College of Education and Health Professions

Cara Osborne, S.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Cara Osborne, S.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

241 Epley Center for Health Professions
Phone: 479-575-5770
FAX: 479-575-3218


S.D., Harvard University, Maternal and Child Health, 2007
M.S., Harvard University, Maternal and Child Health, 2003
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University, Midwifery, 2001
B.A., Transylvania University, Biology, 1999

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Professional Biography:

Dr. Osborne taught and served as course coordinator at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Kentucky before joining the faculty of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas. She also has worked as staff midwife at Massachusetts General Hospital and Women's Health Associates.

She serves as technical advisor for Midwives for Haiti and is a reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. She also serves as a community birth expert and panelist for the Birth Network of North West Arkansas. She consulted for the Jamaica Team, Clinton Foundation HIV and AIDS Initiative, working with the Jamaican Ministry of Health to Evaluate and Improve HIV Testing and Treatment Services from January to May 2004.

Academic Interests and Accomplishments:

Julia Herford Society Award, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2000

American College of Nurse Midwives
American Association of Birthing Centers


Dunn, K. E., Osborne, C., & Link, H. J. (2012). Exploring the influence of students’ attribution for success on their self-regulation in Pathophysiology. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(6), 353-357.

Dunn, K. E., Osborne, C., & Rakes, G. C. (in press/online first). It’s not my fault: Understanding nursing students’ causal attributions in Pathophysiology. Nurse Education Today. Retrieved from

Osborne C, Ecker J, Gauvreau K, Davidson K, Lieberman E. (2011) Maternal Temperature Elevation and Occiput Posterior Position at Birth Among Low-Risk Women Receiving Epidural Analgesia. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 56 (5), 446-451.


Osborne C, Ecker J, Gauvreau K, Lieberman E. (2011). First Birth Cesarean and Risk of Antepartum Fetal Death in a Subsequent Pregnancy.  Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 57 (3), 307.


Osborne, C.C. (2007).  The impact of perinatal care on birth, neonates, and future reproduction.   Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge. 


Cara Osborne, MSN, CNM, SD & Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, June 2009, Improving Student Engagement by the Formation of a Community of Inquiry.  Drexel University Nursing Education Institute.


College of Education and Health Professions 2012-2013 (academic year)

Identifying and Understanding Best Practices for Safe Clinical Practice through Simulation Research

This project is funded by a seed money grant from the College of Education and Health Professionals. The work completed from this funding will include a pilot study pertaining to simulation training for pre-service and in-service nurses. This interdisciplinary project will seek to partner with local hospitals to identify the best practices with regard to instruction, evaluation, and skill refinement in simulation labs. We will travel to locations such as the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation to examine existing practices in the field of medicine and to form a relationship with this group. Role: Co-PI


Foundation Grant, American Association of Birth Centers  08/01/11-07/31/12

Uniform Data Set

The goals of this project are to produce a descriptive analysis of the Uniform Data Set, a large birth registry maintained by the organization, and to rework the data entry form and database. Role: PI


Honors College Research Grant, University of Arkansas 08/15/11-12/15/11

Midwives for Haiti Volunteer Orientation

The goal of this project is to develop an interactive online module to orient volunteers to the midwives for Haiti program. Role: Mentor

Program planning and evaluation consultant, ANGEL Shield: Connecting Urban and Rural Obstetrical Providers through Multidisciplinary Education and Remote Fetal Heart Monitoring Surveillance, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Under consideration:  Submitted 3-3-2010