Helen A. Gordon, DNP, CNM, CNE, CHSE

Helen Gordon received her BSN from the University of Arkansas College of Nursing, her MS in Parent-Child Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah, and her DNP from Case Western Reserve University in 2012.


Dr. Gordon's entire career (40 years) has been in birth and women's health. Before coming to Duke in 2003, she managed a grant for the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Washington, DC. For five years she was the state’s first technical specialist in nurse-midwifery care for the NC Office of Rural Health, assisting in the implementation of CNM-MD practices in rural North Carolina. She was the first nursing director in the U.S. to implement LDRP care in a tertiary setting. Dr. Gordon also has extensive experience in the development of market-driven competitive women’s care services. She co-teaches the maternity nursing course and teaches senior seminar courses in the ABSN program. She has also served as lead faculty in community health.


Gordon has received three teaching awards. She was selected by DUSON faculty to receive the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Teaching Award, and she received the DUSON Outstanding BSN Faculty Award from ABSN students in 2005 and 2011. Gordon’s scholarly interests are in the area of teaching and learning in adults and she is passionate about normal birth and the role that nurses play to keep labor normal and thereby influence birth. Dr. Gordon also teaches a mindfulness course for DUSON students.


Gordon currently serves as Faculty-in-Residence in Randolph dorm on Duke’s East Campus, where she and her lively fox terrier Cody reside with 182 coeds. Gordon is the first DUSON nurse to participate in this highly sought-after and uniquely rewarding Duke program. It is her mission to expose freshman students to a different perspective on nursing, and to encourage them to take advantage of all the incredible cultural opportunities offered by Duke.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Education
  • DNP - Case Western Reserve University
  • MS - University of Utah College of Nursing
  • BSN - University of Arkansas College of Nursing
Awards and Honors
  • 2012 || Duke School of Nursing Teaching Fellowship, Duke School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Distinguished Teaching Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Outstanding BSN Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing ABSN Program
  • 2010 || "Faculty Matters" for March-April 2010, NLN
  • 2010 || NLN-Institutional Member, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2010 || North Carolina ACNM-state member, Lamaze International
  • 2009 || Mary Lewis Wyche Fellowship, NC Foundation for Nursing
  • 2007 || Awarded Nurse Educators of Tomorrow Grant, State of North Carolina
  • 2007 || Jump Start Grant, "Video Workbook for Teaching Maternity Nursing", Duke University Center for Instructional learning
  • 2005 || The Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Duke School of Nursing ABSN Program
  • 2003 || Recognized as one of four founding members of The Raleigh School for Children, The Raleigh School for Children
  • 1974 || Little Rock Departmental Club Award for Outstanding Clinical and Academic Performance in the BSN Program, U. of Arkansas College of Nursing
  • 1974 || Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Nurse-Midwives
Areas of Interest
Physiological Birth Practices
Hospital Systems and Birth
Women's Health
Community Health
Representative Publications
  • 1987 -- Dearing, R. and Matyac (now Gordon), H. and Sohner, D. and Weidel, L. Marketing Women’s Healthcare. 1987 .
  • 1980 -- PubMed # : 259641 -- Ezrati, J. B. and Gordon, H. Puerperal mastitis: causes, prevention, and management. J Nurse Midwifery. February, 1980 24(6); 3-8.
  • 2008 -- Gordon, H. A. and DUSON ABSN Students. Mother-friendly hospital policy manual. Fall, 2008 .
  • 2003 -- Gordon, H. A. Job Search Skills for Health Professionals. 2003 .
  • 1996 -- Gordon, H. A. A word from the editor. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Winter, 1996 1(4); .
  • 1996 -- Gordon, H. A. Job search with style. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Fall, 1996 2(1); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. A word from the editor. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Fall, 1995 1(3); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. Workshop review: Public speaking and media training. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Fall, 1995 1(3); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. A word from the editor. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Summer, 1995 1(2); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. Practice building strategies. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Summer, 1995 1(2); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. A word from the editor. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Spring, 1995 1(1); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. Patient satisfaction pays: Quality service for practice success -- A book review. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Spring, 1995 1(1); .
  • 1995 -- Gordon, H. A. The midwife’s three “C’s” of job selection. Midwifery Business Quarterly. Spring, 1995 1(1); .
  • 1993 -- Gordon, H. A. Business savvy for the CNM. 1993 .
  • 1990 -- Gordon, H. A. Maternity FORWARD for Nurse-Managers. 1990 .
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8717770 -- Matyac (now Gordon), H. G. and Fitchitt, B. L. and Dearing, R. H. Compensation models of certified nurse-midwives in clinical practice. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. June, 1996 10(1); 36-45.
  • 2014 -- Hotelling, B. and Gordon, H. A. How to Become Mother-Friendly: Policies & Procedures for Hospitals, Birth Centers, and Home Birth Services April, 2014 .
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24535177 -- Stevenson, E. L. and Gordon, H. A. Students as active learners and teaching partners in the clinical setting. Nurse Educ. March-April, 2014 39(2); 52-3.
  • 2014 -- Valiga, T. M. and Gordon, H. A. and Phillips, B. C. Promoting and assessing critical thinking (Chapter 10) .
  • 2010 -- Gordon, H. Faculty Matters. Nursintg Education Perspectives. April, 2010 31(2); 76-77.
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26465347 -- Lewinski, A. and Wainwright, K. and Gordon, H. and Derouin, A. Student-Faculty Lunch Program to Increase Mentoring and Facilitate Cross-Program Relationships in School of Nursing. Nurse Educ. October, 2015 Epub ahead of print .
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Video Workbook for Teaching Maternity Nursing
    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology 2007/08 Jump Start Grant
    07/2007 to 06/2008
    Role: PI
    Project goal: This project will develop a series of short video lectures taped via a desk-top, Flip-video on a tiny tripod. A “Video Workbook” will be created for the N220: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family.
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