Nurse Practitioners & Midwives

Who regulates a Nurse Practitioner's practice?

Nurse practitioners practice under rules and regulations developed by state boards of nursing. In addition, nurse practitioners are nationally board certified through organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org) and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (www.npwh.org).

How does a nurse's care compare to a physician's care?

Nurse practitioners are clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management. Nurse practitioners bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. Physicians are trained to treat complex health problems, which may require complicated treatment or surgery.

The high-quality care provided by nurse practitioners is well known. Consumer and government studies have shown that nurse practitioners are skilled clinicians and patient educators. Furthermore, consumers value the nurse practitioner’s sensitivity to patient’s needs and their ability to decrease the mystery surrounding health care.

Prudence L. Schuchart, CRNP

Prudie graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati in 2008.

Prudie is certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation. She worked as an RN in Maternity and Labor & Delivery for 25 years at Hanover and Frederick Memorial Hospitals. She served in the Army Nurse Corp for 3 years and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Prudie has two children, Caitlin and Brandon. She resides in Dillsburg with her husband and enjoys relaxing, traveling, wine and fine dining.

Jennifer A. Weaver, CRNP

Jen was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  She graduated from Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing/Penn State University in 1995 with a Diploma in Nursing. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Penn State University. She then went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Drexel University, Cum Laude, in 2015.

Jen is a Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and she is also certified in External Fetal Monitoring by the National Certification Corporation. For 2 years she worked as an RN in Maternity and Labor & Delivery at Episcopal Hospital (Philadelphia) and 17 years at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Jen then began working for the Women's Health Center of Lebanon as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for 3 1/2 years before joining Partners in Women's Healthcare.

Her memberships include the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP). She is a former member of Sigma Theta Tau International, (STTI), Nu Eta Chapter (Nursing Honor Society).

Her areas of interest are adolescent gynecology and obstetrics.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their two Jack Russell dogs (Jackie & Rustle) as well as the rest of her extended family.

What are midwives?

We are midwives and we want to tell you who we are and what we do. As certified nurse-midwives (CNM), we are educated in both nursing and midwifery.

 

In order to become certified, the midwife must first become a registered nurse and then complete advanced courses of study in women’s health and midwifery through an accredited education program. Nurse-midwives are certified by a national examination and held to rigorous standards of practice by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. We work closely with physicians who are always available to help you.

What can a nurse-midwife do for you?

More and more women are finding that nurse-midwives offer personal health care. We provide information to help you with all the choices for living a healthy life.

We do gynecologic care, which includes contraceptive counseling, screening, and treatment (known to many as annual exam), preconception care, and perimenopausal or postmenopausal care. During pregnancy, we will regularly monitor you and your baby's health. We will take time to answer your questions and provide information about what to expect throughout your pregnancy.

During labor, we will be there with you to help you and your baby. Should labor deviate from the expected course, a physician is always available. After the baby is born, we provide advice on all manner of things including, but not limited to, breast or bottle-feeding and self-care. When you leave the hospital, you can always contact us with your concerns.

If you would like to find out more about midwives in general, visit  www.midwife.org, but if you really want to find out about us, come meet us in person. We look forward to it!

All of our Nurse-Midwives have been certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives and are current members.

Hannah E. Cackovic, C.N.M.

Joining Partners in Women's Healthcare in the Summer of 2021!

Hannah is originally from central Pennsylvania but as part of a military family has lived all over the world. She returned to the area to attend Lebanon Valley College and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology in 2013.

Hannah then moved to Ohio and discovered her passion for obstetrics and childbirth while working for the Ohio State University Medical Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She went on to attend OSU’s College of Nursing and became a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2020. 2020 was a busy and exciting year for Hannah - shortly after graduating with her masters she and her husband tied the knot at a beautiful farm outside of Columbus, OH.

Hannah comes from a large, close-knit family and loves all things Disney! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with her husband and spending time with their fur babies, dog Ginger and cat Juniper.

Lauren M. Casey, C.N.M.

Lauren grew up as a “military brat”. This led to her growing up in California, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, before beginning her nursing program at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Lauren graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2011. In that same year she commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. She continued to be an active duty, labor and delivery nurse for eight and a half years. During her time on active duty, she lived and worked at bases in Virginia, Alaska, and Japan. In 2019, she completed her Master’s of Science in Nurse-Midwifery at Bethel University in Minneapolis, MN, and became certified as a Nurse-Midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She separated from the military as a Captain, in December of 2019 to settle down in the Harrisburg area.

She had a baby girl in April of 2018. And her daughter is her entire world. After all, her daughter made her a mother and showed her a whole new meaning of life. 

Lauren has always been passionate for caring for women and loves to be with women in every aspect of their health care needs. She is particularly passionate about helping women through pregnancy and giving them strength through childbirth. With her becoming a new mother herself, she became even more passionate about assisting women into motherhood.

Danielle Halpern-Frank, C.N.M.
  
Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from the University of South Florida in 2009.  After teaching for several years in Pittsburgh Public Schools, she went back to school for her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duquesne University and graduated in 2015.  She then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where she earned her Master of Science degree in Nurse Midwifery in 2018.  She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
    
Danielle lives with her husband in Lancaster, where he grew up.  She is very close to her three goddaughters and her nephew.  She enjoys traveling (cruising, especially), trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, and visiting her family in Florida.
  
Caitlin M. Hawkins, C.N.M.

Joining Partners in Women's Healthcare in the Summer of 2021!

Caitlin Hawkins received her Associate of Art in Nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2014.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern University in 2016.  She studied at Georgetown University with a dual-focus in Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and graduated with a Master of Science in 2020.

She received certification as a nurse midwife from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) from the National Certification Corporation (NCC).  She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).

Caitlin’s passion for women’s health started straight out of nursing school when she worked on the Women’s Inpatient Unit at Harrisburg Hospital.  She has since worked on both the post-surgical floor and the Perianesthesia unit at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg where she has continued to care for not only women, but all types of patients undergoing surgery.

Her schooling at Georgetown, in particular, has fueled her passion for inclusivity and health equity.  Caitlin believes strongly in shared decision making with patients and providing trauma-informed care.  Additionally, she strives to be an LGBTQ-inclusive provider.

Caitlin grew up in Steelton and has remained local to the area.  She currently lives with her husband, children, and chocolate lab.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, crocheting, and curling up with a good book.