The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program is to prepare competent and safe nurse-midwives who will:
- Practice as nurse-midwives by applying research findings and health-related theories and by meeting ACNM standards of practice to promote the health and well-being of women throughout the life cycle and childbearing families.
- Serve as leaders in advancing the practice of nurse-midwifery by applying, generating and testing models of clinical practice.
- Serve as professional leaders in creating innovative care systems to improve the health of women throughout their life cycle and childbearing families in a variety of communities.
- Demonstrate responsibility for professional development as a nurse-midwife through ongoing education and evaluation of practice to develop professional and health care policies at community and national levels.
The specific objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program are to prepare graduates who:
- Provide competent, safe, nurse-midwifery care to women within the context of their families through utilization of the nurse-midwifery process in primary management, collaborative management, and referral.
- Analyze, synthesize, and apply concepts from nursing and related sciences within a nurse-midwifery framework in order to understand and improve the quality and effectiveness of nurse-midwifery care.
- Provide culturally sensitive care to complement the diversity of health needs among women, families, and communities.
- Evaluate care systems by analyzing the needs of consumers, health care policies, political trends, health indicators, and health care services to increase access to health care for all women and their families in a variety of communities.
- Apply principles of distributive justice as an essential value of nurse-midwifery practice, and identify and analyze societal needs for nurse-midwifery care.
- Generate, disseminate and utilize knowledge developed from scholarship and research.
- Critically evaluate research findings and their relevance to clinical practice.
- Demonstrate commitment to professionalism and the philosophy of ACNM through ongoing education, evaluation of practice and participation in professional organizations to develop policies for practice and health care for women and their families.