University of Colorado College of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy
Students learn in an institutional environment that values diversity and promotes diverse viewpoints and perspectives. Knowledge and skills required for professional nurse-midwifery education are acquired through evidence-based practice based on applied and basic research, relationship-centered care, holistic philosophies, and the ethical delivery of healthcare for women and their families across the lifespan.
Students learn to develop compassionate, culturally sensitive partnerships with women and their families while caring for diverse patient populations in a variety of environments. Students learn to support individualistic ideals of health and healing through the art of being present; the science of applying research; and the ethical principles of respecting self-determination in health care decisions made by women and their families. Managing ethical, cost-effective healthcare for women across the lifespan is afforded students as they advocate for social justice initiatives.
Students bring individual experiences, talents and skills. From an educational perspective, these are potentials to be recognized and strengths to be developed. The learning environment emphasizes respect for the dignity and worth of each student’s individuality, their learning needs and learning style. Reflective practice is encouraged and guided by theory based on the best evidence available supporting life-long learning.
The practice of nurse-midwifery is based on the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, The Standards for the Practice of Nurse-Midwifery and the Code of Ethics as promulgated by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Students learn the nurse-midwifery management process through the application of scientific research and the teachings of nurse-midwifery mentors who are not only expert in the subject matter they teach, but also in the art and science of adult professional education. The normalcy of the woman’s life cycle is promoted. Teaching/learning occurs best within an interdisciplinary health care team setting. A core level of safe, competent practice must be achieved prior to completion of the graduate nurse-midwifery educational option specialty.
Replaces NMW Option Philosophy 1998, 2004