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Philosophy and Objectives of Nurse-Midwife speciality programs

The primary purpose of the University of Kansas School of Nursing's nurse-midwifery education programs -- Doctor of Nursing Practice nurse-midwife specialty and nurse-midwifery certificate -- is to prepare graduates to assume a leadership role in midwifery by promoting clinical practice, education, health policy, and scholarship.

Philosophy:

The nurse-midwifery programs at KU endorse and support the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the mission of KU School of Nursing.

It believes:

  • nurse-midwifery honors the normalcy of women's lifestyles;
  • the best model of health care for a woman and her family is individualized, compassionate and involves a therapeutic relationship between the woman and her midwife;
  • education in nurse-midwifery is alifelong endeavor, carried out through formalized education and individual determination.

The KU Nurse-Midwifery Education Program values formal education that:

  • educates students for diverse and changing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders;
  • discovers new knowledge for nursing and health care practice;
  • and applies its expertise in service to Kansas and the global community.

Objectives - DNP degree with Nurse Midwife Specialty:

  • Integrate theories from nursing, nurse-midwifery, medicine and other disciplines to provide leadership as nurse-midwives in clinical practice, health care systems, and in the development of health care policy.
  • Apply research utilization skills in various health care delivery systems.
  • Synthesize, interpret, and apply knowledge from practice, research and theory to promote and sustain evidence-based nurse-midwifery practice. 
  • Demonstrate professional values as a nurse-midwife, characterized by a commitment to continued learning, ethical decision-making, scholarly work, and the capacity to effect desirable change through leadership.
  • Communicate and collaborate with colleagues in nurse-midwifery and other disciplines to meet the health needs of diverse client systems in varied health care delivery systems.
  • Use information and technology in the development and implementation of programs to evaluate outcomes of care, care systems,and quality improvement.
  • Function independently within a collaborative interprofessional team to manage and provide care to women throughout the lifespan and their newborns in accordance with the American College of Nurse-Midwives Standards for the Practice of Midwifery.

Objectives - Post-graduate Nurse Midwifery Certificate:

  • Integrate theories from nursing, nurse-midwifery, medicine and other disciplines to provide leadership as nurse-midwives in clinical practice, health care systems, and in the development of health care policy.
  • Synthesize, interpret, and apply knowledge from practice, research and theory to promote and sustain evidence-based nurse-midwifery practice. 
  • Demonstrate professional values as a nurse-midwife, characterized by a commitment to continued learning, ethical decision-making, scholarly work, and the capacity to effect desirable change through leadership.
  • Communicate and collaborate with colleagues in nurse-midwifery and other disciplines to meet the health needs of diverse client systems in varied health care delivery systems.
  • Function independently within a collaborative interprofessional team to manage and provide care to women throughout the lifespan and their newborns in accordance with the American College of Nurse-Midwives Standards for the Practice of Midwifery.

 

Last modified: Aug 23, 2018
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