Philosophy, mission & objectives


The guiding philosophy of the University of Washington School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program is based on the School of Nursing values: collaboration, social responsibility, integrity, respect, accountability, diversity, and excellence.

  • Collaboration: Care of women occurs within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, and referral between nurse-midwives and other health care providers. This care enhances continuity in the best interests of the women and their families.
  • Social Responsibility:  Social and reproductive justice are essential values of nurse-midwifery practice. There is a need to develop innovative systems to increase access to health care for all women and their families.
  • Integrity: Nurse-midwives respect their own self-worth, dignity, and professional integrity. They provide an environment that promotes privacy and safety for women and their families, and protects them from harmful and unethical practices.
  • Respect: Nurse-midwives respect the individuality, dignity, and basic human rights of all persons. They support the self-determination of women and their families through a partnership and empowerment. Nurse-midwifery recognizes the normalcy of women’s life cycle events, including menarche, preconception, pregnancy, birth, newborn care, postpartum, miscarriage and abortion, well-woman care, and menopause. A central goal of care is to promote, maintain, and restore the well-being and health of women, families, and communities.
  • Accountability: Nurse-midwives maintain a commitment to professionalism through reflective and systematic evaluation of practice and ongoing professional growth.
  • Diversity: Nurse-midwives approach the care of women and their families from a position of cultural humility and inquiry and provide care without discrimination or prejudice.
  • Excellence: Nurse-midwives apply the scientific evidence from nursing science, midwifery, and related sciences to the care of women and their families. Nurse-Midwives educated at the graduate level are prepared to safely and competently practice the ACNM core competencies.  Doctoral level practitioners are further prepared with skills in leadership, practice inquiry, and evaluation.


The mission of the Nurse-Midwifery Program is to advance nurse-midwifery practice through the preparation of nurse-midwives who will:

  • Apply scientific evidence to promote the health and well-being of women and childbearing families in Washington communities and beyond.
  • Serve as leaders in advancing the practice of nurse-midwifery by applying, generating, and testing innovative models of care.
  • Seek opportunities for professional growth, evaluation of practice, and policy development throughout their careers.


The specific objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery track are to prepare graduates who:

  1. Provide competent, safe, high-quality and culturally sensitive nurse-midwifery care to address the health needs of diverse women, families, and communities.*
  2. Critically evaluate theories, concepts, and research findings from nursing, midwifery, and related sciences for translation into clinical practice.*
  3. Use effective communication and leadership skills in interprofessional teams to promote positive change in the health care of women, newborns and families.*
  4. Use information systems and other technologies to improve the quality and safety of health care for women and newborns.
  5. Apply principles of distributive justice and the social determinants of health in the evaluation of health policies and advocacy for the health of women and newborns in local, national, and international contexts.
  6. Evaluate care systems by analyzing the needs of consumers, health care policies, service delivery and finance models, political contexts, and health indicators to increase access to health care for all women and their families in a variety of communities.

*These objectives are included in the graduate certificate program.