Judy Wilson-Griffin transformed lives of infants and mothers through evidence-based care


At a time when some might have been content to simply finish out their careers, Judy Wilson-Griffin was determined the bring her practice to the highest level possible.

That’s how the SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital-St. Louis perinatal clinical nurse specialist came to enroll in the MSN to DNP Program in the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing in August 2017 despite the fact that she had already been in practice for approximately 30 years.

“Judy did not view her role in nursing as a career,” said DNP Director Laura Kuensting. “She viewed perinatal nursing as her life’s work. Judy was motivated to keep moving forward, achieving excellence and making a difference. She was revered as an expert in perinatal nursing at the local, state and national levels.”

Wilson-Griffin’s devotion to her field has ensured her legacy will endure long after her passing on March 20, when she became the first St. Louis County resident to die as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At UMSL, she will be remembered as the kind of student teachers want in their classes – a hard worker, a kind soul and a mentor. Wilson-Griffin was an agent of change for the better throughout her career, and she lives on through the quality of her work, the lives she improved and her commitment to evidence-based care.

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