Samantha A. Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM

Clinical Associate Professor, Child and Family Health Cooperative,

Samantha A. Sommerness

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9445 (Twin C

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-148 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinical Associate Professor, Child and Family Health Cooperative


Awards & Recognition

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award 2013, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

FHS “GEM Award” (Going the Extra Mile) for exceptional clinical care, July 2013.

Sandra Edwardson Excellence in Doctorate of Nursing Projects Award, 2011

Selected in 2017 into the Dean’s 2018 LEADS cohort which is a year long program on leadership

Received recognition letter from AHC Office of Student Affairs in 2017 honoring an anonymous letter written by student of my exemplary teaching

Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

  • Improving the safety of mothers and infants in health care systems 
  • Second Stage Labor: Implementation science and the quality improvement for positive clinical practice changes 
  • Long-term connection with infant breastfeeding and childhood obesity


  • Leila C. Kahwati, Asta V. Sorensen, Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Sara Jacobs, Samantha A. Sommerness, Kristi K. Miller, Elizabeth Pleasants, Hanna Margaret Clare, Charles L. Hirt, Stanley E. Davis, Thomas Ivester, Donna Caldwell, Janet H. Muri, Kamila B. Mistry, Impact of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Safety Program for Perinatal Care,The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2019, ISSN 1553-7250, (
  • Sommerness, S, Bangdiwala, A, Hirt, C, Gams, Rauk, P, Avery, M, Delkoski, S., Miller, K., & Landers, D. (2017). Birth outcomes after implementation of an evidence-based guideline for managing delayed-pushing in the second stage of labor in women with epidural analgesia. Research on Womens Health (RWH) 2018;1(1):1 DOI: 10.24983/scitemed.rwh.2018.00056
  • Gams, B, Popp, K, Cramer, J, George, T, Rauk, P, Sommerness, S, Sublette, J. (2017). Delayed cord clamping: How to engage your team for successful implementation of a new practice. Nursing for Women's Health (NWH). 21(6);1-10. DOI: factor 0.51
  • Sommerness S, Gams R, Rauk, P, Hirt, C, Landers, D, Bangdiwala, A, Avery, M, Millar, A, Cho, S., Sheilds, A, (2017). The perinatal birth environment: Communication strategies and process for adherence to a standardized guideline in women undergoing second stage labor with epidural anesthesia. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nurses. (JPNN); 31(1), 41–50 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000224 Impact factor 0.91
  • McArdle, J, Sorenson, A, Fowler, C, Sommerness, S, Burson, K, Kahwati. (2017).Enhancing Shoulder Dystocia Management through AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN). DOI Factor 1.261
  • Webb, J, Sorenson, A, Sommerness, S, Lasater, B, Mistry, K, Kahwati, L. (2017) Advancing Perinatal Patient Safety through Application of Safety Science Principles using Health IT. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. (2017) 17:176 DOI 10.1186/s12911-017-0572-8 Impact Factor 2.86
  • Kozhimannil KB, Sommerness S, Rauk P, Gams R, Davis S, Miller K, Hirt C, Landers D. (2013). A perinatal care quality and safety initiative: hospital costs and potential savings. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, TJC; 39(8), 339-348 PMCID: PMC3761411 NIHMSID: NIHMS449691Impact factor 1.13