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Future Settings of Nurse-Midwifery Practice—A Delphi Survey

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  • Ms. Judy Slome C.N.M., M.S.

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    • Judy Slome received a B.S. in microbiology from Cornell University, a B.S.N. from Columbia University and her M.S. from the University of Minnesota. This study was part of her Master's thesis. She is currently studying and practicing natural healing through macrobiotics.


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ABSTRACT

A descriptive study using a two-round Delphi survey was performed to determine a partial consensus of the nurse-midwives attending 1982 ACNM convention on what they predict the predominant setting for nurse-midwifery practice will be in 1992, and what, if any, will be the obstacles to the realization of their forecasts. A two-thirds majority of CNMs surveyed forecasted that in 1992, hospitals and birth centers will be the most prevalent site for nurse-midwife deliveries. All together, 92% wished to be practicing in a birth center exclusively or in combination with hospital and/or home settings 10 years from now. A list of ten major obstacles was generated; 80% felt future efforts of nurse-midwives should largely focus on overcoming the ranked obstacles.

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