Tiffany Montgomery, PhD, MSHP, RNC-OB, is a student member of NPWH who is enrolled in a post-masters WHNP program. Learn more about her in this NPWH Member Spotlight.
What are your certifications? I am dually certified in in-patient obstetrics (RNC-OB) and electronic fetal monitoring (EFM-C). I look forward to becoming a certified WHNP soon.
How long have you been practicing? Where did you go to school? I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse for 15 years. I received my BSN from San Jose State University; MSN from California State University, Dominguez Hills; PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles; and MSHP from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently enrolled in the post-master’s WHNP program at Thomas Jefferson University.
What kind of practice do you work in? I am a per diem nurse on a level three L&D unit. I’ve also worked in an OBGYN ambulatory care clinic in the past.
Do you have a particular specialty? If so, how did you get interested in that specialty? I use community-based participatory research methods to develop sexual risk-reduction interventions that are delivered via text message, web-based applications, and other forms of mobile health technology. I hope to specialize in sexually transmitted infection and disease prevention and treatment once I am a licensed WHNP. My interest in this area came from anecdotal evidence of low health care utilization and high repeat STI rates among my adolescent and young adult (AYA) women. I have a special place in my heart for teen parents and AYA patients. I am excited to continue working with these young women and playing a bigger role in helping them to make informed choices about their sexual health.
Did you always want to be an NP? What made you want to become an NP? What has your career trajectory been? I applied to nursing school with a desire to become a certified nurse midwife. By the time I graduated from nursing school, I changed my focus to nursing education in response to the lack of diversity among nursing faculty. To date, I have never had an African-American nursing professor. The only Black nurse faculty I have been taught by was from the Caribbean Islands. I wanted to increase the representation of Black nurse faculty. While in my MSN in nursing education program, I realized that I wanted to continue in practice while working full-time in higher education. My decision to become a WHNP centers around a desire to focus more broadly on sexual and reproductive health promotion and disease prevention, than on obstetrics alone.
What is one fun fact about you? I used to be involved in musical theater. In high school and college, I played the same character in the musical “Once on This Island.” I didn’t have to learn my lines or any of the songs because I already knew them… I knew everyone else’s lines, as well.