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A Transitional Approach for Learners


  • Joyce Cameron C.N.M., M.S.N., Associate Professor

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    • Joyce Cameron received her BS from UCLA and her Masters in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Yale University. Presently she is an Associate Professor in the graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program at the University of Utah, and is working on her doctoral degree in health science at that university. She is the former Director of the University of Utah Nurse-Midwifery Program and has taught undergraduate maternity nursing at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She has worked as a nurse-midwifery faculty member at Yale and as a staff nurse in medical-surgical nursing, gynecology and obstetrics at UCLA Medical Center.

University of Utah College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.


A systematic process of theory and lab experience designed to prepare nurse-midwife students for their first clinical experience is described. The initial history and interview is used to illustrate the process. Focus is on the 4 major areas of competence to be developed. A sequence of observational, class, and lab activities is presented, which includes audio or videotaping followed by review and critique. Equipment required, faculty and student time expenditures, and results obtained are discussed.