Dinorah Fernandez, RNC-OB, MSN, PHN, is employed as clinical faculty California State University, Stanislaus. She teaches third semester prelicensure BSN students focusing on the obstetric and pediatric population. She has also taught Maternal Health and Transcultural Nursing. In addition to being faculty she has also worked for the last 11 years at a local acute care hospital, Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, CA. She is a clinical III obstetrical staff nurse in the Women and Children’s Center. In addition to working at the bedside, she also teaches several Introduction to Obstetric Program courses for new hires and Spanish Childbirth Education classes for the community. Dinorah is a member of the Obstetrical High Risk Committee and has worked on the hospital task force to implement strategic planning for OB crisis situations on the unit. She also works diligently on the Grief and Loss Committee to help with birth experiences of grieving mothers.
Dinorah holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing, is Board Certified as a Public Health Nurse, and is has also received certification from the National Certification Corporation in Inpatient High Risk Obstetrics. She is a part of several national organizations including the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (STTI). Her master’s degree research included a culminating project about increasing the diversity in the nursing. She presented her research at an STTI conference in Indianapolis in 2014. She is very passionate about cultural diversity and its importance in the profession.