New Mexico, like many other states in the country, may be headed for a health care crisis. Although recent health care legislation has made medical care more affordable for people all across the state, the wait to see a doctor can be very long.
For women who are pregnant or who have health issues, this wait can have very negative consequences. To meet this need, birth centers, hospitals, and clinics throughout New Mexico are hiring more certified nurse midwives.
If you have thought of becoming a midwife in New Mexico, take the time to contact the schools listed below to learn more about how you can enter this valuable and rewarding nursing profession.
Nurse midwives have a graduate degree or an MSN in midwifery, allowing them to provide primary care services to women and be a woman's main care provider during a low-risk pregnancy. In many areas, health care legislation has made it easier for health care organizations to save money by using nurse midwives. Even better, care outcomes for patients seen by nurse midwives are just as good as outcomes for patients who see OB/GYNs.
Learn more about certified nurse midwife programs in New Mexico to find out if this is the right option for you.
Nursing standards are high in New Mexico, so you must meet many clinical and educational goals before you are allowed to work independently with women in your community. To be qualified for licensure as a nurse midwife, you must earn a master’s degree in nurse midwifery or a doctoral degree that focuses on this field. Though some schools do accept bachelor's degree graduates from other fields, most schools require you to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In addition, you may need experience in the field of nursing. At minimum, most schools require one year of full-time experience, however, some schools do have more rigorous requirements.
As you work your way through your two to three years in nurse midwifery school, you may learn about various health care procedures for women, discover how to provide evidence-based care, and develop your patient communication skills. Some of the first classes you take may include Research for Evidence-Based Practice, Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice, Advanced Nursing Assessment, and Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice.
Courses that are specific to the nursing care of women include Pathophysiology of Women, Clinical Care During Pregnancy, and Management of Labor & Delivery. These courses also involve a number of clinical experiences, during which you may spend over 1,000 hours working with patients. This is a requirement for national and state licensure.
Scholarships, grants, and loan repayment programs can help you make your degree more affordable. As you begin your search for financial aid, consider using New Mexico resources like the Higher Education Department of New Mexico, the New Mexico Nurses Foundation, and the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.
Upon completion of your nurse midwifery degree, you can begin the licensure process in New Mexico. This requires you to get your national certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board by passing their CNM exam. You can then have your exam scores and transcripts sent to the New Mexico Board of Nursing. With your state practice license, you can work as a certified nurse midwife in care centers all over the state.
Anticipated job growth in New Mexico is similar to job growth around the country. By 2022, O*Net anticipates a 22 percent increase in CNM job openings. In New Mexico, the average salary for a nurse midwife is $98,000 per year (O*Net, 2013).
Advance your nursing career with a master’s degree in nurse midwifery. Get started now by contacting certified nurse midwife programs in New Mexico to request more detailed program information.