As maternity care represents a significant portion of our country's healthcare dollars, it is no surprise that there are a growing number of programs for clinical nurse midwives. Nurse Midwives treat women from puberty to menopause. They do physical exams, often prescribe and administer medications depending on state law and clinically follow women through their pregnancy to the birth of their infant and the postpartum time.
If this advanced nursing career interests you, contact the schools offering Certified Nurse Midwifery programs in and around D.C. that are listed on our site to get more information.
The District of Columbia Nurses Association supports nursing professionals, and they provide continuing education opportunities as well as networking. They may be a good resource for you as you enter a graduate nursing program to advance your career.
The Washington DC Board of Nursing considers nurse midwives to be advanced practice registered nurses. To complete your application for licensure you must list all colleges you have attended and your degree, any credential with a name of the credentialing body, and you must list any professional licenses from other jurisdictions.
In addition to completing a graduate midwife program, CNMs must complete a year of training with a preceptor to get their CNM license. The following areas are part of a typical midwifery preceptorship:
- Caring for and managing the normal obstetrical patient
- Performing minor surgery
- Initiation and management of local anesthesia
- Newborn care
- Postpartum care
- Family planning services
Washington DC has a local campus based midwifery program at the George Washington University. In addition, there are accredited online nurse midwife programs available from Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University. Request information from each of these schools to learn more about admissions, curriculum and costs.
The admission criteria for most CNM programs includes a BSN degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA, final transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a current resume or curriculum vitae and a scanned copy of your RN license.
The nurse midwife curriculum is typically around 47 semester hours including 25-30 credit hours of professional core courses and approximately 20 credit hours of midwifery specific courses.
Some of the classes you can expect to take in a nurse midwife program include:
- Concepts in Population Health
- Nursing Leadership
- Healthcare Policy, Quality and Political Processes
- Evidence Based Care and Practice for Health Care Researchers
- Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers
- Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
- Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
- Primary Care of Women
- Comprehensive Antepartum Care
- Midwifery Practicum
- Comprehensive Perinatal Care
- Integrated Midwifery Internship
- Evidence Based Practice Project
- Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development
Upon graduation you will be ready to take the CNM credential exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board, which is recognized in all 52 states. This is considered the gold-standard in nurse midwifery as it proves you have met the criteria for safe practice. The cost is $500.
If you require assistance with finances for your tuition, complete a FAFSA application, to see if you qualify for grants or loans for school, based on your income. George Washington University also gives a large number of need-based grants to medical students. The National Health Service Corps has a program for Certified Nurse-Midwives that helps pay tuition, fees, and a living stipend in exchange for two years of work at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a Certified Nurse Midwife earned an income of $95,440 in the Washington D.C. area in 2014. This career is expected to grow by 22 percent by 2022, which is much faster than the average occupation.
If you are ready to learn more about how to enter this challenging, yet highly rewarding career, contact the schools on our site to learn more. You will be choosing a career that may offer you room for advancement, a steady income, and a professional role within the world of nursing and women’s health.