich my teaching and clinical care with what I learn from them.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
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Department of Family and Child Nursing
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Seattle, Washington 98195