Lynette Hamlin


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Women's access to care, nurse-midwifery outcomes
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Year Degree Institution/Location
1996 PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Nursing; Minor Public Administration)
1993 Certificate University of Illinois at Chicago (Nurse-Midwifery)
1987 MSN Loyola University Chicago (Perinatal Nursing)
1982 BSN Loyola University Chicago


Dr. Lynette Hamlin received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing as a maternal-child clinical nurse specialist from Loyola University of Chicago. She earned a post-master’s certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in nursing with a minor in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She was the first Certified Nurse-Midwife to receive clinical privileges in Lake County, Illinois. As nurse-midwifery program director at Yale University, she re-activated the nurse-midwifery faculty practice. With the assistance of an educational training grant from HRSA, she began a nurse-midwifery practice in the Naugatuck Valley. This practice, Women’s Health and Midwifery, was honored by the Department of Health and Human Services within its integrated health and social service system as a National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (CCOE).

Dr. Hamlin has extensive experience as both a nursing and nurse-midwifery practitioner and educator. She has held university faculty appointments, including Department of Nursing Chair and Dean of Nursing. She has worked as a consultant to nursing programs, including the creation and development of two BSN nursing programs in New Hampshire. Dr. Hamlin has significant expertise in new faculty orientation, long-term faculty development, and faculty mentoring in the promotion and tenure process, including guiding faculty with their scholarship trajectories.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a participant in the Department of Health and Human Services 2003 Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship, and a recipient of the coveted Kitty Ernst Award, which honors a CNM/CM who has been certified for less than ten years and has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in midwifery and/or women's health clinical practice, education, administration, or research.

Dr. Hamlin’s scholarly work focuses on access to care for underserved women. She completed a secondary analysis of birth certificate data in New Hampshire to examine whether or not the decline in access to inpatient obstetrical services in the rural regions of the state affected women’s utilization of prenatal care and birth outcomes. Dr. Hamlin has also examined reimbursement issues for certified nurse-midwives.

Dr. Hamlin has authored two texts, over 20 peer-reviewed publications, given numerous presentations on health policy issues at regional, national, and international conferences, and serves as a peer reviewer for referred journals. Professional Issues in Midwifery (2007) is the first text designed to focus on the distinctly unique characteristics of the profession of midwifery in the United States, discussing both current issues and future directions. Advanced Practice Nursing: Contexts of Care (2015) is written for use as health policy cases. The framework for the book is based upon the Institute of Medicine’s competencies for health professions education. Contexts of Care (2015) received a perfect score of 100 and a 5-star review from Doody’s Review Service.

In her capacity as a women’s health policy leader, she has been a member in the community of women’s health organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Response System of Southern Maine, BirthMatters, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and the South Carolina March of Dimes Program Services Committee. She has served as a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Citizen Health Initiative and as chair of the APRN Liaison Committee for the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, in addition to serving in leadership roles for over ten years in the Division of Women’s Health Policy and Leadership for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, including the role of Chair of the division.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Fellow, American Academic of Nursing (2017)

Fellow, American College of Nurse-Midwives (2004)

Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship, Department of Health and Human Services (2003)

Kitty Ernst Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives (2002)

Women’s Health & Midwifery Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services (2002


Hamlin, L. (2018). Obstetric access and the community health imperative for rural women. Family and Community Health, 41(2), 105-110.

Hamlin, L. (2017). Comparison of births by provider, place, and payer in New Hampshire. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 18(2), 95-104.

Hamlin, L. (2014). Contexts of Care: Advanced Practice Nursing. Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.