Mary Jane Lewitt, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, is a clinician educator - associate professor at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. Prior to joining UNM in 2018, Lewitt fulfilled the role of Nurse-Midwifery program director and coordinator of the dual major CNM/FNP program at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Before these roles, she was faculty at the University of Florida. Clinically, she worked in private practices in the Atlanta, GA area for over 20 years. Her research interests focus on intradisciplinary education, rural care, policy and the practice of midwifery. This includes experience as a coinvestigator on an AHRQ grant looking at national policies around scope of practice for CNMs. She was also part of the team that developed the first public/private collaboration in Georgia to develop and implement an online nurse-midwifery education for rural students.
Lewitt's contribution to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) began as a student leading to becoming the inaugural chair of the ACNM Student Committee. During this same time, she created and staffed a single provider nurse-midwifery service in inner city Atlanta. In 2007, she began her PhD education at Emory, which lead to discovering the Nurse-Midwifery process of care entitled Shaping Birth. As a member of the ACNM, she chaired the Maternity System and Quality/Safety national committee of the ACNM Healthy Birth Initiative, chaired the Public Relations committee, served on the Membership committee, 50th Anniversary Task Force, Clinical guidelines committee, the Quality and Safety Committee and the Archives Committee, and chaired the Committee on Students. In the broader APRN profession, she has fulfilled multiple roles including being the inaugural Chair of Georgia's Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses working on statewide policy and legislative issues for APRNs in Georgia. She has served the Nurse-Midwives of Georgia as ACNM Affiliate Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President. Lewitt received the prestigious national ACNM Kitty Ernst Award in 2000, a young life achievement award for innovative, creative endeavors in nurse-midwifery and graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Leadership at Harvard University after receiving the ACNM Foundation Leadership Development Fellowship.
Lewitt obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Emory University, a certificate in executive education and leadership from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. Lewitt is a Fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives.