UAH

Ellise D. Adams, PhD, CNM

Associate Professoradams-ellise
Office: NB 337
Phone: 256-824-2442
Email: Ellise.Adams@uah.edu

Education

  • PhD in Nursing Science, Texas Woman's University
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University
  • BSN, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Professional Certifications

  • Nurse-Midwifery, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing

Clinical Expertise

  • Intrapartum nursing
  • Normal birth practices
  • Women's health
  • Writing for publication

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR 415 Honors Directed Research
  • NUR 602 Scholarly for Advanced Practice Nursing, Course Manager
  • NUR 610 Family Nurse Practitioner I, Clinical Faculty
  • NUR 612 Family Nurse Practitioner III (Women's Health), Course Manager
  • NUR732, Research Design and Statistical Methods for APN

Service Activities

  • Director, Honors Program, College of Nursing
  • Chair, Graduate Sub-Curriculum Committee, CON
  • Member, Women's Studies Program Committee
  • Faculty Liaison, Reformed University Fellowship

Special Achievements/Honors/Awards

  • UAH's Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013 Recipient
  • North American Scholarly Consortium Honor Society, highest academic honor
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Research Interests

  • Birth practices of Intrapartum Nurses and maternal/neonatal outcomes
  • Elective induction of labor and neonatal outcomes

Publications and Presentations

Textbooks

  • Adams, E., & Towle, M. (2009). Pediatric Nursing Care. Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Towle, M., & Adams, E. (2008). Maternal-Child Nursing Care . Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Contributor to Ramont, R., Niedringhaus, D,. & Towle, M. (2006). Comprehensive Nursing Care. Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Adams, E., & Noonan, C. (2003). Instructor's Resource Manual for Maternal-Newborn and Child Nursing: Family Centered Approach. Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Adams, E., Barr, J., Eller, C., & Noonan, C. (2003). Instructor's Resource Manual for Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children. Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Adams, E. & Sauls, D. (2013, accepted for publication). Development of the Intrapartum Nurses' Beliefs Related to Birth Practice Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement.
  • Adams, E. (2010). If transmen can have babies, how will perinatal nursing adapt? MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 35 (1), 26-32.
  • Bianchi, A. L,. & Adams, E. D. (2009). Labor support during second stage for women with epidurals. Nursing for Women's Health, 13(1), 38-47.
  • Adams, E. D. & Bianchi, A. L. (2008). A practical approach to labor support. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. 37(1), 106-115.
  • Adams, E. D., Besuner, P., Bianchi, A. L., Lowe, N. K., Ravin, C. R., Reed, M. L. & Simkin, P. (2006). Labor Support: Exploring its Role in Modern and High-Tech Birthing Practices, AWHONN Lifelines, 10 (1), 58-61.
  • Adams, E. D., and Bianchi, A. L. (2004). Can a nurse and a doula exist in the same room? International Journal of Childbirth Education, 19(4), 12- 15.
  • Bianchi, A. L., and Adams, E. D. (2004). Doulas, labor support, and nurses. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 19(4), 24-30.

Presentations

  • Lessons for the hospital from the culture of homebirth. Adams, E. Georgia Section of AWHONN 2013 Conference, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Bahamas. May, 2013.
  • Birth around the world: Where it’s normal and where it’s not and why. Adams, E. Georgia Section of AWHONN 2013 Conference, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Bahamas. May, 2013.
  • Normal birth and the intrapartum nurse. Adams, E. Normal Labour & Birth 7th International Research Conference, Hangzhou University, Hangzhou, China. October, 2012.
  • The Effects of Hospital Policy in Reducing Elective Inductions. Martin, E. & Adams, E. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Pi chapter Research Day, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL. November, 2011.
  • Impact of Intrapartum Nursing on Birth Outcomes. Adams, E. March of Dimes and Alabama Department of Health conference, Birmingham, AL. August, 2011.
  • Homebirth and Hospitals: Are They Diametrically Opposed? Adams, E. 2011 AWHONN National Convention. Denver, CO. June 27, 2011. Invited speaker.
  • Labor Support: Does That Really Work? Adams, E. & Sauls, D. 2011 AWHONN National Convention. Denver, CO. June 28, 2011. Invited speaker.
  • Do Nurses' Beliefs Affect Nursing Practice and Patient Outcomes? Freng, A. & Adams, E. Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Phi chapter Research Day, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL. November, 2010. Poster Presentation.
  • Solutions for Survival: Working Where Birth is Not Considered Normal. Adams, E. & Stewart, A. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 2010 Convention, Las Vegas, NV. September 27, 2010.
  • Surviving the PhD Program @ TWU. Adams, E. Panel discussion for new student orientation. Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. August 26, 2010. Invited participant.
  • Concept Analysis and Instrument Development: The Philosophy of Birth Practice of the Intrapartum Nurse. Adams, E. Orientation for New PhD Students. Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. August 26, 2010. Poster Presentation.
  • Concept Analysis and Instrument Development: The Philosophy of Birth Practice of the Intrapartum Nurse. Adams, E. Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium. Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. April 21, 2010. Poster Presentation.
  • Perinatal Nursing in the New Millennium. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA. 7 hour workshop. October, 2009. Invited Speaker.
  • Precepting in Nursing Education. Adams, E. University of Alabama in Huntsville CE Saturday. August, 2008. Invited Speaker.
  • High Touch Care in a High Tech Environment: Mission Accomplished. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2008 Convention. June 25, 2008. Invited Speaker.
  • She's Having an Epidural: The Innovative Nurses Guide to Labor Support. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2006 Convention. June, 2006. Invited Speaker.
  • I Love Nursing. Nurse of the Year Celebration. Huntsville, AL. May 16, 2006. Invited Keynote Speaker.
  • 50 Ways to Comfort a Laboring Woman. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Alabama Section of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Spring Conference. Mobile, AL. March, 2006.
  • 50 Ways to Comfort a Laboring Woman. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2005 Convention. Salt Lake City, UT. June, 2005. Invited Speaker.
  • Nursing Angels. Calhoun Community College. 2004 Candlelighting Ceremony. Decatur, AL. Keynote Speaker, selected by the graduating class.
  • Intrapartum Nurses as Doulas: Effectiveness of Providing Supportive Behaviors in Labor. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Alabama State Nurses Association Convention. Montgomery, AL. April 30, 2003.
  • Teaching Adolescent Females to Become Health Young Women. Adams, E. Licensed Practical Nurses of Alabama State 2002 Convention. Decatur, AL. October 4, 2002.
  • Can A Nurse Be A Doula? Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Doulas of North America (DONA) 2002 Convention. Clearwater, FL. August 2, 2002.
  • Intrapartum Nurses as Doulas: Effectiveness of Providing Supportive Behaviors in Labor. Adams, E. & Bianchi, A. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2002 Convention. Boston, MA. June 25, 2002.

Current Research

  • Intrapartum Nurse's Beliefs Related to Birth Practice. This is a mixed method study to answer the research question: What are the beliefs of experienced intrapartum nurses related to birth?
  • BSN Student's Beliefs Related to Birth: A Qualitative Perspective. This qualitative, descriptive study seeks to answer the research question: What are the beliefs of BSN students related to birth?
  • Skin to Skin in the Operating Room during Elective Cesarean Surgery: Beliefs of Healthcare Professionals. This mixed method, descriptive study seeks to answer the research question: What are the beliefs of healthcare professionals about skin to skin care in the operating room for medically stable mothers and babies during scheduled cesarean surgery?

Research Grants

  • Increasing Awareness of Weight Management Resources Through Facility Specific Patient Materials. Adams, E. & Vincent, J. (RN-BSN student). UAH RCEU. 2013.
  • Intrapartum Nurses as Doulas: Increasing Training in Supportive Behaviors to Aid in the Reduction of Cesarean Rates, Length of Labor and Anesthesia and Analgesia Use. Recipient of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing's Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute Marshal Klaus Award. 2001-2002.