Decker nursing faculty

Over the last 25 years, Nicole Rouhana has cared for women and their families, both domestically and internationally. In 2013, she joined the Decker School of Nursing as director of graduate programs.

She began her career as a pediatric registered nurse in rural northern Saudi Arabia, where she quickly discovered her passion for nurse-midwifery. Upon returning to the United States in 1981, she completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in nurse-midwifery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. She then returned to caring for patients living in rural communities, and for 10 years she was the only obstetrical provider in Tioga County, N.Y.

Rouhana cares for women and children living in rural counties in New York and Pennsylvania and has attended to more than 2,000 births. She completed a master's degree in nursing from Binghamton University in 1996. To provide more comprehensive care for the families she cared for, she completed a post-masters certificate as a family nurse practitioner at Stony Brook University in 1999 and has been continuously certified.

Throughout her career Rouhana has demonstrated her commitment to women's and children's health by continually seeking to enhance her knowledge to provide exceptional evidence-based care to her patients.

For 18 years, Rouhana was a clinical assistant professor and director of the Nurse-Midwifery and Perinatal Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Her decision to return to school to pursue her doctorate studies at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing, demonstrates Rouhana's determination to advance public health and improve maternal child health outcomes. Her doctoral research focused on exploring parents' attitudes regarding the immunization of their male children against the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in two of the most rural counties in New York state, which have a higher incidence of cervical cancer than the rest of the state.

Rouhana is active in the American College of Nurse Midwives Division of Education, serving as the section chair of the Online Continuing Education Committee and the American College of Nurse Midwives Division of Research. She is a member of several professional associations including the American Nurse Association, Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International; the National Rural Health Association (where she completed an NRHA Fellows Program); and the Rural Nurse Organization (where she acts as the chair of Membership Committee). She is a member of New York State Association of Licensed Midwives.