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

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-9357
2009 Pearson Building

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


  • 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 Expertise

  • Global and Community Health
  • Reproductive Health
  • Women's Health

Areas of Interest

Physiological Birth Practices
Hospital Systems and Birth
Women's Health
Community Health

Representative Publications

  • 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
  • 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) In Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators edited by DeYoung, S.. ; : Prentice Hall.
  • 2010 -- Gordon, H. Faculty Matters. Nursintg Education Perspectives. April, 2010 31(2); 76-77
  • 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);
  • 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


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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Several faculty recently attended the 2017 National League for Nursing Education Summit in San Diego, Cali. In attendance were: Beth Phillips, Marilyn Oermann Terry Valiga, Janice Humphreys, Margie Molloy, Helen Gordon, Angela Richards-Eaglin, Queen Utley-Smith and Jennie De Gagne.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DNP alumni Christine Wollenhaup, Eleanor Stevenson, Consulting Associate Julie Thompson, and Helen Gordon publish an article entitled "Implementation of a Modified Bedside Handoff for a Postpatum Unit" in the June issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration. Gloria Nunn with Emory Healthcare was another co-author.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and its Institute for Educational Excellence will host the 7th annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference March 30 and 31. This year’s theme is “Promoting Deeper Learning.”

Friday, October 16, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, students and staff were very visible throughout the National League for Nursing (NLN) annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this month. Here are the highlights: 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anne Derouin and Helen Gordon share "Five Golden Rules for New Graduates" written by Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Several DUSON faculty members recently attended the Assessment Technologies Institute's National Nurse Educator Summit held in San Diego, Calif., to represent DUSON.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Terry Valiga, Helen Gordon and Beth Phillips coauthored a chapter entitled "Promoting and assessing critical thinking" that has been published in the third edition of S. DeYoung's "Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eleanor Stevenson, PhD, RN, and Helen Gordon, DNP, CNM, CNE, coauthored a manuscript entitled "Students as active learners and teaching partners in the clinical setting" that has been published in Nurse Educator, March/April 2014.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Barbara Hotelling and Helen Gordon published a book entitled How to Become Mother-Friendly: Policies and Procedures for Hospitals, Birth Centers, and Home Birth Services. Gordon says the foundational work was done by her and seven ABSN students from the December graduating cohort of 2007. The book went to print on Friday, Nov. 1, and is the only publication of its kind on policies and procedures for mother friendly care systems.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Drs. Janet Prvu Bettger and Frank Titch have been selected as DUSON Teaching Fellows for 2013-2014. The Teaching Fellowship program at DUSON recognizes the importance of teaching, advances the pedagogical expertise of faculty, and provides opportunities for select faculty to continually develop that expertise in ways that will have a significant impact on the practice and science of nursing education.