Philosophy & objectives

Philosophy

The guiding philosophy of the UW School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery track 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.


Purpose

The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery track 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.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery track 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.