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Ann Schaeffer

DEPARTMENT: Nursing Dept

POSITION: Asst Professor of Practice

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 335

PHONE: (540) 432-4191


As an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Nursing at EMU, and a Certified Nurse-Midwife in private practice, Ann combines a life-long interest in women’s health and health education. Ann first pursued a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, but after earning her Master’s switched her focus to nursing. She attended the 2nd degree BSN program at UVA, then earned her CNM and MSN at Frontier Nursing University. Over the years, Ann has worked in hospitals, birth centers, and health departments, and has helped over 1000 babies into the world. Teaching allows her to help educate the next generation of nurses, and also tell some great stories! Her professional interests include therapeutic communication and connection in the healthcare setting, the political and professional role of nurses and advanced-practice nurses, and sexuality education. In the Department of Nursing, she teaches Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (NURS 326), Professionhood II (NURS 427), is the Level 2 Coordinator, and assists with Family in Community. This summer (2016) she is leading the EMU/Midwives for Haiti Senior Seminar. She has also taught in the ADCP (2014).

Ann lives with her partner and their 2 children in the city of Harrisonburg, and enjoys gardening, running, reading, and all that the beautiful Shenandoah Valley has to offer.


DNP – anticipated December, 2017: Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY

MSN – 2012: Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY

CNM – 2000: Community Based Nurse-Midwifery program of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (CNEP/FSMFN).

BSN Honors – 1998: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Major: Nursing.

M.Ed. – 1995: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Concentration: Counseling Psychology.

BA Honors, Magna Cum Laude – 1992: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Major: Psychology.


6/10-7/10 Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. Completed 6 weeks (150 hours) Spanish language classes in an immersion setting in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. Have moderate conversational fluency in the clinical setting.

5/08 ASCCP Training in Colposcopy. Completed 40 hours of training in colposcopy of the lower genital tract. Completed 20 colposcopies with physician supervision before progressing to independent practice.

10/09 Centering Pregnancy Training. Completed training with the Centering HealthCare Initiative to provide Centering prenatal care to women.


Schaeffer, A., & Nelson, E. (1993). Rape supportive attitudes: Effects of on-campus residence and education. Journal of College Student Development, 34, 175-179.