Melissa Saftner, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM

Clinical Professor
Melissa Saftner

Contact

Office Phone
Office Address

University of Minnesota- Duluth
1035 University Ave
Duluth, MN 55812
United States

Titles

Clinical Professor
Specialty Director, Nurse-Midwifery Program

Education

PhD, University of Michigan
Major: Women's Health Nursing

MS, University of Michigan
Major: Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery

BSN, University of Colorado
Major: Nursing

BS, United States Military Academy
Major: European History

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Biography

Melissa A. Saftner, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM, is a clinical professor in the School of Nursing where she directs the nurse-midwifery program. She is a member of the ACNM DGE Education Committee, ACNM Committee of Midwife Advocates for Certified Midwives and is active in the Minnesota Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Dr. Saftner’s research focus is on adolescent health issues, particularly global adolescent health, and physiologic birth. She is peer reviewer for multiple professional journals and a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

Research Summary

Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior
Health promotion in adolescent populations
Global health

Research Methods/Techniques
Grounded Theory Qualitative
Methods Mixed Methods

Teaching Summary

Academic Interests and Focus
Nurse-midwifery
Nursing Research
Health disparity prevention

Teaching Areas
Midwifery
Reproductive health care
Quality improvement

Clinical Summary

Board Certifications: American Midwifery Certification Board;

Clinical Interests: Adolescent Health, Outpatient Care, Midwifery Model of Care

Clinical Experience Statement:
I have worked for over a decade caring for individuals and their families. It is an honor to work with patients as they transition through various life stages.

Honors and Recognition

  • Kitty Ernst Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2019
  • Fellow, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2017
  • Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2016
  • Exceptional Mentorship, The Daisy Foundation Daisy Award, 2015
  • MNRS Adolescent Health Research Section Dissertation Award, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • American College of Nurse Midwives

Publications

Selected Publications

Miller, K. K., Saftner, M. A., McNamara, M., McMorris, B., Olupot-Olupot, P., 2022. Provision of adolescent health care in Resource-Limited Settings: Perceptions, practices and training needs of Ugandan health care workers. Children and Youth Services Review, 132 106310.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106310

Saftner, M. A., Pruitt, K. S., McRee, A. L., 2021. Conversation, Condoms, and Contraception: How Does Communication With Sexual Partners Affect Safer Sexual Behaviors Among American Indian Youth?. Journal of School Nursing, 37 (2): 109-116.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840519849097

Arbour, M. W., Gordon, I. K., Saftner, M., Tanner, T., 2020. The Experience of Sleep Deprivation for Midwives Practicing in the United States. Midwifery, 89
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102782

Saftner, M., Thompson, M., Ngabirano, T. D., McMorris, B. J., 2020. Adaptation of the Event History Calendar for Ugandan Adolescents. Global Health Promotion, 27 (3): 159-170.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975919878179

Ngabirano, T. D., Saftner, M. A., McMorris, B. J., 2020. Exploring Health Behaviors in Ugandan Adolescents Living in Rural Fishing Communities. Journal of School Nursing,
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840520947142. Epub ahead of print. PubMed ID: 32757810.

Neerland, C. E., Avery, M. D., Looman, W. S., Saftner, M. A., Rockwood, T. H., Gurvich, O. V., 2020. Development and Testing of the Preparation for Labor and Birth Instrument. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 49 (2): 200-211.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2019.12.006

Neerland, C. E., Avery, M. D., Saftner, M. A., Gurvich, O. V., 2020. Corrigendum to `Maternal Confidence for Physiologic Birth: Associated Prenatal Characteristics and Outcomes' [Midwifery 77 (2019) 110-116]. Midwifery, 80
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2019.102557

Neerland, C. E., Avery, M. D., Saftner, M., Gurvich, O. V., 2019. Maternal confidence for physiologic birth: Associated prenatal characteristics and outcomes. Midwifery, 77 110-116.

Ngabirano, T. D., Saftner, M. A., McRee, A., McMorris, B. J., Considerations for conducting global health research with adolescents in rural communities. Journal of Global Health Reports,
doi: https://doi.org/10.29392/001c.17605

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Midwest Integration of the National HIV Curriculum (MINH
Principal Investigator: Rybicki, Sarah Louise
Sponsoring Organization: University of Illinois Chicago
Award Dates: 2019 - 2022

Award: Midwest Integration of the National HIV Curriculum (MINH
Principal Investigator: Rybicki, Sarah Louise
Sponsoring Organization: University of Illinois Chicago
Award Dates: 2019 - 2022

Award: Exploring Risk behaviors in Uganda Adolescents living in
Principal Investigator: Saftner, Melissa Ann
Sponsoring Organization: Sigma Theta Tau International
Award Dates: 2017 - 2018

Award: Exploring Adolescent Risk in Ugandan Fishing Communities
Principal Investigator: Saftner, Melissa Ann
Sponsoring Organization: Sigma Theta Tau International
Award Dates: 2017 - 2018