Tanya N. Carmichael, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC

  • Clinical Lecturer

Affiliated Programs


  • MSN, Nursing Education (2008)
    Duke University, School of Nursing (NC)
  • BSN, Nursing (2003)
    Duke University, School of Nursing (NC)
  • BLA, Women's Studies & Photography (1993)
    University of New Mexico (NM)

About Me

Since becoming a nurse as a second career, I have dedicated myself to nursing roles in women's health, nursing education, and nursing leadership. Upon completing my second-degree BSN program in 2003 at Duke University, I worked as a RN in labor & delivery (L&D), perinatal triage, antepartum, and postpartum units. After discovering a love of mentoring and the ongoing development of professional nurses and nursing students, I obtained a MSN degree in Nursing Education in 2008 at Duke University. I served as a Clinical Nurse Education Specialist for L&D, perinatal triage and antepartum, then transitioned into a nursing leadership role as the Director of Nursing Education at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of Penn Medicine. 

I joined the faculty at Widener University’s School of Nursing in January of 2020, where I teach maternal-child health and other undergraduate nursing courses. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Villanova University and continue to support nursing education in the clinical setting at Penn Medicine. As an educator, I believe that my role is to spark curiosity and vitality in others and to help students attain their academic goals, discover their passions, and pursue lifelong learning.

Research Interests

  • Women's Health
  • Transgender Health
  • Health Equity


Ferrarello, D and Carmichael, T. (2016). Sudden unexpected postnatal collapse: What nurses need to know. Nursing for Women's Health, 20(3), 268-275. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nwh.2016.03.005

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Association of Women's Health Obstetrics & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International 




  • Nurses for Tomorrow Scholar/ Independence Blue Cross Foundation (2020)
  • Victoria Rich Award for Transformational Leadership/ Penn Medicine (2018)
  • Relationship-Based Care Award for Nurse Leader/ Pennsylvania Hospital (2017)
  • Relationship-Based Care Award for Clinical Leader/ Pennsylvania Hospital (2013)