Faculty Sketch

Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM

Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing
Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt School of Nursing

colleen.conway-welch@vanderbilt.edu


Education

1973 PhD

New York University (Nursing)
(Dissertation: "An Investigation of the Sharing of Common Fears Between Mothers and their Four and Five Year Old Children")

 

1969 MSN

Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (Parent-Child Nursing)
(Thesis: "A Comparison of the Apgar Ratings Assigned a Newborn at Different Times After Birth")

 

1969 CNM

Catholic Maternity Institute, Santa Fe, NM, (Certified Nurse Midwife)
(component of MSN program of Catholic University of America)

 

1965 BSN

Georgetown University, School of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Current Research Interests

  • Nursing Education & Administration
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Workforce/Workplace Systems Re-Design
  • Disaster Management
  • Health Policy

 

Selected Research/Scholarly Projects

2008-2010

Member, Committee on Assessing Medical Preparedness for a Nuclear Event, Institute of Medicine

 

2007-2010

Member, Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health

 

2007-

Member, Public Panel of Experts, Tennessee Safety Seismic Commission

 

2006-2011

Invited Member, National Forum on Healthcare Knowledge Management

 

2007-2011

Named by President Bush and confirmed by US Senate as a Member, Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

 

2008-2011

Board of Governors, Global Knowledge Exchange Network

 

 

Representative Publications

Conway-Welch, C., Hopmeier, M., Pape, J. W., Pulison, D., Carmona, R., Davis, T., et al. (2010) Reflections on the Initial Multinational Response to the Earthquake in Haiti. Population Health Management, 13(3), 105-113.

Conway-Welch, C. (2006). The power of political contributions. In W.B. Saunders (eds.), Policy and Politics in Nursing Care. (5th ed). Montgomery Village: W.B. Saunders/Elsevier.

Conway-Welch, C. (2005). The Bush administration's record on nursing issues. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. 6(2), 1-4.

Conway-Welch, C., Rasch, R., Dubree, M., & Jones, S. (2005). Multicultural Medicine and Health Disparities, Chapter 27: Patient Management Disparities in Nursing. (pp. 427-435), Illinois: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Conway-Welch, C. (2004). Diversity by design. Profiles in Diversity Journal, 6(2), 24-26.

Conway-Welch, C. (2002). Nurses and mass casualty management: Filling an educational gap. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 3(4), 289-293.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Academies of Practice
  • American Nurses Association
  • Rural Health Association of TN
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • American Public Health Association
  • Nurses House Ambassador Program
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL)
  • Academy for Health Services
  • Research and Health Policy
  • World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
  • Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF)

 

Honors/Awards/Appointments

2013

Awarded the ACNM Distinguished Service Award


2013

Named one of “The 2013 In Charge List” as a top business leader, Nashville Post Leaders, Spring 2013

 

2012

Awarded the Education Award by the Society of Universal Dialogue, November 12, 2012

 

2012 Awarded the Women Extraordinaire Honoree by Business Leader Magazine

2012

Awarded the Project HOPE Global Health Leadership Award

 

2011

Hope Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, highest honor for outstanding Civic and community service

 

2011

Awarded CABLE's Women on Boards "Board Walk of Fame - Board Walk Double"

 

2010

Member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

 

2010

Awarded CABLE's Women on Boards "Board Walk of Fame"

 

2010

Awarded "Women of Influence" by Nashville Business Journal

 

2009

Maier Award, Comprehensive Care Clinic

 

2009

Policy Champion Award, National Nursing Centers Consortium

 

2009

Named as one of Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Women in Healthcare"

 

2009

Named as Nashville Medical News Women to Watch Class of 2009"

 

2008-

Vice Chair, Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

 

2008

Awarded National League for Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education

 

2008-09

Member, Committee on Assessing Medical Preparedness for a Nuclear Event, Institute of Medicine.

 

2007-10

Member, Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health

 

2007-

Member, Advisory Board, Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce

 

2007-

Member, Public Panel of Experts, Tennessee Safety Seismic Commission

 

2007

Invited member, National Forum on Healthcare Knowledge Management

 

2006-11

Named by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate as a Member, Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

 

2006

Chair, National League of Nursing CEO Search Committee

 

2005

Nashville Women's Political Caucus Honoree

 

2004

Selected by the Nashville Business Journal's "Health Care 100" honoring superior contributions to the health care industry

 

2003

Nashvillian of the Year, selected by Nashville Scene newspaper