Career Advisor: Maternal Health
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Kellie Bryant DNP, WHNP-BC, CCE - Dr. Bryant is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate. She teaches maternity/women's health, health assessment, and research within the Accelerated, RN/BS and graduate programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Bryant also practices as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Jamaica hospital's Women's Health Center. Lastly she is a part-time clinical simulation lab coordinator in which she creates and implements clinical simulations for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Bryant received her associate degree in nursing from Hudson Valley Community College. She then continued her education at SUNY Stony Brook where she received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science Degrees. In 2006 Dr. Bryant completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bryant has published several articles on adolescent pregnancy and contraceptive use. In 2005 she also co-authored an article for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship on genetic hearing disorders in children. In addition she has presented at both national and international conferences in the area of women’s health. She has also received a grant from the March of Dimes to create and implement prenatal classes for pregnant adolescents in foster care. Some of her scholarly activities include test item writing for Elsevier, volunteer for NLN and book reviewer.
Deborah Raines PhD, RN, ANEF - Dr. Raines is a perinatal nurse specialist and has held a variety of positions in nursing practice and academic settings. Her passion is the care of pregnant women, families and neonates. She has served on a variety of committees and boards and was a member of the science team that authored the AWHONN Neonatal Skin Care Guidelines. Her doctoral dissertation, the Values Influencing Neonatal Nurses Choices in Ethical Dilemmas, received the STTI regional dissertation award. Dr. Raines’ current research interests span three primary areas: perinatal nursing, innovative and creative educational/curriculum strategies and the health-related quality of life and experience of bariatric surgery. Dr. Raines teaches across all levels and is active in the education of preceptors in the practice setting. She presents at national and regional conferences and has more than 70 publications in peer reviewed journals, books and educational materials. Dr. Raines has received a number of awards for her teaching excellence including the Florida Atlantic University Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Raines is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education.
Mary Ann Scott RN, MSN - Nursing Knowledge International Director – Previous positions include: senior executive positions in pediatrics and maternal child services at a 650-bed tertiary level teaching hospital with a 17-bed pediatric emergency department and level III NICU; led the team that built a $13.8 million family life center that introduced LDR concept, maternal fetal medicine department, computerized charting and innovative pre and post-hospitalization programming.