Very early in her nursing career, Dr. Erickson-Owens realized she had two passions. The first was caring for mothers and babies and the other was educating nurses and midwives. She has managed to keep both these passions alive. During her 20 year career as a military officer, she worked exclusively in maternity care. Her roles were varied-staff nursing, flight nursing, nurse administration and advanced practice as a nurse-midwife. She was also the director of the US Air Force Nurse-Midwifery program in conjunction with Georgetown University. After retiring from the USAF, she joined the URI Nurse-Midwifery faculty and served as its director from 2004-2005. In 2009, she completed her PhD from URI. Her dissertation was a pilot randomized controlled trial focused on the management of the umbilical cord at time of cesarean section. Her findings support the importance of placental transfusion at the time of birth.
Currently, she is the coordinator of URI's Graduate Nursing Education Concentration. In that role, she is very involved in supporting nurses who want to be educators. She is dedicated to "midwifing the students" who will be her future nursing education colleagues. In addition to that role, she is actively involved in clinical research at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence.
Erickson-Owens, D., Mercer, J., and Oh, W. (2011). The Effects of Umbilical Cord Milking in Full-Term Infants Delivered by Cesarean Section. J of Perinatology (In press).
Mercer, J., and Erickson-Owens, D. (2010). Evidence for Neonatal Transition and the First Hour of Life. In Walsh, D and Downe, S eds. Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Erickson-Owens, D., and Mercer, J. (2010). Labor Support. In Shields, S.G and Candib, S.G. eds. Women-Centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Mercer, J.S., Vohr, B.R., Erickson-Owens, D.A., Padbury, J.F., and Oh, W. (2009). Seven-month developmental outcomes of very low birth weight infants enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of delayed versus immediate cord clamping. J Perinatology, Jan. 30 (1), 11-16.
Mercer, J., Erickson-Owens, D., and Skovgaard, R. (2009). Cardiac Asystole at Birth: Is Hypovolemic Shock the Cause? Medical Hypotheses, 72(4), 458-63.
Mercer, J., and Erickson-Owens, D. (2008). The Midwifery View of Shoulder Dystocia. In O'Leary, J.A, (ed). Shoulder Dystocia and Birth Injury, 3rd Ed., Totowa NJ: Humana Press.
Ferszt, G., and Erickson-Owens D. (2008). Development of an educational/support group for pregnant women in prison. J Forensic Nursing, 4, 55-60.
Mercer, J., Skovgaard, R., Erickson-Owens, D. (2008). Fetal to neonatal transition: First, do no harm. In Downe, S, eds. Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier Limited.
Mercer, J., Erickson-Owens, D., Graves, B., Haley, M.M. (2007). Evidence-based practices for the fetal to neonatal transition. J Midwifery and Women's Health, 52 (3), 262-272.
Mercer, J., and Erickson-Owens, D. (2006). Invited comment on The Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping on iron status in Mexican Infants: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet, 367, 1997-2004.
Kennedy, H.P., Erickson-Owens, D., and Davis, J.P. (2006). Voices of Diversity in Midwifery: A Qualitative Research Study. J Midwifery and Women's Health, 51(2), 85-90.