Diane P. Bakdash received her B.S. from Seattle University and her M.N. in Community Mental Health Nursing from UCLA. Currently she is a full-time mother and part-time staff nurse on the psychiatric and chemical dependency units at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
ASSERTIVE STRATEGIES FOR THE NURSE-MIDWIFE*
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1980 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 25, Issue 5, pages 27–33, September-October 1980
How to Cite
Bakdash, D. P. (1980), ASSERTIVE STRATEGIES FOR THE NURSE-MIDWIFE. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 25: 27–33. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(80)90160-3
This paper was adapted from a paper presented at the 25th annual convention of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 13, 1980.
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In order for the nurse-midwife to provide quality maternity care, it is essential that she utilize assertive strategies in her daily clinical practice. The primary assertive problems that confront the midwife involve resolving differences in philosophy and practice between her and her colleagues and the need for her continuous role definition in relation to colleagues, administrators, and patients. Besides decreasing the midwife's anxiety and increasing her self-esteem in key interpersonal situations, assertiveness can help her meet her goals without interfering with those of others, can assist her to achieve a sense of power since she can more effectively cope with a diversity of situations, can improve her staff relationships and, ultimately, can enhance her growth and learning.