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ACNM Inducts School of Nursing Faculty as Fellows and Honors Additional Faculty Members

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(May 16, 2024) — The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the professional association representing certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives that sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the U.S., inducted two School of Nursing faculty members as 2024 Fellows and honored additional faculty achievements.

ACNM Fellows

Catherine Daily, CNM, MSN, is the clinical faculty director for the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs.

Melissa Hatter, CNM, PMH-C, MSN, is a clinical faculty advisor adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing. 

The ceremony took place virtually on May 7. View more information about each ACNM Fellow.

ACNM also honored additional faculty achievements and their contributions to the nursing profession and community.

Additional Awards

2024 Health Equity Award

Melicia Escobar, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM, was honored with the 2024 Health Equity Award by ACNM. The award honors an exceptional midwife who has provided outstanding contributions in advancing health equity and eliminating health disparities through clinical practice, education, administration, scholarship, research, community building or advocacy. Escobar is an assistant professor and program director of the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs.


Outstanding Peer Reviewer 

ACNM also highlighted the 2023 Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award recipients selected by the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Heather Bradford, PhD, CNM, FACNM, received this award that honors those with the highest quantity and quality of peer reviews over the past year. Bradford currently serves as the assistant program director for the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs.


Excellence in Teaching Award

ACNM awarded Caitlin Givens, MSN, CNM, an adjunct faculty member in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs, with one of the Excellence in Teaching awards. This award honors one teacher from each Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education pre-accredited/accredited education program who has shown outstanding qualities for teaching, inspired students to excel and repeatedly promotes high standards of midwifery education.


Outstanding Preceptor Award

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Elizabeth Fontenot, MSN, CNM

Elizabeth Fontenot, MSN, CNM, received an Outstanding Preceptor Award for showing outstanding qualities for leadership and teaching, being a mentor for multiple students, and repeatedly promoting high standards of midwifery education. Fontenot currently serves as director of the Birth Center of Baton Rouge, where she works with Georgetown University School of Nursing nurse-midwifery students. 


2024 Lifetime Visionary Award

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Marsha Jackson, CNM, MSN, FACNM (G’81)

Marsha Jackson, CNM, MSN, FACNM (G’81), was honored with the Lifetime Visionary Award. This award honors an exceptional member who has provided either continuous outstanding contributions or distinguished service to midwifery and/or maternal and child health, or contributions of historical significance to the development and advancement of midwifery, ACNM, or maternal and child health. Jackson received her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from Georgetown University in 1981.

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