Helen Hurst, DNP, RNC-OB, APRN-CNM

  • Helen HurstDepartment Head and Associate to the Dean Associate Professor 
    LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professor in Nursing 
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • PHONE: (337)-482-5635
  • EMAIL: helenhurst@louisiana.edu



    • D.N.P. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • M.S.N. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • B.S.N. University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • B.S. University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana


Post-Graduate/Specialty Training

    • Certificate in Nurse Midwifery


Licensure and Board Certifications

    • AMCB Certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife
    • NCC certification in Inpatient ObstetricsNRP
    • RN and APRN-CNM State of Louisiana Licensure


Academic Positions

    • Graduate Nursing Coordinator/Associate Professor and LGMC/BORSF Endowed Professor in Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
    • Department Head and Associate to the Dean 


Honors & Awards

    • 2016 Cols. Jean & Phillip Piccone Nursing Faculty Development Award
    • 2016 -2017 Fellow, Leadership in Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    • 2017 UL Lafayette Distinguished Professor Award Nominee. 
    • 2011 Nominee for the Ray P Authement Excellence in Teaching Award
    • Acadiana Celebrates Nursing Honoree


Professional Affiliations

    • 2018 -Present Louisiana Pregnany Associated Mortality Review Committee    (represetning AWHONN)  
    • 2017 -Present Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (AWHONN State Nurse Leadership Representitive for AIM) 
    • 2016-2018 AWHONN Section advisory Committee (national level)
    • 2017-2019 Chair AWHONN  2019 Convention Porgram Planning Committee
    • 2017-2019 Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women (appointed by City/Parish President) 
    • AWHONN 2017 Convention Host Committee Chair
    • AWHONN 2017 Convention Program Planning Committee
    • AWHONN State Nurse Leader for Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Project
    • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) National Expert Panel for the Empowering Women to Seek Needed Care Project
    • Editorial board member Nursing for Women's Health
    • Editorial board member Healthy Mom and Baby magazine
    • National League of Nursing
    • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing: Delta Eta Chapter
    • Manuscript reviewer for the AWHONN Nursing for Women's Health
    • Manuscript reviewer for Clinical Simulation in Nursing
    • Office of Public Health Region IV Fetal & Infant Mortality Review Case Review Member
    • AWHONN National Section Advisory Panel Member

Areas of Research Interest

  • Evidence based practice in obstetric nursing.
  • Clinical simulation in obstetric nursing


Selected Publications & Presentations

    • Lenahan, C., Hurst, H.M., & Littlefield, A. (in press for September 2019). Recognition and management of secondary postpartum hemorrhage. Women's Healthcare (peer-reviewed) 
    • Hurst, H.M. (in press). Antepartum-intrapartum complications. In M.T. Verklan & M. walden(Eds.), AWHONN: Core curriculum for neonatal intensive care nursing (6th ed.). St. Louis: MO: Elsevier Saunders. (peer review
    • Stagg, D., & Hurst, H.M. (2016). Zika virus and pregnancy. Nursing for Women’s Health, 20 (3), 299-304. (peer-reviewed)
    • Harolds, L., & Hurst, H.M. (2016). Preventing workplace injuries among perinatal nurses. Nursing for Women’s Health, 20 (1), 99-108. (peer-reviewed)
    • Hurst, H. M., & Lemoine J, B. (2016). Diagnosing dermatological conditions of pregnancy. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12 (2), e57-e58. (peer-reviewed)
    • Lemoine J, B., & Hurst, H. M. (2015). Are you screening your patients for HIV? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(9), 917-918. (peer-reviewed)
    • Broussard, L., & Hurst, H. (2015). Plagiarism prevention and detection: A challenge. Nurse Educator, 40(4). (peer-reviewed).
    • Hurst, H. M., & Linton, D. M. (2015). Preconception care: Planning for the Future. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(3), 335-340. (peer-reviewed)
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Antepartum-intrapartum complications. In M. T. Verklan & M. Walden (Eds.), AWHONN: Core curriculum for neonatal intensive care nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.  (peer-reviewed) Awarded 1st place in the AJN 2014 Book of the Year Awards in the Critical Care/Emergency Nursing category and 2nd place in the Child Health Category.
    • Landry, J., & Hurst, H.M. (2013). The emerging threat from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Nursing for Women’s Health, 17(6), 519-524. (peer-reviewed)
    • Linton, D.L., & Hurst, H.M. (2013). Diagnosing and managing predisease states in women’s health. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5 (13), 319-320. (peer-reviewed) 
    • Lemoine, J. & Hurst, H.M (2012). The integration of SMART pump technology in the NICU. Nursing for Women’s Health, 16(2), 151-158.(peer-reviewed)
    • 2018   Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Oregon AWHONN State Conference (keynote speaker), Gleneden Beach, Oregon, Female Sexuality Across the Lifespan. 
    • 2018  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Oregon AWHONN State Conference (keynote speaker), Gleneden Beach, Oregon, Mentoring - Leadership Through Mentoring 
    • 2018  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Oregon AWHONN State Conference (keynote speaker), Gleneden Beach, Oregon, Maternal Mortality and AWHONNs PostBirth Warning Signs 
    • 2018  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Oregon AWHONN State Conference (keynote speaker), Gleneden Beach, Oregon, QBL: Implementing and Maintaining Practice Change 
    • 2018  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, National Convention, Tampa, Florida. Mentoring - Embracing Opportunity and Finding Balance. 
    • 2017   2017-2018 Nursing Update Series: Women's Wellness: Prevention and Early Detection of Disease. Lafayette, LA. Preconception Care: Every Visit, Evey Time 
    • 2017   NLN Education Summit, San Diego, California. Nurse Educator Admissions into DNP Programs. (Poster presentation with Dr.Donna Gauthier)
    • 2017   Tenth national Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. Mentoring - Embracing Opportunity and Finding Balance.   
    • 2017   Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. Women's Health Issues, Legislation and the Political Landscape.
    • 2017   American Association of Colleges of Nursing Masters Conference, Dallas, Texas. Using a Consortium Model to Advance Graduate Nursing Education. (With Dr. Lorinda Sealy). 
      In the Media
    • Cross, P. (Director/Producer). (2017, June 28th). Dr. Helen Hurst interview on sexually transmitted infections. (Radio show - Bayou to Beltway). Retrieved from https://krvs.org/post/bayou-beltway-june-28-2017-dr-helen-hurst 
    • Amseican Nurses Association, National Webinar, (2016) Zika Virus: What Nurses Need to Know. Presenting panel member, (1200 participant).  
    • Consumer publications
    • Hurst, H.M (2016). Prenatal care: mapping your 40 weeks.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (16), 33-34. 
    • Hurst, H.M (2016). Zika Virus: What pregnant women need to know.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (16), 42. Available at http://www.health4mom.org/zika-virus-pregnant-women
    • Hurst, H.M (2015). Breastfeeding apart from baby.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (15), 38.
    • Hurst, H.M (2015). Why baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (15), 35.
    • Hurst, H.M (2015). Placenta problems.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (14), 62.
    • Hurst, H.M (2014). Can you hear me now? Testing your baby’s hearing.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (16), 26-27.
    • Hurst, H.M (2014). Understanding newborn screening.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (14), 61.
    • Hurst, H.M (2013). Your high risk pregnancy.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (11), 38.
    • Hurst, H.M (2013). Baby spacing.  Healthy Mom and Baby, (12), 44.
      Expert videos for AWHONN – Healthy Mom and Baby www.health4mom.org 
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Why do I need so many prenatal visits? Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from     http://www.health4mom.org/video/why-do-i-need-so-many-prenatal-visits/ 
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Why does the nurse check my urine, blood pressure and weight at every visit? Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/video/why-does-the-nurse-check-my-urine/ 
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Am I at risk for preterm labor? Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/Am-I-At-Risk-For-Preterm-Labor 
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Who will help me during labor and birth? Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/who-will-help-me-during-labor-and-birth 
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Is an occasional glass of wine safe during pregnancy? Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/is-an-occasional-glass-of-wine-safe-during-pregnancy
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). How will I know when it is time to go to the hospital?  Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/how-will-i-know-when-its-time-to-go-to-the-hospital
    • Hurst, H.M. (2015). Does it matter if I get an epidural?  Healthy Mom & Baby. Retrieved from http://www.health4mom.org/does-it-matter-when-i-get-an-epidural


Selected Funded Projects and Research

    • Zeanah, P., Cartier, J., Hurst H.M., Lenanhan, C., & Lin, Hung-Chu. (2018). ACE Summit: Promoting a Culture of CARE (Collaboration, Advocacy, Research. Edcuation) for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Louisiana. (Louisiana Children's Trust Fund, $24,005 - funded). 
    • Hurst, H.M., & Lenahan, C.  (2015). Eye Examination Simulator for Advanced Physical Assessment ($1300.00 Educational Development Grant).
    • Lemoine, J., & Hurst, H.M. (2015). Maternal-Child Learning Lab High-Fidelity Simulator: Enhancement of the Department of Nursing Learning Resource Center. ($70, 894.00). 
    • Hurst, H.M., & Landry, J.  (2013). Ear Examination Simulator for Advanced Physical Assessment ($860.00 Educational Development Grant).
    • Broussard, L & Hurst, H. (2009) Student Anxiety in Maternal Child Simulation ($500 Research Awards Delta Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International).
    • Hurst, H, & Broussard, B (2009). The Resource Center for Young Parents-To-Be ($3750 Junior League of Lafayette Community Grant Program).