The Amerian College of Nurse-Midwives 60th Annual Meeting and Exhibition was held in National Harbor, MD, with several thousand attendees. Frontier Nursing University faculty, staff, alumni, students, and preceptors attended the conference and well represented the University in everything from posters to education session presentations to awards.
The ACNM Annual Meeting is the premier opportunity for nurse-midwives, students, and other women’s health care providers to polish professional skills, learn the latest evidence-based research, share knowledge and experiences, and celebrate the work that nurse-midwives are doing to advance maternity and women’s health care. It is the largest gathering of nurse-midwives in the country. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for FNU to visit with alumni, faculty, preceptors and students. Two FNU PRIDE students, Toni Conard and Gertrude Gomez, attended the ACNM Annual Meeting with all expenses covered, for their winning essays in the PRIDE Ambassador Essay Contest.
Attendees at the meeting heard from a variety of speakers that discussed nurse-midwifery practices, trends and ethics. John C. Jennings, MD, immediate past president of the American College and the American Congress of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) closed the weekend by discussing the need for more maternity care providers, including nurse-midwives.
“Obstetricians need midwives. We need more midwives and more obstetricians, and we need to work together,” said Jennings.
According to Jennings, by year 2020 there will be a shortage of 6,000-8,000 obstetricians in the United States. He advocates that nurse-midwives are needed to fill the gap and care for women who will be in need.
FNU left the weekend encouraged, challenged and honored to be a part of the landmark occasion. For more on FNU’s top-ranked nurse-midwifery program, visit us online here.