The DNP and Entry Into Midwifery Practice: An Analysis

Melissa D. Avery, Carol Howe

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Abstract

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently published a policy statement calling for the requirement of the Doctor of Nursing Practice for entry into practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the year 2015. Certified nurse-midwives, defined as those educated in both nursing and midwifery, are commonly included in the definition of Advanced Practice Nurses, along with nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists. This paper explores issues related to the practice doctorate as an entry requirement for midwifery practice in the United States. The results of a brief survey of midwifery students indicate mixed interest in a clinical doctorate. At the present time, evidence points to the fact that current education requirements produce safe, knowledgeable, competent midwives. Because data are lacking regarding the potential impact of the proposed Doctor of Nursing Practice on the cost of education to both the institution and the student, on the applicant pool, and on the health care system, the Directors of Midwifery Education endorse a statement affirming support for multiple routes of midwifery education based on the ACNM Core Competencies, and does not endorse a mandatory requirement for the clinical doctorate for entry into practice at this time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Nurse Anesthetists
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Nurse Clinicians
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis

Keywords

  • clinical doctorate
  • DNP
  • midwifery education

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  • Nursing(all)

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The DNP and Entry Into Midwifery Practice : An Analysis. / Avery, Melissa D.; Howe, Carol.

In: Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.2007, p. 14-22.

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Avery, Melissa D. ; Howe, Carol. / The DNP and Entry Into Midwifery Practice : An Analysis. In: Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 2007 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 14-22.
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