THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NURSE-MIDWIVES: A Professional Organization

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  • Helen V. Burst C.N.M., M.S.N.

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    1. Helen Burst received her B.S in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her M.S. in Maternal and Newborn Health Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery education from Yale University. She is presently Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Maternal-Newborn (Nurse-Midwifery) Program in the School of Nursing at Yale University.
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  • This paper was presented by Ms. Burst as part of a panel presentation on the role of specialty nursing organizations during a plenary session of the Second National Meeting of the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago, Illinois, March 9, 1979. Ms. Burst is President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Address correspondence to: Helen V. Burst, CNM, 25 Beaver Hill Lane, New Haven, CN 06511.

ABSTRACT

What is nurse-midwifery professionally? Is it nursing?, midwifery?, both?, neither?, something else? How does this answer impact both on identifying our professional organization and on its activities? Clarity is essential to understanding, to communication, and to effective working relationships with other professionals and professional organizations.

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