Kelly Walker

Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP)

DNP, CNM

Kelly Caramore Walker, DNP, CNM, is an Assistant Professor and program director for the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP) program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She joined Georgetown University in 2017. Dr. Walker was an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University and program director of the Nurse Midwifery program from 2013–2017. For 11 years prior to that, Dr. Walker was a member of the Regional Perinatal Center at Upstate Medical University as a Certified Nurse Midwife and faculty member. Her clinical experience also included seven years in nursing at New York University. Her current practice includes midwifery care in a community outpatient setting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Russell Sage College, a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing from New York University, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Stony Brook University. Dr. Walker also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in leadership and education at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Walker’s clinical scholarship includes improving maternal fetal outcomes and access to health care for vulnerable populations. Specific areas of interest include improving access to care for the LGBTQI community, identifying women at risk for postpartum depression, and decreasing rates of elective induction of labor. Her scholarship in education includes promoting technology in distance education and outcome evaluation in midwifery education.

Dr. Walker holds an appointment on the Board of Midwifery for New York State. In addition, she is a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. 

Why Georgetown?

“I joined Georgetown University’s faculty because their mission and values are congruent with my own beliefs about education and health care. Georgetown University is committed to improving health care by providing exemplary education to advanced practice nurses. Their online synchronous platform provides access to education for student throughout the country. My mission is to help advance educational opportunities for our students.” 

Why Nurse Midwifery?

“I have provided midwifery care for over 20 years. As a midwife, I have been able to provide health care to women throughout their lifespans. My passion for midwifery stems from the professional commitment to improving access to care for all women and their families. I am committed to improving the health outcomes for the people I serve.”

Courses With Walker

Walker works with the highly regarded core faculty at Georgetown to develop and implement synchronous, didactic course content. She teaches NURO 539 Professional Roles of the APRN and attends the on-campus intensives.

Education

Stony Brook University
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stony Brook Univerisity
Doctor of Nursing Practice

New York University
Master of Arts, Nursing 

New York University
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Russell Sage College
Bachelor of Arts, English

Research and Academic Interests 

  • LGBTQI Health
  • Sexual Health Care
  • Postpartum Care
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Online/Technology in Graduate Education
  • Test Construction

Awards

  • 2016 State University of New York Teaching Ambassador
  • 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award American College of Nurse Midwives
  • 2014 Outstanding Teaching and Service Stony Brook University School of Nursing
  • 2013 Outstanding Teaching and Service Stony Brook University School of Nursing
  • 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award American College of Nurse Midwives
  • 2010 Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Award

Research (selected)

Principal Investigator: Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, March of Dimes, 10,000.00 2014–2015

Co-Principal Investigator: AENT HRSA, 699,000.00 2014–2016

Presentations (selected)

New York State Nurse Practitioners Association. Waryold, J. & Walker, K. “Primary care for LGBTQI patients.” Saratoga Springs, New York. October 2017.

National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference. Waryold, J. & Walker, K. “Improving competence in sexual health care for advanced practice nurses.” New Orleans, LA. September 2017. 

New York State Nurse Practitioners Association. Walker, K. & Waryold, J. “If you don’t ask, they won’t tell: Obtaining a sexual health history.” Niagara Falls, New York. October 2016.

New York State Perinatal Association. Walker, K. & Dalke, L. “Culturally competent communication with the LGBTQ population.” Albany, New York. June 2016.

American College of Nurse Midwives. Walker, K. & Waryold, J. “Improving competence in sexual health care: Development, implementation, and evaluation of an online sexual health course.” Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 2016.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Waryold, J. & Walker, K. “Improving competence in sexual health care.” Seattle, Washington. April 2016.

Stony Brook University Distinguished Alumni Conference. Combs, A. & Walker, K. “Utilizing an educational intervention to enhance expectant parent’s knowledge of risks associated with non-medically indicated delivery.” Long Island, New York. April 2016. 

Stony Brook University: Leaders in Medical Education. Walker, K. “Self-efficacy and mentorship.” Stony Brook, New York. 2014.

Stony Brook University School of Nursing Research Day. Walker, K. “Self-efficacy and mentorship.” Stony Brook, New York. 2014.

New York State March of Dimes. Walker, K. & Murdock, S. “Screening as a safety net: Postpartum depression.” White Plains, New York. April 2013.

Publications (selected)

Walker, K., Arbour, M., & Waryold, J. (2016). Educational strategies to help students provide respectful sexual and reproductive health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61(6), 737–743.