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Become A Certified Nurse Midwife

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Working As A Certified Nurse Midwife

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $92,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do At Rochester Regional Health

* This position includes assessing triage patients on labor and delivery, formulating treatment plans in collaboration with the covering attending, admitting and managing patients in labor or with acute obstetrical problems.
* Managing labor patients in collaboration with the in-house attending physician, including high risk patient groups.
* First assisting on both cesarean and vaginal deliveries and performing vaginal deliveries in any emergent situation where the physician is not immediately available.
* This also includes first assisting with any ob/gyn surgery including minimally invasive/robotic procedures.
* The position also requires rounding on all postpartum, postoperative and any other patients admitted to the ob/gyn service.
* The expectation is to also perform ob/gyn consults in the emergency department or for any other service requiring consultation

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do At Ingenesis

* Plans and manages antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care of low-risk obstetrical patients.
* Evaluates prenatal patient's condition and formulates plan of care to maintain healthy progress.
* Consults with the on-call physician and co-manages high risk patients as appropriate.
* Provides intrapartum care within scope of practice and expertise.
* Attends vaginal deliveries.
* Performs first assist duties during cesarean deliveries.
* Full performance statement of work(SOW) available to all qualified candidates

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do At Geisinger Health System

* The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive.
* They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job._
* Performs clinical responsibilities outlined in the clinical privileges checklist, including but not limited to:
* Prenatal care
* New obstetrical intakes and physical examinations
* Return prenatal visits
* Non-stress testing
* Intrapartum care
* Triage
* Labor management
* Delivery
* Repair of lacerations or episiotomies
* Immediate care of the newborn
* First Assist for C-sections
* Postpartum care
* Gynecological care
* Annual examinations
* Testing for STI and vaginal infections
* Treating menses disorders
* Family planning counseling, prescription, insertion of IUDs/IUS/Nexplanon (if desired)
* Minor gyn and primary care problems

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do At National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters

* Plans and provides competent, age specific health care and advise to women in a variety of settings with emphasis on the reproduction cycle including management of ante-partum, intra-partum and post-partum periods including health care for normal newborns.
* Provides well women gynecology and family planning services.
* Educates, counsels and advises patients, families and community on all aspects of the reproductive cycle and related psychosocial issues.
* Ensures a Plan of Care is developed, individualized and evolves, based on identified nursing diagnosis for each identified problem.
* Ensures the intervention includes specific outcome criteria.
* Obtains physician assistance and consultation when indicated and provides emergency care and interventions until physician assistance can be obtained.
* Mentors new staff and contributes to the professional development of nursing colleagues

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do At Ascension Health

* Develops a comprehensive plan of care and discharge plan based on the assessment and integration of the medical plan.
* Implements and monitors patient care plans.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
* Provides education/counseling to patient and patient's family with respect to pregnancy, childbirth, care of the newborn, contraception, family planning and gynecological care.
* Provides care in the context of promoting age and culture-appropriate informed choices, shared decision-making and the right to self-determination

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How To Become A Certified Nurse Midwife

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), must earn at least a master’s degree in one of the specialty roles. APRNs must also be licensed registered nurses in their state and pass a national certification exam.


Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program. These programs include both classroom education and clinical experience. Courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology are common as well as coursework specific to the chosen APRN role.

An APRN must have a registered nursing (RN) license before pursuing education in one of the advanced practice roles, and a strong background in science is helpful.

Most APRN programs prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. However, some schools offer bridge programs for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Graduate-level programs are also available for individuals who did not obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing but in a related health science field. These programs prepare the student for the RN licensure exam in addition to the APRN curriculum

Although a master’s degree is the most common form of entry-level education, many APRNs choose to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Ph.D. The specific educational requirements and qualifications for each of the roles are available on professional organizations’ websites.

Nurse anesthetists must have 1 year of clinical experience as a prerequisite for admission to an accredited nurse anesthetist program. Candidates typically have experience working as a registered nurse in an acute care or critical care setting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states recognize all of the APRN roles. In states that recognize some or all of the roles, APRNs must have a registered nursing license, complete an accredited graduate-level program, and pass a national certification exam. Each state’s board of nursing can provide details.

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, a document developed by a wide variety of professional nursing organizations, including the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, aims to standardize APRN requirements. The model recommends all APRNs to complete a graduate degree from an accredited program; be a licensed registered nurse; pass a national certification exam; and earn a second license specific to one of the APRN roles and to a certain group of patients.

Certification is required in the vast majority of states to use an APRN title. Certification is used to show proficiency in an APRN role and is often a requirement for state licensure.

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) offers the National Certification Examination (NCE). Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) must recertify every 2 years, which includes 40 hours of continuing education.

The American Midwifery Certification Board offers the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Individuals with this designation must recertify every 5 years.

There are a number of certification exams for nurse practitioners because of the large number of populations NPs may work with and the number of specialty areas in which they may practice. Certifications are available from a number of professional organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must be able to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the appropriate course of action is understood.

Critical-thinking skills. APRNs must be able to assess changes in a patient’s health, quickly determine the most appropriate course of action, and decide if a consultation with another healthcare professional is needed.

Compassion. Nurses should be caring and sympathetic when treating patients who are in pain or who are experiencing emotional distress.

Detail oriented. APRNs must be responsible and detail- oriented because they provide various treatments and medications that affect the health of their patients. During an evaluation, they must pick up on even the smallest changes in a patient’s condition.

Interpersonal skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must work with patients and families as well as with other healthcare providers and staff within the organizations where they provide care. They should work as part of a team to determine and execute the best possible healthcare options for the patients they treat.

Leadership skills. Advanced practice registered nurses often work in positions of seniority. They must effectively lead and sometimes manage other nurses on staff when providing patient care.

Resourcefulness. APRNs must know where to find the answers that they need in a timely fashion.


Because the APRN designation is in itself an advancement of one’s career, many APRNs choose to remain in this role for the duration of their career. Some APRNs may take on managerial or administrative roles, while others go into academia. APRNs who earn a doctoral degree may conduct independent research or work in an interprofessional research team.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Zulu

  • German

  • Dutch

  • Russian

  • Thai

  • Afrikaans

  • Italian

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Top Certified Nurse Midwife Skills

  1. Postpartum Care
  2. Full-Scope Midwifery Care
  3. Intrapartum Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide antepartum and postpartum care at Newburyport Hospital delivering approximately 70 babies a year.
  • Provide full-scope midwifery care to both low- and high-risk women as part of collaborative practice.
  • Full scope Midwifery Practice responsible for the gynecological care, family planning, prenatal and intrapartum care and management.
  • Care includes antepartum, postpartum, family planning, and gynecology.
  • Job Description: Complete women's health and newborn care in a rural hospital and clinic setting.

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