Liz Nutter, DNP, CNM, FACNM

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Assistant Professor of Nursing


Liz Nutter served in the United States Army and retired in 2021 as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is a proven nursing leader with more than 20 of nursing and healthcare leadership experience. She is a board-Certified Nurse Midwife and is recognized as a national expert in waterbirth and hydrotherapy evidence-based practice. She was the Director of the United States Army’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Post-bachelorette Nursing Program from 2014-2017. Her last military assignment was at Madigan Army Medical Center where she served as the Chief Midwife. 

She graduated from University of Portland with a BSN in 2021, an MSN from Radford University with a certificate in Midwifery from Shenandoah University in 2009. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Frontier Nursing University in 2014. She was named a fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2020 and was the United States Army Surgeon Generals Consultant for Women’s Health Nursing from 2017-2020.


  • Nutter, E. (2018). Support for women during labor.  In R. King., M. Brucker., K. Osborne., & C. Jevitt (Eds.), Varney’s midwifery (pp. 51-985).  Jones & Bartlett Learning. 
  • Nutter, E., Shaw-Batisita, J.  (2016). The midwife as catalyst: Promoting institutional change and hydrotherapy to facilitate physiological childbirth. In B. Anderson & S. Stone (Eds.), Best practice in midwifery: Using the evidence to implement change (pp. 429-446). Springer. 
  • Nutter, E.  (2016). Decreasing vulnerability in birth: Waterbirth in military treatment facilities. In M. DeChesnay, & B. Anderson (Eds.), Caring for the vulnerable, (pp.253-262). Jones and Bartlett.


  • Kane-Lowe, L., & Nutter, E.  (Eds).  (2017).  A Model Practice Template for Hydrotherapy in Labor and Birth.  Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 62(1):120-126.  doi” 10.111/jmwh.12587 
  • Munroe, M., & Nutter, E. (2016). Hydrotherapy during the First Stage of Labor. Army Medical Command Policy Memo 16-004. 
  • Nutter, E. Meyer S., Shaw-Battista J., Marowitz A. (2014). Waterbirth: An Integrative Analysis of Peer-Reviewed Literature.  Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 59(3): 286-319. doi:10.111/jmwh.12194 
  • Nutter, E., Shaw-Battista J., Marowitz A. (2014). Waterbirth Fundamentals for Clinicians. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 59(3), 350-354. doi:10.111/jmwh.12193
  • Nutter, E.  (2013).  Hydrotherapy and childbirth: An evidence-based protocol to guide waterbirth in Army hospitals. [Doctoral capstone, Frontier Nursing University]. Frontier Campus Repository.


  • Fellow American College of Nurse-Midwives 2020
  • Order of Military Medical Merit United States Army 2019
  • US Army Surgeon General 9A Designator 2019
  • Kitty Ernst Award American College of Nurse Midwives 2016
  • Evangeline G. Bovard Award 2013
  • DAISY Nursing Excellence Award 2012