Dr. Trotter is the lead faculty for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major. She teaches in the advanced women’s health courses as well as the basic perinatal health course and gynecology content within other courses for all NP students. 50% of her time is clinical practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Duke University Medical Center. She is the senior NP for the benign breast clinic as well as a high-risk breast cancer clinic at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2008, she adapted a shared medical appointment model to develop an innovative breast cancer survivor clinic there also.
She received a BSN from George Mason University in 1982, and earned the MSN with a specialty in midwifery at the University of Kentucky in 1988. In 1998, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her DNP from Duke University School of Nursing in 2012. Before joining the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing, she held faculty positions with physician resident education in the Department of Family Medicine within the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School and was a full-time primary care provider. She initiated the CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Medicine and later assisted in development of the CenteringParenting model at the Centering Healthcare Institute. She has been a consultant to numerous practice sites for the Centering model of care.
Kathy Trotter is a strong clinician with interests in women’s health and families. Her current research focuses on application of group health care models to prenatal care, parenting, and chronic illnesses (particularly breast cancer survivors).
|DNP||Duke University School of Nursing|
|MSN||University of Kentucky at Lexington|
|BSN||George Mason University|
|CNM||Certified Nurse Midwife|
|FNP-C||Family Nurse Practitioner|
Kathy Trotter has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) in active practice for over 20 years, and has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) during the past 12 years. She stopped attending births in 2006, but her current practice as a CNM and FNP is in the Department of General Surgery and the Department of Oncology (Breast) at the Duke University Medical Center.
She has extensive experience with the Centering Healthcare group visit model, including CenteringPregnancy, CenteringParenting, and Centering Lifecycle, and serves as Consultant Faculty, national trainer and Site Approval Visitor for the Centering Healthcare Institute. She has implemented an innovative model of breast cancer survivorship care based on the Centering Healthcare model within a freestanding clinic in the Cancer Center of the Duke University Medical Center.
2015 2016 Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Award, Oncology Nursing Society
2014 Selected for Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International
2013 Chapter Innovation Award, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
2012 Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing Award, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
2011 Interviewed in CJONPlus Podcast Series, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
1995 Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina Award
1986 Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
2013 -- Pubmed # 25032022 Trotter, K., Schneider, S. M., Turner, B. S. Group appointments in a breast cancer survivorship clinic. J Adv Pract Oncol. November, 2013; 4(6); 423-31
2013 -- Pubmed # 23598561 Trotter, K. J. The promise of group medical visits. Nurse Pract. May, 2013; 38(5); 48-53
2011 -- Pubmed # 21444277 Trotter, K., Frazier, A., Hendricks, C. K., Scarsella, H. Innovation in survivor care: Group visits. (CJONPlus featured Journal Club article). Clin J Oncol Nurs. April, 2011; 15(2); E24-33
2011 -- Trotter, K. (interviewed by Hooker. M.) CJONPlus Podcast Series: “Innovation in Survivor Care: Group Visits”. URL: http://www.ons.org/Publications/CJON/Features/CJONPlus. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing CJONPlus Podcast Series. April, 2011;
2008 -- Pubmed # 18825863 Nusbaum, M. R., Frasier, P. Y., Rojas, F., Trotter, K., Tudor, G. Sexual orientation and sexual health care needs: a comparison of women beneficiaries in outpatient military health care settings. J Homosex. December 1, 2008; 54(3); 259-76
2007 -- Trotter, K. J. Group Prenatal Care: CenteringPregnancy. In Family Medicine Obstetrics (3rd ed.), edited by Ratcliffe, S. D., Baxley, E. G., Cline, M. K., and Adam. P. 2007; pp. 127-129. St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Elsevier.
2004 -- Trotter, K. J., Sterling, L., Strickland, C., Chetwynd, E. Big ideas to help your practice thrive: Put eight pregnant women in the same room. Family Practice Management. September, 2004; 11(8); 27-34
A Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program at Duke University School of Nursing
Health Resources and Service Administration
Role: PI/Project Director
Project Goal: Establish a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Duke University School of Nursing.
Duke University School of Nursing Teaching Fellow
Duke University School of Nursing Institute for Educational Excellence
Role: PI and Teaching Fellow
To Investigate effective design and implementation of discussion forums in nursing education, primarily at the graduate level, in consultation with mentor Dr. Rita Conrad.
Evaluation of CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Practice Center
UNC Department of Family Medicine
Project Goal: analyze the written evaluations of participants in the CenteringPregnancy program from 4/2003-06/30/2005 at the UNC Family Practice Center
UNC Department of Family Medicine
Project Goal: To learn more about features of the care women receive during pregnancies that are most helpful to them during their pregnancy and following the delivery of their baby.
CenteringPregnancy: A Pilot Program at the UNC Family Practice Center
March of Dimes
Project Goal: To initiate the model of group prenatal care called CenteringPregnancy at an academic family practice clinic
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Summer 2011 | Vol. 7 No. 2
Pushing the Boundaries