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First Certified Nurse-Midwife to practice full-scope nurse-midwifery in Ames, Iowa. Born Carol Ann James on August 27, 1944 in St. Paul, MN. to Leland and Alice James. *Moved with parents to Jackson MN. in 1945. *
Maternal grandparents (deceased): James and Emma Spicka.
*Paternal grandparents (deceased)): Forrest and Anne James.
*One sister: Mary Stewart.
*Children: Annette Mueller, April Ellertson, Alan Ellertson, Michael Ellertson.
*Grandchildren: Elizabeth Mueller, Christopher Mueller, Pamela Mueller, Joseph Mueller, Alicia Ellertson, Adam Ellertson.
*Attended Peace Memorial Catholic School Grades one through eight. *Graduated from Jackson High School in 1962. *Earned Practical Nursing certificate (LPN) from Worthington Junior College Worthington MN. in 1971. *Earned Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)) from Austin Community College Austin MN. in 1978. *Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Grand View College Des Moines, IA. in 1987. *Earned Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993.
*Employed as an obstetrical nurse form 1971 until returning to nurse-midwifery school in 1992. *Began practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at McFarland Clinic Ames Iowa in 1993. *Member of: American College of Nurse-Midwives Iowa Nurses Association American Nurses Association Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Altrusa Club Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary. Had wanted to be a nurse since childhood and began to fulfill this desire by becoming a nurse's aide in 1963. This was followed by the education process of LPN ADN and BSN. The desire to become a Nurse-Midwife evolved over the years and became more important to me as my children became older and I had fewer commitments.
I also saw a need to provide care to women during the birth process. I see nurse-midwifery as an extension of nursing combining nursing and medicine allowing me to be a participant in a woman's health care and the birth process. I feel a strong commitment to the profession and to the women I care for.
Donor list for Carol Ann Ellertson: Mary Belz, Karen Bender, Linda Block, Tracy Bosshart, Nyla Carswell, Darla Cline, Donna Deardorff, Kathy Eastlund, Lori Elliot, Ann Ersland, Anne Felker, Terrie Greco, Vicki Gross, Marilyn Haag, Crystal Haglund, Gail Johnson, Sandy Kadolph, Sara Macy, Lora Malone, Marsha Miller, Mary Lou Mumm, Val Myers, Glenda Oakland, Lucinda Stowe, Nancy Thompson, Sharon Thornton, Denise Turk, Marilyn Whetstone, Connie Perry, Doris Wait, Sandy Miller, Lou Blanchfield, Shirley Wismer, Marilyn Bugley, Peggy Miller, Sue Jennings, Jan Smith, Linda Torres, Family of Carol Ellertson: Leland & Alice James, Mary Stewart, Annette & Tom Mueller, Elizabeth Mueller, Christopher Mueller, Pamela Mueller, Joseph Mueller, April Ellertson, Alan & Tracy Ellertson, Alicia Ellertson, Adam Ellertson, and Michael Ellertson