Title: Certified Nurse Midwife, Educator
Company: Harlem Hospital Center
Location: Jamaica, New York, United States
Betty Jane Edna Watts Carrington, Certified Nurse Midwife, Educator at Harlem Hospital Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in maternal newborn healthcare.
Dr. Carrington became involved in her profession because at the time, options were either teaching or nursing and she chose nursing. While in high school, Dr. Carrington did not know what she wanted to do but she knew she did not want to be a teacher, however, someone in her class said they wanted to become a nurse and she thought that was a good idea. From that point on, her job was to find a university that offered a nursing degree. She found out that Ohio State University and the University of Michigan had nursing programs. She chose to go to the University of Michigan because they had a four-year program and Ohio State University had a five-year program. Dr. Carrington received a BSN from the University of Michigan in 1958, an MS and an EdD from Columbia University in 1971 and 1986 respectively. She is proud of working hard and graduating with the highest distinction from the University of Michigan.
Her family emphasized the value of an education and the importance of helping others, which ultimately led to Dr. Carrington entering the field of health care. She specializes in maternal newborn healthcare, women’s healthcare, and community service and she is grateful to have supported others in the field of health care. Growing up she knew she wanted to help people. Dr. Carrington embarked on her decades-long career as a director of the nurse-midwifery service for the Maternity Infant Care Project at Brookdale Hospital Affiliation in Brooklyn, New York from there she became an associate professor of nurse-midwifery at the State University of New York Health Science Center, where she spent seven years before becoming the director of the nurse-midwifery graduate program at Columbia University School of Nursing. She ultimately assumed employment with the Harlem Hospital Center where she spent nine years as a certified nurse midwife, educator and nurse-midwife research associate before retiring.
As a testament to being successful, Dr. Carrington has received myriad accolades including the Bishops Cross from St. David’s Episcopal Church, an award for community service from the Kiwanis of Cambria Heights and the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Award. She is also listed in editions of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women. Not only has earned degrees while taking care of her family been a highlight of her life but she is also proud of her marriage and children. The advice that Dr. Carrington can offer to students aspiring to work in her profession is to have a purpose, try to determine what that purpose is, fulfill that purpose by growing into what you are going to do and stick with it.
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