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Suzanne Baird, DPN, RN



Suzanne Baird, DPN, RN
Tennessee, Region VI

  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction



Dr. Baird is a graduate of Rush College of Nursing's DNP Executive Leadership track and Vanderbilt University MSN and BSN programs. Suzanne has extensive clinical experience in obstetrical nursing and currently works as a consultant throughout the U.S. with her company, Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC and the Maternal QI Specialist for TIPQC.

Previously, Suzanne served as an Assistant Director of Nursing Clinical Program Development at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, taught obstetric and critical care nursing at Vanderbilt University, and worked in L&D at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Suzanne has served on numerous programs for AWHONN including CCOE and PEOP modules author and editor, review of the Obstetric Triage toolkit, and Implementation of Evidence Based Practice Advisory Board. She is currently on the board of editors for JPNN, an editor/author for the 5th edition of the textbook Intrapartum Management Modules and AWHONN High Risk and Critical Care, 4th edition textbook.


Q & A

Question #1
Please describe significant contributions you have made to AWHONN and/or in another professional leadership role. Include any examples where you have advanced the strategic agenda of AWHONN and/or other professional organizations. 

The majority of my contributions to AWHONN have been in education including lecturing at local, state, and national AWHONN conferences, development of the thromboembolism module for Perinatal Orientation and Education Program (POEP), updates to the POEP high risk modules, and coordination and development of the Critical Care Obstetrics Education (CCOE) modules. I was an editor and author for the AWHONN High Risk and Critical Care Obstetrics, 4th edition, and authored a chapter in the 2nd and 3rd editions. In addition, I have reviewed and provided feedback for numerous AWHONN webinars and educational materials.

Question #2
Please describe your expertise or contributions related to promoting improved care for women and babies. Discuss this in terms of your position on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Workforce Diversity and other racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive healthcare.

The focus of my career has been the care of high risk and critically ill obstetric women. Taking care of the critically ill women in our OBICU at Vanderbilt Medical Center gave me the desire to further my education, completing my MSN as a CNS in critical care obstetrics, and obtaining my DNP - implementing maternal early warning criteria at the largest community hospital in Tennessee. Following my DNP, I set up the Women’s ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women. In my current role as Nursing Director of Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, our interprofessional team provides hospital evaluation, education, and team training to enhance knowledge, skills, communication, and unit culture in obstetric emergency response. I continue to lecture throughout the US on these subjects outlining and discussing racial and ethnic disparities to increase awareness and explore with other providers how to improve outcomes for this vulnerable population.

Question #3
Please describe a significant leadership challenge that you have experienced; how you addressed it and relevant outcomes.

I took a job setting up the clinical programs at a new hospital and we needed a Triage acuity tool and defined processes to prioritize care. To accomplish this work, I put together an interprofessional team to develop, implement, and evaluate this program. As the leader, I organized assignments to include a literature search on obstetric acuity tools, process mapping of current and desired practice, triage visit data collection, and protocol development. Once the acuity tool was developed and processes were outlined, education was developed and provided for all nurses, physicians, security, and admissions team members. One education tool was developed by a staff RN and included table top simulation for acuity assignment and bed management. This was a significant leadership challenge due to time constraints, the amount of work to accomplish, and the number of departments/disciplines that interact with triage. This QI project was then presented at AWHONN Convention.

Question #4
Please summarize why you are uniquely qualified for the Board position you are seeking and, if elected, what you plan to accomplish as a member of the Board.

My experiences in bedside nursing, leadership, malpractice case review, and teaching across the US has provided me with a unique understanding of current clinical issues faced when caring for pregnant women. As an AWHONN Board Member, it would be my desire to work with other nursing and medical organizations (e.g. American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine) to develop and implement educational programs that focus on an interprofessional approach to care of the critically ill obstetric woman. I believe obstetric nursing leaders need to be an integral component of teams determining care and future research.




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