• Dr. Kellie Griggs is a passion women’s health nurse, academic, innovative educator, and energetic advocate with a professional portfolio that expands across executive leadership, higher education, professional development, clinical practice, and academia. She has contributed to the areas of servant leadership, scholarship, innovative teaching, and national service. She is an intentional mentor and champion who enjoys tapping into unique strengths and talents to grow and empower others. Her body of work involves improving outcomes across women’s health and empowering professional advocacy through interprofessional collaboration and awareness. This includes inspiring stakeholders to serve as advocates using best practices, understanding social determinants of health, peer support, and development of policy. Her scholarly work has been disseminated on a national and international level through peer reviewed publications, podium presentations, grants, and educational workshops. Most recently, she completed a 3-year term as a Director on the AWHONN National Board of Directors, served as a member of the AWHONN National Public Policy Committee, was a Fellow in the 2018 AWHONN Emerging Leaders Fellow program, and selected as a fellow in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine CTSI Leadership Academy. Currently, I was appointed as the inaugural chair for the AWHONN National Ethics and Compliance Committee. She also serves as a community engagement liaison for marginalized women, as a mentor, and love connecting people to meaningful service opportunities.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021-10-01 Improving Outcomes of Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder Using a Community Collaborative Model: Early FindingsJournal of Primary Care and Community Health.  12:1-6. 2021-10-01
    2021-02-01 Care during Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum, and Human Milk Feeding for Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ+The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.  46:43-53. 2021-02-01
    2020-11-01 Preterm Labor and Birth: A Clinical ReviewThe American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.  45:8-17. 2020-11-01
    2019-08-01 Evaluation of the Fetal Monitor Safety Nurse Role: Lessons LearnedThe American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.  44:269-276. 2019-08-01
    2019-05-01 Outcome-Present State test model for expanding students’ clinical reasoningJournal of Nursing Education.  44:174. 2019-05-01
    2019-01-01 Narratives of Doctorally Prepared Faculty on Tenure Track: A Pilot StudyJournal of Professional Nursing.  35:293-299. 2019-01-01
    2018-11-01 The Critically Ill OB PatientAmerican Nurse Today.  13:1-4. 2018-11-01


    Year Title Altmetric
    2019-10-01 Tides, Inc. Year 1 Annual Report. 2019-10-01
    2019-01-01 AWHONN Intimate Partner Violence- Position Statement Update-2018 -- Team Contributions to position statement update. Approved by AWHONN board in November 2018JOGNN. 112-116. 2019-01-01


  • Disparities of Care between Rural and Tertiary OB Nursing Care: A Program of Development, NC AWHONN Conference 2024-05-01
  • The Voice of the OB Nurse: Storytelling Advocacy Centered on the “Why”, NC AWHONN Conference 2024-05-01
  • Need for Social Determinants of Health Screening to Impact Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Bringing It Back to the Community, NC AWHONN SE Section Meeting 2024-04-01
  • Policies and Programs to Support Doulas and Patient Advocacy, Maternal Health Summit- Building Healthier Communities: Empowering Maternal Health Through Shaping Policies for Change 2024-04-01
  • Collaborating to Advance Nursing Research, Education, Leadership, and Practice, SNRS 38th Annual Conference 2024-02-01
  • The Simulated Courtroom: Methods to Decrease OB Negligence for BSN Nursing Students, 17th Annual SENSES - South Eastern Nurse Educator Symposium 2023-10-01
  • AWHONN Public Policy Committee Session, AWHONN National Conferce 2023-06-01
  • Research Overview

  • My body of scholarship involves women’s health and empowering professional advocacy through policy. I have two related lines of work with this population. The first line centers on high-risk obstetrics and protective factors impacting women’s health. This includes improving outcomes and birth experiences of underrepresented minority women, removing barriers for maternal substance use disorder treatment, evaluating preventable factors that may contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity, social determinants of health, and marginalized maternal populations. The second line is complimentary and involves empowering stakeholders to serve as advocates through the use of best practices, peer support, and development of policy.
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    Teaching Overview

  • 1) My professional practice areas of interest include obstetrics, empowerment, legislation, nursing safety, empowerment, and professional growth. 2) Incorporating up-to-date technology to enhance and engage student learning outcomes 4) Intentional mentorship with students to encourage personal and professional growth
  • Full Name

  • Kellie M Griggs