Nurse Midwifery Accreditation Information
Nurse Midwifery Accreditation Statements
The midwifery program at the University of Florida is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.midwife.org/acme.
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DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PURPOSES AND OUTCOMES
The purposes of the curriculum leading to the degree Doctor of Nursing Practice are to:
- Prepare the student to acquire advanced competencies in increasingly complex practice and emerging leadership roles.
- Provide the student with a significant and comprehensive knowledge base that supports scientific skepticism and the incorporation of new knowledge in advanced nursing practice.
- Provide the student with enhanced knowledge for the acquisition of leadership skills used to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.
Upon completion of the doctoral program, the graduate will be able to:
- Evaluate scientific bases from extant and emerging areas of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.
- Evaluate decision support systems to solve clinical problems for individuals, aggregates and systems.
- Develop advanced leadership and collaborative skills to mobilize interdisciplinary teams to solve highly complex clinical problems.
- Develop expertise to formulate health policy and provide leadership in establishing clinical excellence and creating new models of cost-effective health care delivery.
- Critically assess, plan, intervene and evaluate the health experiences of individuals, aggregates and systems to provide safe, evidence based care.
- Synthesize knowledge of cultural diversity and global perspectives in delivering health care and in critiquing nursing systems.
The nurse-midwifery faculty believes that the major emphasis of nurse-midwifery is the childbearing family, and that the primary focus is on the care of women of childbearing age and their newborn infants but is extended to the promotion of health for women of all ages. This includes the provision of primary and peri-menopausal/menopausal care to women.
Consistent with the College of Nursing philosophy, women and their infants are perceived as dynamic, holistic beings. They are born, live, respond, and die as individuals and as members of society. Throughout their life span, they are in reciprocal relationships with the environment. This relationship involves intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which may produce changes within the individual requiring altered coping patterns. The faculty believes that women are unified rational beings with intrinsic worth and dignity. They have certain rights, responsibilities, and choices, and as such, enjoy self-determination. Thereby, they are entitled to the choice of comprehensive health care by interdependent health disciplines.
The faculty believes that the goal of nurse-midwifery is to help women achieve and maintain health and to help the childbearing woman and her family experience a safe and satisfying childbirth in which a healthy baby is born to a healthy mother. This goal is achieved through the application of the nurse-midwifery management process which utilizes an organized body of knowledge and skills drawn from nursing, medicine, public health, and other related health fields. Continuity of care, which has as its purpose the development of meaningful, sustained client/provider relationships, is central to the nurse-midwife’s care. Childbirth is a normal human experience. Its benefit to the family may be enhanced when appropriate guidance and education of expectant parents concerning pregnancy, birth, and parenthood are provided. The family is viewed as the basic unit of society. By enhancing the strength of this unit through a satisfying and safe childbirth experience, the health of society as a whole may be strengthened.
The faculty views nurse-midwifery as an important health care discipline, particularly in areas where its presence facilitates the access of women and childbearing families to health care. The nurse-midwife’s professional activity should be interdependent in nature and occur within a health care delivery system, which allows for physician consultation and referral as appropriate.
The faculty recognizes that positive student/teacher relationships are a crucial factor in achieving optimum learning for the student. Students are viewed as colleagues who are responsible for their own learning, yet need organized experiences that are designed to achieve program objectives. Appropriate supervision and feedback are important. Learning is enhanced when students are able to work with professional nurse-midwives in a variety of settings and share this practice with health professionals in other disciplines.
The faculty views the new graduate as a professional practitioner of nurse-midwifery who is prepared to help childbearing women and their families meet their health needs in a variety of ways and in a variety of settings. They consider the new graduate as being responsible for maintaining and advancing both professional competence and the status of nurse-midwifery