Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Heather Swanson, DNP, APRN-CNM & FNP, IBCLC

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Kearney Division
Room 119E
1917 W. 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68849-4510
United States of America
tel:(308) 865-8323

Heather is a native of south central Nebraska and is a UNMC alumna. She completed her BSN at the Lincoln Division in 1999 and a FNP post master's certificate in Scottsbluff in 2006. After her BSN program she moved to New Mexico, where >30% of the births are attended by midwives and attended the University of New Mexico to obtain her MSN -specialty in Nurse-Midwifery. She completed her DNP in 2012 from Frontier Nursing University. DNP project focus was the sustainability of a faith based nurse-led non-profit clinic.

Heather's RN work experiences range from camp and rural critical access nursing, to travel L&D nursing in urban areas, though her area of focus was low and high-risk labor and delivery. Since becoming an APRN she has worked in Norfolk and Minden, NE, Boulder, CO and in Pine Ridge, SD with the Indian Health Service as a full-scope Certified Nurse-Midwife. Skills beyond CNM, FNP, & Lactation Consulting include: obstetric ultrasounds, SANE, colposcopy, surgical 1st Assist, and health care practice management. After prior volunteer work there, she now splits her time between NE and TX where she serves as the clinical director at Holy Family Services in TX, a non-profit clinic and free-standing birth center. Her professional areas of interest are nurse-midwifery, lactation, policy, and APRN fellowship programs.


  • Maternal/Infant/Women's Health portions of:
    • NRSG 313/314
    • NRSG 333/334
    • NRSG 411/412
    • NRSG 421/422

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Member of the APRN Coalition that developed the "APRN Umbrella" Legislation enacted in 2007
  • Volunteer service: Holy Family Services, Inc. A non-profit Women and Infant Health clinic and Freestanding Birth Center in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. 2009-2011
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
    • Board of Directors member. Serving as the Region V Representative, 2009-2012
    • Breastfeeding Taskforce Chair
  • United States Baby Friendly, Advisory Committee Member
  • Congressional 3rd District Rural Health Advisory Council Member
  • Nebraska Action Coalition: Honored as one of 40 Under 40 Nursing Leaders in Nebraska, 2012
  • Texas Rural Health Association Student of the Year, 2012
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor & Regional Trainer
  • American Heart Association BLS Instructor