The guiding philosophy of the University of Washington School of Nursing Nurse-midwifery Education Program is composed of the following key concepts:
- Rights of Clients: Distributive justice is an essential value of nurse-midwifery practice.
- Cultural Aspects: Nurse-midwives care for women within the context of family, community, and with respect for diversity. Nurse-midwifery practice is directed toward a variety of communities.
- Focus of Care- Individual and Family: Nurse-midwives care for women within the context of family, community, and with respect for diversity. This care enhances continuity and emphasizes safe, competent management.
- Focus of Care- Childbearing: Nurse-midwifery care includes preconception, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care as well as well-women-gynecological care and family planning. This care enhances continuity and emphasizes safe, competent management.
- Health Promotion and Care: Graduate studies prepare professional leaders to promote, maintain, and restore the well-being and health of women, families, and communities.
- Collaboration: Nurse-midwifery care occurs within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, and referral. Care of women during the childbearing years involves collaboration between nurse-midwives and other health care providers, including the development of innovative care systems to increase access to health care for all women and their families.
- Excellence in Preparation: A nurse-midwife is educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and applies concepts from nursing science, midwifery, professional foundations, related sciences and methods of systematic inquiry to care for women during their childbearing years, and for well women throughout their life cycle. Contemporary health care systems require the preparation of nurse-midwives at the graduate level as well as the fulfillment of requirements developed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives for preparation of safe, competent practitioners. Graduate level preparation in nurse-midwifery involves the generation, dissemination, and utilization of systematic knowledge garnered through scholarship and research.
- Professionalism: Nurse-midwifery practice reflects a commitment to professionalism and to the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives as demonstrated by systematic evaluation of practice and responsibility for professional growth through ongoing education.