Desireé Clement

Desireé Clement

Assistant Professor, clinical track, Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs and NMW Program Coordinator | DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC, FACNM


Desireé Clement, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC, FACNM, is an Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Graduate Clinical Programs at Emory University. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and US Navy Veteran. As an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), she currently holds two APRN certifications: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Dr. Clement has held a variety of roles within healthcare to include hospital, outpatient clinical, and academe. She has experience providing instruction and precepting students from a variety of educational backgrounds to include midwifery, nurse practitioner, and medical school programs. She currently teaches full-time in the Emory Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery programs.

Dr. Clement, completed both her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and Family Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certification at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN. She also completed both her Master of Science degree in nursing (dual specialty: Nurse-Midwifery and Nursing Education) and Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, MD. Her initial registered nursing school diploma was completed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital School of Nursing (currently known as Sentara College of Health Sciences) in Norfolk, VA.

Dr. Clement, after years of delivering babies in her full-scope midwifery career (over 2,000 deliveries), now maintains an outpatient focused clinical practice providing primary care and women’s health as a volunteer clinician at Clarkston Community Health Center, which is free-clinic serving a largely immigrant and uninsured population. Through the Emory University Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, she also enjoys co-leading an annual health service-learning trip with nursing students down to Kingston, Jamaica working alongside the Missionaries of the Poor.

Dr. Clement, also enjoys working and doing research on health policy. She has been called upon multiple times to provide legislative testimony on behalf of nursing practice at the state of Georgia legislature serving as the current Co-Director/Chair of Georgia Coalition of APRNs and State Director-At-Large of United APRNs of Georgia. Additionally, she also serves at the national level as the ACNM National Government Affairs Committee Representative for South Carolina and North Carolina. Dr. Clement, has also held a variety of other leadership roles both at the local and state levels: ACNM Georgia Affiliate (State Vice-President, State Secretary, and State Nominating Committee) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Pi Gamma Chapter- Mercer University: Past President and Counselor).

Additionally, she also maintains active membership involvement with Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Georgia Association of Nurse Educators, Nurses on Boards Coalition, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Selected Awards and Honors

2019, Fellow, American College of Nurse Midwives

2018 Fellow, Institute of Developing Nations (IDN) Thought Leader Fellowship (Emory University Faculty Nomination)

2017 Award Nomination, Jean Thomas Creativity in Teaching Award, Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Emory University Faculty Nomination)

2015 Scholarship Award, Elijah Nevins Kirkpatrick Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Merit (Vanderbilt University)

2011 Award Nomination, Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC): Excellence in Nursing (Midwife, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group)

2004 Honor Induction, Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives & Professionals

2002 Honor Induction, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

2001 Honor Induction, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

2001 Scholarship Award, Helene Fuld Scholar (University of Maryland)

Areas of Expertise

Health Policy
Maternal And Infant Health Midwifery
Womens Health
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Reyes, I., Clement, D., Sheridan, T., Abraham, C., & Wright, P. (2019, July, in press: E-Pub.) Connecting with Students: Using audio-enhanced discussion boards in a nursing curriculum. Nurse Educator, 45(2) 71–72. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000714

Clement, D. (2018). Factors Influencing Georgia Legislators’ Decision-Making on Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 19(3–4), 91–99. doi: 10.1177/1527154418817036



Her research interests are focused on transformational leadership, nursing unity, Interprofessional education and teamwork-based initiatives in relation to quality improvement, healthcare policy with focus on improving access to care issues through removal barriers existing on APRN scope of practice in Georgia.