Title: Nurse Midwife
Company: Health Partners
Location: Mendota Heights, Minnesota, United States
Monica Jean McCleary, Nurse Midwife at Health Partners, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nurse midwifery.
Ms. McCleary became involved in her profession because of an article she once read. She was in a summer speed-reading class when she read a story about Mary Breckinridge, a nurse-midwife who was 27 years old when her husband and child died. This led her to become a midwife who ultimately helped decrease the rate of infant mortality in Hardin County, Kentucky. This inspired Ms. McCleary earn a BA from St. Catherine University in 1978, an MS from the University of Minnesota in 1978, and obtained RN as well as nurse-midwife certification. Mrs. McCleary has worked as a certified nurse-midwife, nurse, and birth instructor until her retirement in 1992 and feels that the relationship between nurses and other staff is important to safe practice and good patient care.
The highlight of Ms. McCleary’s career was when a woman told her that Ms. McCleary inspired her to seek help for depression, which prompted the woman to turn her life around. She had no family of her own, so she adopted a child from India, got married, and was in the process of adopting another child. Ms. McCleary touched this woman’s life without directly working with her and considers this to be a testament to the power of listening. Due to her excellence in the field of healthcare, Ms. McCleary was the chapter vice chairman of the American College Nurse Midwives from 1986 to 1988 and has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the fifth edition of Who’s Who in American Nursing, the 16th and 17th editions of Who’s Who of American Women, and the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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