Written By Gregory Fischbach

March 16, 2023
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Jennifer Baumstark

Jennifer Baumstark.

HPU Assistant Professor of Nursing Jennifer Baumstark, DNP, APRN, CNM, recently presented at the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) doctoral education conference in Coronado, California. Her presentation entitled, "Nurse Advocates for Gender Diverse People" focused on people who identify outside of the binary genders of male and female, and their need for advocates in healthcare.

"I was honored to speak at the doctoral education conference: passion, purpose, and partnerships, inspiring excellence in doctoral nursing education," said Baumstark. "My podium presentation aimed to discuss the importance of gender diversity education in all levels of nursing curricula to improve healthcare delivery to this vulnerable and marginalized population."   

Baumstark’s presentation was based on her doctoral research, which proved that allowing nurses time to consider any unconscious bias they may have allowed for their transformation of thought. Nurses also increased their awareness of and aimed to be advocates for gender-diverse individuals.  

The annual AACN doctoral conference took place this year from January 19-21; Baumstark presented on January 20. For additional information on the 2023 conference, and information on the 2024 conference in Florida click here. 

Baumstark presented a half-day workshop on gender diversity at the American College of Nurse-Midwives Inclusion Conference in 2020, and in November 2023, she will be presenting a Pecha Kucha presentation on gender diversity at the Sigma Theta Tau's 47th Biennial Conference. 

Baumstark is the department chair for the online graduate nursing programs at HPU. She practiced as a certified nurse-midwife for 20 years. She earned her DNP at HPU and disseminated the findings of her DNP Project on "Improving Healthcare for People in Possession of Transformative Gender Identity (PIPOTGI): Impact of Education on Nurses’ Knowledge and Awareness at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference."

Prior to coming to HPU, Baumstark worked as a certified nurse-midwife, providing family planning services, prenatal care, and attending births on the island of Molokai and on the continental U.S.

To learn more about the HPU School of Nursing click here.

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