There are not many nursing programs that offer training and education for those pursing the nurse midwife specialty. Many women who go to nurse midwives are considered “at risk”, due to low income, ethnicity, and geographic location. Nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses who attend to childbearing and other social issues and health conditions. A nurse midwife has an important role in the patient’s life, offering guidance and education.
Job Duties and Career Opportunities for Nurse Midwife Graduates
Nurse midwives work for OB/GYN practices, physician offices, hospitals, independent birthing centers, and research and academic settings. Around 95% of CNMs find employment in hospitals because that is the chosen birthing center for most pregnant women. Many nurse midwives provide care to women who are not pregnant, functioning as gynecologic healthcare providers.
Typical job duties include attending the patient during labor and delivery, offering prenatal care, doing post-birth follow-up care, providing gynecologic examinations, counseling and patient education, and medication administration and monitoring. CNMs who work in office-based settings often train to perform ultrasounds.
Nurse Midwife Educational Requirements
For RNs who pursue this educational track, students must attend a Master’s program that offers a certified nurse midwife (CNM) nursing degree option. Be sure to attend a school that is accredited by the Association of Certified Nurse Midwives (ACNM), and check requirements with the Board of Nursing in the state where you plan to practice.
MSN programs often require an active RN license, a passing score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), an essay for admission, and several letters of reference. Most of these Master’s programs only accept BSN prepared professionals.
Courses of Study of a Nurse Midwife Program
With most nurse midwife programs, the classes you will take usually vary from school to school. Regardless, most include physical assessment of women, pharmacology, medical and obstetric complications of pregnancy, gynecology, antepartum care, postpartum care, intrapartum care, primary care, neonatology, and research.
CNM Healthcare Professional Salaries
According to most web sources, nurse midwives earn anywhere from $80,000 to $95,000 per year. This depends on level of education, years of experience, place of employment, and location of practice.