(PhD, FACNM, FNP - BC)
Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
Decker School of Nursing
Over the last 25 years, Nicole Rouhana, PhD-C, FACNM, FNP-BC has cared for women and their families, both domestically and internationally. She began her career as a pediatric registered nurse in rural northern Saudi Arabia, where she quickly discovered her passion for Nurse-Midwifery. Upon returning to the United States, in 1981, she completed a post baccalaureate certificate in Nurse-Midwifery at University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. Upon completion of her certificate in Nurse-Midwifery she returned to caring for patients living in rural communities. For ten years she was the only obstetrical provider in Tioga County, NY. She cares for women and children living in rural counties in New York and Pennsylvania and has attended to over 2,000 births. She completed a Master's in Nursing from Binghamton University 1996. In an effort to provide more comprehensive care for the families she cared for she completed a post-masters certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Stony Brook University in 1999 and has been continuously certified.
Throughout her career she has demonstrated her commitment to women's and children's health by continually seeking to enhance her knowledge base in order to provide state of the evidenced based care to her patients. For eighteen years Dr. Rouhana was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery and Perinatal Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, one of the sixth leading research Universities in the country.
Her decision to return to school to pursue her doctorate studies at Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing, which offers a unique doctoral program focusing on rural health nursing, demonstrates her determination to advance public health and improve maternal child health outcomes. Nicole's doctoral research focuses on exploring rural parents attitudes regarding the immunization of their male children against the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in two of the most rural counties in New York State that have been found to have a higher incidence of cervical cancer than the rest of the state.
Professionally she is actively involved in the American College of Nurse Midwives Division of Education, serving as the Section Chair of the On-Line Continuing Education Committee and the American College of Nurse Midwives Division of Research. She is a member of several professional associations including the American Nurse Association, Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International; the National Rural Health Association where she completed an NRHA Fellows Program and the Rural Nurse Organization, where she acts as the Chair of Membership Committee.Within New York State she is a member of New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. In 2013, Dr. Rouhana joined the Decker School of Nursing as Director of Graduate Programs.