Nurse Midwifery Mission and Vision

Welcome to the Nurse Midwifery DNP specialty program at the University of Utah College of Nursing! We are excited to work with you during the next three years as you progress towards your Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree. You have chosen a profession that contributes to the health and well-being of women, newborns, and families. You can be proud that you follow a very long line of providers who have a commitment to high quality healthcare, as well as high quality education. You will join the ranks of excellent clinicians and excellent scholars who all make a difference in the lives of many. We have a mission and a vision that is carried out through our program objectives. We are happy to have you join us!

MISSION

Our mission is to prepare clinically, culturally and philosophically competent nurse midwives who provide excellent care to women, newborns, and families and are leaders in their communities.

VISION

The Program operates in and generates a climate of respect and a culture of appreciation. Our goal is to nurture and encourage students and faculty to perform at their optimal level. Faculty members are leaders in nurse midwifery and women's health locally, nationally, and globally. The Program recruits, admits and supports students who are representative of the populations to be served. The Program creates and sustains clinical inter-professional education models of excellence and offers opportunities for a variety of clinical experiences that add richness to students' educational experiences. The Program supports all missions of the College of Nursing (education, service, practice, and research) and supports faculty participation in each, recognizing the bridge that research provides between clinical practice and education. Mentoring of faculty members and students in evidence-based practice, support for faculty development, use of new technologies for education, involvement of clinical and academic faculty in both College and University opportunities, are all supported and encouraged. Adequate resources to meet the Mission and Vision (including time, funding, and opportunities) are provided by the Program in conjunction with the College and the University. The Program incorporates the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) essentials, as stated in the College of Nursing DNP Program Policy and Progression Manual.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

To prepare nurse midwives who will:

  • Integrate evidence-based care, principles and theory underlying advanced nurse midwifery management of the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, gynecologic client, and common primary care problems.
  • Incorporate midwifery Core Competencies, as stated by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • Accurately perform advanced health assessment of women and promote high-level wellness of women across the lifespan, including childbearing.
  • Engage in a participative process of culturally sensitive care in which women are empowered to make decisions about their care and assume appropriate self-care activities.
  • Apply knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of common medications used for the appropriate treatment of antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, primary care, and gynecologic clients, by competently prescribing appropriate pharmacologic agents.
  • Integrate principles and theory of nurse midwifery management of reproductive, childbearing, and gynecologic needs and complications through appropriate and timely consultation and referral.
  • Apply knowledge of screening and diagnostic testing judiciously for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, primary care, and gynecologic healthcare.
  • Provide leadership in development of health care policy at the local, state, and national level.
  • Contribute to evidence-based practice by implementing clinical research findings and participate in clinical research, when appropriate, to demonstrate improvements in practice and health care outcomes for women and families.