Ruth Watson Lubic, C.N.M., M.A., Ed.D., F.A.A.N., received her basic nursing education in the diploma program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Columbia University Teachers College conferred BS and MA degrees in nursing as well as a Doctorate in Education. Her certificate in nurse-midwifery was awarded by Maternity Center Association/Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Lubic is a charter member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has been General Director of the Maternity Center Association since 1970 and was designated by Ms. Magazine as one of “80 women to watch in the 80s.” In 1980, the Nursing Education Alumni Association of Teachers College awarded her its Achievement Award in Nursing Practice. In 1981, she received the Rockefeller Public Service Award from Princeton University and the Jane Delano Distinguished Service Award from the New York Counties Nurses Association.
NURSE-MIDWIFERY EDUCATION—The Second 50 Years*
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1982 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 4–9, September-October 1982
How to Cite
Lubic, R. W. (1982), NURSE-MIDWIFERY EDUCATION—The Second 50 Years. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 27: 4–9. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(82)90003-9
This Keynote Address was presented at The American College of Nurse-Midwives 27th Annual Meeting, April 1982, Lexington, Kentucky
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
This address, marking the 50th anniversary of nurse-midwifery education in the United States and presented at the 1982 annual meeting of the ACNM, focuses on the author's position for continued inclusion of nursing as an integral part of midwifery education. The role of nurses and nursing in promulgating the rebirth of American midwifery is discussed as are the advantages to both families and professionals in retaining a nursing heritage. A strong plea is made for recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of the ACNM in ensuring competence and quality within the profession and the crucial role that alliances with less well-prepared or standardized providers might play in diluting the effects and hard-won gains of the profession of nurse-midwifery. The author closes with a reminder of any profession's responsibility to society and its need for humility in carrying forward its affairs.