Certified nurse midwives play an important role in women’s health. They may practice autonomously or work in collaboration with the team. A graduate degree and certification is required, and you will learn to safely and competently care for women from puberty to menopause.
Some of the responsibilities of a nurse midwife include; conducting physical examinations, providing prenatal care, delivering babies and ordering and managing diagnostic tests and procedures.
Arkansas has four categories of advanced practice nurses and one of those is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Prior to applying for a CNM License you must hold a current, unencumbered Arkansas RN license or license from a compact state where you permanently reside.
To learn more about your options, contact the schools offering Arkansas nurse midwifery programs listed below.
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires a graduate degree from an accredited university to practice nurse midwifery. Certification as a CNM is also required. The Arkansas Board of Nursing defines a CNM as a person who is a certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives and is also currently licensed by the Arkansas Nursing Category on the appropriate licensing authority of a bordering state too practicing nurse midwifery. The CNM must be currently practicing obstetrics.
As a certified advanced practice nurse in Arkansas you may choose to pursue prescriptive authority, which requires a Certification of Prescriptive Authority and three graduate credit hours of pharmacology or 45 contact hours of continuing education in a pharmacology course. In addition, you must have logged at least 300 hours in a preceptorship that involves prescribing drugs, therapeutic devices and medicines under the guidance of a qualified preceptor.
Arkansas has two accredited online programs for CNMs. Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University are excellent online programs that allow you to take classes at home and complete your clinical hours at a variety of healthcare settings. This is ideal for a working student or someone who is taking care of their family.
The admission criteria is similar between the two online programs. You must be a licensed RN, submit a curriculum vitae or resume, a sealed official transcript of al academic institutions you have attended, a 1-2 page personal statement addresses your intellectual interests, relevant clinical experiences and reasons for pursuing the specific nursing specialty to which you are applying and three letters of recommendation.
The Certified Nurse Midwife curriculum typically includes:
- Principles of Health Promotion
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Evidence Based Practice
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advance Health Assessment
- Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
- Primary Care of Woman
- Role of the Nurse Midwife
- Midwifery Care during Labor and Birth
- Midwifery Care during Pregnancy
- Midwifery Care during Postpartum
- Advanced Midwifery Care of the Childbearing Woman
- Women’s Health
- Principles of Independent Practice
Following graduation you may take the credential exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. This credential sets the standard in all 52 states as it protects and serves the public. It is considered the gold standard for midwifery. The cost of the exam is $500.
If you need tuition assistance, complete the FAFSA application, which can be found in the Financial Aid Office. It is a federal government grant based on your income. Frontier Nursing University has several scholarships available, and there are also several financial aid programs available through the federal government. Nurse Corps is a program where you work for two years in one of their facilities, and they will pay 60 percent of your outstanding student loan at the conclusion of the two years.
According to O*Net OnLine, Arkansas Nurse Midwives earned an average income of $96,970 in 2014. This career is also rapidly growing and expected to increase 22 percent by 2022. This job allows the nurse a measure of independence, but also a satisfying relationship with their patients.
This may be a career move for you that allows you a chance for advancement, and it surely benefits the nursing profession as a whole. Contact the schools that offer CNM programs in Arkansas to learn more about your options.