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Barbara Padovich



Barbara Padovich

NCC Certifications in Inpatient Obstetrics and Fetal Monitoring
CCE from the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators
MSN (Nursing Education), Belmont University, Nashville, TN
BSN (Nursing), Richard Stockton College, Galloway, NJ
AD (Nursing), Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ


Barbara joined Belmont University’s nursing program as an adjunct instructor in 2004, assisting with inpatient clinical rotations for Maternal Family Nursing and Introduction to Nursing. She has also served as a lab instructor for Heath Assessment and Adult health as well as Maternal Family Nursing. Currently Barbara continues to work with students in the specialty of obstetrics and participates in lecture as well as outpatient clinical activities and events.

Barbara’s clinical experience has been focused in the inpatient setting and has medical surgical background and critical care experience.  Her commitment to providing care to families during child birth began in the 80s when in NJ where she gained expertise and cross-training in labor delivery, well baby nursery, and postpartum. She also gained practice in the field of Childbirth Education. Barbara’s relocation to Nashville promoted further professional growth as she gained experience in high-risk obstetrics and exposure to NICU. With the numerous nursing schools that resided in the area Barbara found herself volunteering to work with the many students who rotated through Centennial Medical Center’s Women’s Hospital. Identifying her enthusiasm teaching and her passion for or nursing in general and her specialty in particular, Barb served as adjunct faculty for several local schools of nursing before arriving at Belmont. Once at Belmont, she began work on her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, which she completed in 2009.

Barb is an active member of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and enjoys participating in their sponsored events and activities. Barb is married and enjoys caring for animals, creative crafting, and reading.


A personal note from Barbara. . . . .

Becoming a nurse was the furthest thing from my mind!  Because I always enjoyed school, and World History, English, and Literature were my favorite subjects I just assumed I would go into teaching. I began a Liberal Arts degree a rather prestigious teachers college near to my home. When everyone I knew was graduating with a liberal arts degree, and job prospects seemed questionable, I decided to try nursing and get my  “RN” from a 2-year program. In only two years I could be a nurse and have a job! That sounded great tome!

I did not recognize that my stumbling into nursing was not a whim or fluke, but a God-directed chain of events that has blessed me in countless ways. I was provided with daily opportunities to give my best to care for those in need whether it was in sickness, or in the most amazing and miraculous display of God’s gifts, human birth.

I remain awestruck at the process of birth and the beauty, strength, and resiliency of the family.  I so enjoy facilitating the discovery of this wonder to students and helping them acquire the skills and thought processes that are vital to caring for families in childbirth.


Contact Information

email: barbara.padovich@belmont.edu



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