The purpose of the Department of Midwifery and Women’s Health is to significantly increase the numbers of nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners to meet the needs of women and families residing in all areas with a particular focus on rural and underserved areas as well as those choosing birth center care by:
- Offering a structured off campus education program for nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners to nurses who choose to learn in their community and who learn best through self-directed independent study.
- Preparing nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners to establish and manage a practice, service or free standing birth center.
- Commitment and collaboration between FNU’s centralist academic structure and community-based clinical preceptors.
- Demonstrating innovative non-traditional models for completion of graduate education through our community-based distance education program.
Health is a dynamic process reflecting one’s physical, mental, and psycho-social state. Together these parameters determine a person’s well-being and risk of illness.
Comprehensive, safe and culturally sensitive primary health care that emphasizes prevention is a right of all people. It begins with the individual and addresses the ongoing and evolving needs of the family and the community.
Continuity of care for the childbearing family and for women throughout their childbearing years and beyond with emphasis on education, safety, comfort, and satisfaction, is the right of every woman. It is our firm belief that women have access to safe and sensitive health care where they are active participants in their care.
Education for nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners that is offered by a qualified faculty with a curriculum comparable or superior to academic standards established by the professions may take place in a variety of settings.
Active clinicians in a variety of settings can be prepared to serve as preceptors.
Learning occurs at a rate which varies with individuals. It is effective when self-directed with students assuming major responsibility for their own learning practice and evaluation.
Adult learners are self-motivated drawing upon multiple experiences which may not fit traditional learning structures.
The community is the classroom for the student. Community-based education meets the needs of those learners for whom conventional residential programs are not available, or who learn best through self-directed study, and provides a rich learning environment for the student.
The faculty-student relationship consists of mutual respect, responsibility, and growth. Faculty and students share responsibility for creating a climate of mutual trust and open communication.
CNEP and CWHCNP are joint ventures between students, their families, and faculty. We are a “community” dedicated to the goal of improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare to women and children by increasing the numbers of nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners who can provide safe, sensitive care to women and families.
The Department of Midwifery and Women’s Health Care is committed to the recruitment and retention of faculty and students from cultural ethnic minorities who express their dedication to service within their own communities.
The objectives of the Department of Midwifery and Women’s Health is to prepare graduates who will be able to:
- Demonstrate safe, culturally sensitive health care for newborns and women across the lifespan.
- Use critical and reflective thinking skills to provide evidence based care.
- Lead knowledge generation in clinical practice to improve outcomes.
- Emulate the hallmarks of midwifery and women’s health care practice.
- Apply ethical principles to guide and evaluate decisions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the political and economic environment within which nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners provide care.
- Evaluate health care practice through peer review and quality improvement initiatives.
- Advocate for empowerment of women, families and communities.
- Establish and maintain quality services in birth centers or other practice settings in a fiscally sound and financially responsible manner.
- Mentor and teach nurse-midwifery students or women’s health care nurse practitioner students In the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate leadership to initiate and guide change in clinical practice.
- Demonstrate Information literacy skills in complex decision making.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the appropriate use of technology to implement and evaluate health care.