Women all over the United States want and deserve evidence-based health care, whether they're trying to maintain day to day health or give birth to a healthy child. Part of giving women excellent care is giving them the choice of different care providers. Certified nurse midwives are becoming an increasingly important part of health care in Rhode Island, where women may choose to give birth at home, a birth center, or the hospital.
If you are looking into becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM) in Rhode Island, contact the schools you see listed below to request more information.
Many women who choose to use the services of a certified nurse midwife want to have natural labors or avoid the use of medication during labor. As a CNM, you can provide them evidence-based pain relief methods, from massage and water submersion to laughing gas, which is becoming a popular option.
As you develop your practice and get familiar with the women in your community, you can tailor your skills and offerings to meet their needs. Take the first step now by contacting certified nurse midwife programs in Rhode Island.
Your journey to becoming a certified nurse midwife begins with the right education. The good news is that you are well on your way if you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. An undergraduate degree in this field is required for most nurse midwifery programs, although some programs allow you to start with core nursing courses and then move on to midwifery courses if you have a non-nursing undergraduate degree. Strong academic performance is also typically required; most schools require a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Rigorous programs may require prior nursing experience in labor and delivery.
Your curriculum should be multifaceted and demanding, as this is what it’s like to work as a certified nurse midwife. Some of the courses that may be included in your curriculum include Labor, Birth, & Delivery; Families in Crisis; Integrated Women’s Reproductive Health Care; Foundations of Antepartum Care; and Contraceptive Care for Women. Starting in your third semester—although it does vary from school to school—you begin completing your clinical hours. Clinical hours may take place in clinics, hospitals, and birth centers, depending on what is available in your area.
Rhode Island has a strong network of nursing foundations and employers that aim to help students succeed by providing financial aid options. The Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island awards scholarships from $500 to $1,000 each. The Student Nurses Association of Rhode Island funds annual scholarships as well. Many scholarships are provided by the Rhode Island Foundation.
When you take your nursing education further with a Master’s degree, you may be rewarded with a great job outlook. O*Net expects job openings for CNMs to jump by 29 percent between 2012 and 2022. Their estimates show that CNMs claim an average salary of $92,300 per year (O*Net, 2013).
Before you can enjoy these benefits of practice, you must be able to legally practice in Rhode Island. You can get your national certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board, which oversees certification for CNMs in all 50 states. Once you’ve met this requirement, contact the Nursing Registration and Nursing Education Board to get your advanced practice license.
Nursing is an exciting field with plenty of opportunities for professional and personal growth. Learn more about this specialty by reaching out to certified nurse midwife programs in Rhode Island listed below.