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Cara Busenhart, Ph.D., CNM, APRN, FACNM

Program Director, Advanced Practice & Midwifery Education Programs
Clinical Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas
MSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Certificate, Nurse-Midwifery, Bi-State Nurse-Midwifery Education Program
BSN, Truman State University


  • KU faculty since 2009
  • Clinical practice at JayDoc Free Health Clinic, & The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Wyandotte County Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), Case Review Team
  • Kansas State Board of Nursing, APRN Committee, CNM Appointed Member
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, Nurse-Midwifery Advisory Council, Chair & Appointed Member
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education, and Journal of Interprofessional Care

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 841, Reproductive Endocrinology
  • NRSG 870, Teaching Strategies: Designing a Student Learning Environment
  • NRSG 921, Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan
  • NRSG 922, Care of Women in the Antepartal Period
  • NRSG 923, Nurse-Midwifery in the Postpartum and Newborn Period
  • NRSG 924, Nurse-Midwifery in the Intrapartum Period
  • NRSG 925, Care of Women in the Antepartal Period Practicum
  • NRSG 926, Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan Practicum
  • NRSG 927, Childbearing Family Practicum: Intrapartum, Postpartum, and Newborn
  • NRSG 928, Nurse-Midwifery Integration Practicum

Select Publications 

  • Busenhart, C. (2017). Discharge Teaching. In Gardner, S., & Snell, B.J. (eds.) Newborn Care: Guide for Managing the Well Baby Through the First Month.  Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Willmarth-Stec, M., Arbour, M., Busenhart, C., Lange-Kessler, J., & Rouhana, N. (2015). ACNM Exam Prep Workbook. Silver Spring: American College of Nurse-Midwives.
  • Meyer, M., Groller, K., Myers, S., Busenhart, C., Waugh, S., & Stegenga, K. (2014). Simulation as a learning experience: Perceptions of new Registered Nurses. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(8), 384-394.
  • Busenhart, C. (2010). Reproductive pharmacology (chapter 6) in Rx for NCLEX Success: Pharmacology. Indianapolis, IN: The College Network.
  • Breedlove, G. & Busenhart, C. (2005). Screening and detection of ovarian cancer. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 50(1), 51-54. PMID: 15637515

Select Presentations

  • Busenhart, C., Gates, C., & Wickstom, E. (May 2018). Optimizing Access and Interprofessional Collaboration: The Transition Between a Home Birth Setting and a Hospital Setting. American College of Nurse-Midwives 63rd Annual Meeting. Savannah, GA.
  • Busenhart, C., & Miller, K. (April 2017). Leadership and Policy through Advocacy. Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International. Kansas City, KS.
  • Stokes, S., & Busenhart, C. (November 2016). The Transition between a Home Birth Setting to a Hospital Setting: Optimizing Care Across Birth Settings. Mind and Heart Together Symposium. Liberty, MO.
  • Busenhart, C. (April 2016). Management of Obesity in Pregnancy. 41st Annual Women's Health Care Symposium. Overland Park, KS.
  • Ogren, M., & Busenhart, C. (March 2016). Maternal-Infant Separation during Hospitalization after Birth. Midwest Nursing Research Society. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Busenhart, C. (September 2014). Leveling the IPEC Competencies: A Blueprint for Planning Interprofessional Education. Healthcare Simulation Conference. Overland Park, KS.
  • Groller, K., Meyer, M., Myers, S., Busenhart, C., Waugh, S., & Stegenga, K. (2014, January). The Opportunity to Act like a Nurse: A Qualitative Analysis of Perceived Impact of Simulation on Professional Role Transition. Presented at International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, San Francisco, CA.


  • Promoting Primary Care Advanced Practice Nursing in Rural Kansas. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Co-Investigator. ($1.4 million)
  • Silver City Health Center Midwifery Service Patient Education Project. University of Kansas Hospital Auxiliary. ($2,000)
  • Optimizing Maternity Care in Greater Kansas City Symposium. Community Grant, March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter. ($2,000)
  • Maternal Options that Matter Patient Education. University of Kansas Hospital Auxiliary. ($1,500)

Awards & Honors

  • 2018, Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • 2018, Fellow, Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program 
  • 2015, Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation
  • 2014, 2015, 20 & 201817, Outstanding Women's Health Provider, JayDoc Free Health Clinic
Last modified: Apr 14, 2021


Cara Busenhart, Ph.D., CNM, APRN, FACNM
Program Director, Advanced Practice & Midwifery Education Programs
Clinical Assistant Professor

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