Kelly Ellington: DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, Assistant Professor

Kelly Ellington

Ellington was a 1992 graduate of the Watts School of Nursing. She worked in high and low risk labor and delivery for more than 20 years at Duke University and at WakeMed. She completed her RN-BS degree from Winston Salem State University and her MSN and DNP from University of South Alabama. Ellington has also completed a graduate subspecialty in nursing education from University of South Alabama. She is dual certified from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a WHNP-BC and RNC-OB (inpatient obstetrics).

Prior to coming to UNCW, Ellington was a full-time women’s health nurse practitioner at Cary Ob-Gyn in Cary, N.C. Ellington previously taught maternity/newborn nursing part-time within the Dept. of Family Health at UNC Chapel Hill in the BSN program. She has won several awards, including the Helton Scholar Endowment Scholarship in both 2013 and 2014. Currently, Ellington teaches at the graduate level in the SON where she is the course coordinator of women’s health in the FNP program. Additionally, Ellington maintains clinical practice by working part time as a WHNP-BC at Kamm McKenzie Ob-Gyn.


  • 2015, DNP, University of South Alabama
  • 2014, MSN, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of South Alabama
  • 2014, Graduate Subspecialty, Nursing Education, University of South Alabama
  • 2012, BSN, Nursing, Winston-Salem State University
  • 1992, Diploma in Nursing, Watts School of Nursing

Areas of Research Interest

  • Women's Health Oncology
  • Perinatal Loss
  • Stem Cell Cord Blood Transplantation
  • Increasing Utilization of LARC
  • Web-Based Education
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Obstetrical Care

Community Engagement

  • North Carolina Nurses Association
  • Academy of Women's Health
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
  • Sigma Theta Tau

View Kelly Ellington's Curriculum Vitae