Laura Bennett, MSN, ARNP, CNM

laura-bennettLaura Bennett is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certified-Nurse Midwife who brings valuable experience to The Institute of Healthcare Excellence as a seasoned clinician and Naval Officer with nearly 20 years of service. She has a diverse background in healthcare and military leadership, clinical practice, patient safety, team-building, and mindfulness meditation.

In addition her work with Communication in Healthcare and her impact on family health in her Midwifery practice, Laura has expanded her reach in maternal health, improving maternity services through a novel workshop for birth care providers that increases their abilities to facilitate normal birth and increase the capacities of mothers.

Laura is also passionate about cultivating a culture of mindfulness and increasing individual and organizational wellness. She provides education and training in mindfulness practices that reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance relationships, and improve performance. Additionally, Laura has spoken for national Midwifery and Obstetrics organizations regarding her unique experience and lessons learned during the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and radiologic disaster in 2011.

Laura is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she was commissioned as a Naval officer. She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Florida. Laura has served in the Navy in the US, Cuba, and Japan in a variety of leadership roles for which she has earned multiple military decorations. She will retire from military service in 2016.