Nurse-Midwifery Specialty/Women's Health Nurse Pratitioner Specialty
The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP) curriculum is designed to dually prepare students as clinically competent nurse-midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners who provide family-centered primary health care to women. Clinical experiences with individuals and groups, incorporated throughout the two years, emphasize use of a management process for providing health care. Relevant research and concepts from nursing, midwifery, medicine, and the sciences are studied to provide a base of theory and rationale for clinical practice and primary care. Students are expected to examine their clinical practice critically and to develop beginning skill in the use and evaluation of research methods and statistics. Leadership capabilities are emphasized.
Course and clinical work focus on the independent management of primary care; care for women and newborns during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods; and family planning and gynecologic care. Students learn collaborative management of the care of women and newborns with complications. Clinical practice takes place within health care systems that provide for medical consultation, collaborative management, and referral and is in accord with the Standards for Nurse-Midwifery Practice of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner faculties Competencies for WHNPs. Electives and independent study offer opportunities for students to pursue individual educational and professional goals. The NM/WHNP program curriculum is intended to prepare students to apply for the Certification Examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board and Certification as a WHNP by the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program of study is fully accredited by a) the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring MD 20910-6374; telephone, 240.485.1800; Web site, www.acnm.org and b) Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), CCNE of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530; Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (202) 463-6930; Fax: (202) 785-8320; web site, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
Providing a Model of Care While Helping the Most Vulnerable
"Women's lives are incredibly complex, and we deal with issues way beyond their physical needs." - Terri Stone-Godena, Interim Director of YSN's Midwifery Specialty