Nurse Midwives

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

Common job titles of Nurse Midwives include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 78.38% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 10.81% said they needed a Post-Master's Certificate.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Essential Tasks

    Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.

    Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.

    Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.

    Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconception care.

    Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.

    Document findings of physical examinations.

    Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.

    Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.

    Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.

    Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.

    Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.

    Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.

    Provide patients with direct family planning services, such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers, including cervical caps or diaphragms.


Regular Tasks

    Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.

    Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.

    Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.

    Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.


Occasional Tasks

    Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.

    Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.

    Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.

What Tools and Technologies do Nurse Midwives use?

Tools

Vaginal ultrasound probes

Vaginal exam specula

Urinary catheters

Umbilical cord scissors

Umbilical cord clamps

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

Tourniquets

All Tools

Tissue forceps

Suturing kits

Surgical scissors

Surgical gloves

Suction catheters

Straight needle holders

Straight hemostats

Sphygmomanometers

Specimen collection containers

Ring forceps

Reflex hammers

Protective face shields

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Oxygen nasal cannulae

Oxygen flowmeters

Oxygen delivery masks

Oxygen concentrators

Obstetrical forceps

Mosquito forceps

Microscope slides

Medical scales

Medical measuring tapes

Mechanical stethoscopes

Laptop computers

Lancets

Intravenous IV administration equipment

Infant warmers

Infant oxygen masks

Hypodermic syringes

Fetal heart rate monitors

Fetal doppler units

Evacuated blood collection containers

Episiotomy scissors

Digital medical thermometers

Curved needle holders

Curved hemostats

Curved forceps

Colposcopes

Bulb syringes

Blood drawing syringes

Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators

Baby scales

Allis clamps

Technologies

Acrendo Medical Software Ob/Gyn EMR

Allscripts Professional EHR

Amkai AmkaiCharts

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

Cerner Millennium

ChartWare EMR

digiChart OB-GYN

All Technologies

e-MDs software

eClinicalWorks

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

Medscribbler Enterprise

MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR

Practice Partner Total Practice Partner

SOAPware EMR

StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite

SynaMed EMR

Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR

What Skills Do Nurse Midwives Need to Have?

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Everything Nurse Midwives Should Know…

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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