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Renee Oakley Spain

Certified Nurse Midwife


Aug 2012Dec 2014


University of Alabama

The DNP is a practice-focused degree to prepare graduates to function at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Graduates employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational and data-driven health regulations, standards, and practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships, promote innovative, effective health care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities. (University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing handbook)

Aug 1998May 2001


East Carolina University

Graduate nursing degree with eligibility to take midwifery cerfification exam

Work experience

May 2003Present

Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Assistant Professor

East Carolina University College of Nursing

Provide clinic services to women in a rural health department; precept graduate nursing and medical students in the clinic setting.  Provide guest lectures for midwifery students in a distance education program.


Jul 2001May 2003

Certified Nurse Midwife

Greenville Women's Clinic

Established midwifery service in private practice.  Fifteen to twenty births each month.  Offered full scope midwifery services.  Collaborative care for pregnant patients with chronic illness and gestational diabetes.  Provided lactation counseling both inpatient and outpatient. 

Jun 1987May 2001

Registered Nurse

Pitt County Memorial Hospital/ Vidant Health

Functioned as staff nurse in a variety of settings; primary role was staff nurse in a regional referral center labor and delivery.  Provided staff education as staff educator, BLS instructor, and NRP instructor


Jun 1987Jun 2017


North Carolina Board of Nursing
License to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina.
Jul 2001Jun 2016

Certified Nurse Midwife

American College of Nurse Midwives; North Carolina Midwifery Joint Committee
Certification by ACNM to practice as a nurse midwife; certification cycle complete until December 2019 Licensed by the North Carolina Midwifery Joint Committee; renews yearly


Neonatal Resuscitation Program certified provider
Certified in NRP as provider 1989 to present
Centering Pregnancy facilitator
Attended facilitator workshop for Centering Pregnancy program. Have implemented program in health department setting.
IUD insertion
Trained to insert Mirena and Paragard intrauterine devices
Nexplanon insertion
Trained to insert and remove Nexplanon contraception device


Cell Phone Apps To Increase The Intake of Multivitamin with Folic Acid Intake of Young Rural Women  Poster Presentation at Cone Health Evidence Based Nursing Conference November 2015

Cell Phone Apps To Increase The Intake Of Multivitamin with Folic Acid Among Young Rural Women Poster Presentation Jean Mill Symposium, February 2015

Cell Phone Apps to increase the Intake of Multivitamin with Folic Acid Among Young Rural Women Scholarly Project Manuscript

Cell Phone Study Results Presentation Pitt County Health Department Nov 2014

Philosophy of Nursing

My philosophy of nursing is based upon the belief that nursing is a both an art and a science. The basis of midwifery is care of women throughout the lifespan. By caring for women we care for families and so make an impact upon communities. Midwifery is compassionate, evidence based, and individualized. Nursing and midwifery are processes rather than tasks. Evidence based practice provides the foundation for providing compassionate, competent, and family centered care.  Additionally, in order to further the science, it is imperative to participate in research and application of that research to practice.  Mentoring and teaching students furthers the profession.

Leadership for the Changing Nursing Landscape

Professional Memberships

      2015: Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter, East Carolina University College of Nursing, membership in Nursing Honor Society

2014: Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter, University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing. membership in Nursing Honor Society




Contraceptive Technology

High Maternal BMI Linked with Stilbirths

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: A Clinical Practice Assessment

Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Screening Necessary Before IUD?

AAP Policy Statement: Emergency Contraception for Teens

Can Early Menopause Promote Type 2 Diabetes?

NSAIDs for Irregular Vaginal Bleeding in Women Using IUDs

Addressing the Health Needs of Female Service Members: Tips for Community Clinicians

From Ideas to Publication the Process of Writing Journal Manuscripts and Books

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect 2013 Webinar

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect 2013 Webinar


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