Office Phone: (540) 432-4191
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: CC 335
Asst Professor of Practice
As an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Nursing at EMU, and a Certified Nurse-Midwife in private practice, Ann combines a life-long interest in women’s health and health education. Ann first pursued a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, but after earning her Master’s switched her focus to nursing. She attended the 2nd degree BSN program at UVA, then earned her CNM and MSN at Frontier Nursing University. Over the years, Ann has worked in hospitals, birth centers, and health departments, and has helped over 1000 babies into the world. Teaching allows her to help educate the next generation of nurses, and also tell some great stories! Her professional interests include therapeutic communication and connection in the healthcare setting, the political and professional role of nurses and advanced-practice nurses, and sexuality education. In the Department of Nursing, she teaches Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (NURS 326), Professionhood II (NURS 427), is the Level 2 Coordinator, and assists with Family in Community. This summer (2016) she is leading the EMU/Midwives for Haiti Senior Seminar. She has also taught in the ADCP (2014).
Ann lives with her partner and their 2 children in the city of Harrisonburg, and enjoys gardening, running, reading, and all that the beautiful Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
DNP – anticipated December, 2017: Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY
MSN – 2012: Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, KY
CNM – 2000: Community Based Nurse-Midwifery program of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (CNEP/FSMFN).
BSN Honors – 1998: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Major: Nursing.
M.Ed. – 1995: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Concentration: Counseling Psychology.
BA Honors, Magna Cum Laude – 1992: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Major: Psychology.
6/10-7/10 Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. Completed 6 weeks (150 hours) Spanish language classes in an immersion setting in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. Have moderate conversational fluency in the clinical setting.
5/08 ASCCP Training in Colposcopy. Completed 40 hours of training in colposcopy of the lower genital tract. Completed 20 colposcopies with physician supervision before progressing to independent practice.
10/09 Centering Pregnancy Training. Completed training with the Centering HealthCare Initiative to provide Centering prenatal care to women.
Schaeffer, A., & Nelson, E. (1993). Rape supportive attitudes: Effects of on-campus residence and education. Journal of College Student Development, 34, 175-179.
2015: Schaeffer, A., & Schminkey, D. “Comprehensive Sexuality Education as Primary Prevention for Childhood Sexual Abuse.” Poster Presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
2010-present: Lectures as requested to various course sections at Eastern Mennonite University and in the Harrisonburg community, including topics in the history of midwifery, advance practice nursing, human sexuality, and anatomy and physiology
2005-present: Articles as requested to the Daily News Record and Bloom Magazine
2000-2002: General lectures on midwifery practice and advance practice nursing to students enrolled in the BSN program at the University of Virginia
Church, Community and Professional Service
2015 – Midwives for Haiti, medical mission trip
2014-present: Office on Children & Youth, Board Member
2014-present: Shenandoah Valley United, Youth Soccer (U12), head coach
2010-present: Virginia Chapter of Nurse Practitioners
2010-present: Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Peer Reviewer for submitted journal articles
2004-present: Collins Center Board of Directors, current Personnel Committee Chair, former Board President 2007-2009
2003-present: Shalom Mennonite Congregation: Education Committee Member, Safe Congregations Committee Member, Sunday School Teacher, mentor to a teen in the congregation.
11/98-present: American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
11/98-2002: National Association of Childbearing Centers.
Community Educator: Youth Sexuality Education, various capacities
Certifications and Licenses
ACNM Certification #10223: Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
VA Nurse Practitioner License #0024164661
Licensed Nurse Practitioner Authority to Prescribe #0017137225
Nurse Practitioner Controlled Substance Registration #0223000849
Virginia Board of Nursing License #0001160124: Registered Nurse (RN)
DEA #: MS0896805
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certified
Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP)
Advanced Fetal Monitoring: completed 9/99
New Courses Taught
NURS 326 (ongoing)
NURS 426 (ongoing, grader)
ADCP NURS 340 (Summer 2014)
NURS 427 (ongoing)
CORE 401b (Summer, 2016)