Dr. DeVane-Johnson joined Duke University School of Nursing on November 1, 2017. She teaches in the ABSN program. Dr. DeVane-Johnson is known to faculty and students in our ABSN program where as a Consulting Associate she was engaged with the maternity courses and served as a mentor for ABSN and Health Equity Academy students. Having taught maternity courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, Dr. DeVane-Johnson brings a wealth of evidenced based knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. She has 20 years’ experience as a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife working in private practice and academic institutions, providing care for women from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Dr. DeVane-Johnson maintains her clinical practice by working part time in a private OB/GYN office in Greensboro, N.C.
She received her BSN from UNC – Charlotte, her MSN and Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University, and she earned her PhD in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. While pursuing her PhD she received several scholarships and awards including a National League of Nursing Foundation Scholarship as well as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Dissertation award. She is a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Research Institute.
Her professional passions include women’s health, maternal/child health and decreasing health disparities in the African-American community, more specifically, the impact of cultural and socio-historical influences on infant feeding decisions in the African American community. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for “Pathway 2 Breastfeeding”, a community initiative that works to combat health disparities in the African-American community by providing breastfeeding education and support.