Director for Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and Associate Clinical Professor

Jenna Shaw-Battista is an associate clinical professor and director of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She teaches and mentors students in all degree programs in addition to mentoring faculty  in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing.

Shaw-Battista’s teaching experience includes prelicensure and multispecialty graduate students in nursing and medical school, resident physicians in obstetrics, pediatrics and family and community medicine, and maternity care providers in Central America and Europe. She is experienced with innovative teaching methods including distance education, case-based learning and clinical simulations.

Shaw-Battista earned a Bachelor of Arts focused on Medical Sociology and Midwifery from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and trained to become a direct-entry midwife through apprenticeship and study at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas. She became a registered nurse in 1998 and ultimately became a women’s health nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife in 2001 when she earned a Master of Science in Nursing at UC San Francisco. Since that time, Shaw-Battista has worked in a variety of community and academic medical centers throughout Northern California. For the last 17 years, she practiced as a midwife at Sutter Davis Hospital and currently cares for diverse families at CommuniCare Health Centers in Yolo County.

After earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, with a minor in education at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2009, Shaw-Battista joined the faculty as assistant director for the women’s health nurse-practitioner and nurse-midwifery specialty track in the Master of Science Program, later serving as associate education director and program director. In this capacity, she served as primary investigator for a multiyear, federally funded initiative to provide technologically enhanced learning activities for interprofessional, team-based maternity care.

Shaw-Battista’s scholarship is focused on interprofessional education and collaboration, the midwifery model of care,  intrapartum hydrotherapy and physiological birth promotion to improve perinatal outcomes and health equity. She served on the California Nurse-Midwives Association Board of Directors, provided expert consulting for California Board of Registered Nursing and United States Attorney, and served as a clinical consultant regarding labor and birth in water to the United States Navy, Federal Drug Administration and international childbirth facilities.

Shaw-Battista has been published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing,  American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, International Journal of Childbirth, Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Huffington Post, as well as textbooks such as Guidelines for Medical Consultation During Pregnancy, Clinical Guidelines for Advanced Practice Nurses, Care of the Well Newborn Through the First Month of Life and Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition: Using the Evidence to Implement Change.

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