NURSE-MIDWIFERY PEER REVIEW AT PHOENIX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Authors

  • Anita W. Martinez CNM, MS,

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    1. Anita Martinez received her BSN from Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing. She received her MS in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah. She is currently employed as a certified nurse-midwife at Phoenix Birthing Center, Phoenix Memorial Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the Peer Review Coordinator for the Nurse-Midwifery Department there.
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  • Anne M. Mariella CNM, MS

    1. Anne M. Mariella received her BSN from Columbia University. She received her MSN from the University of Illinois, Nurse-Midwifery Program. At the time that this article was begun, Anne was employed as a certified nurse-midwife at Phoenix Birthing Center, Phoenix Arizona, and in charge of Quality Assurance for the Nurse-Midwifery department.
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Maternity Care Services, Phoenix Birthing Center, Phoenix Memorial Hospital, 1201 South Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

ABSTRACT

Peer review is now recognized as an essential component of nurse-midwifery practice. Over the past several years, most professional organizations have published guidelines for the establishment of peer review programs. The nurse-midwifery service at Phoenix Memorial Hospital has had a functioning, dynamic peer review system in effect since 1980. This article describes the program and provides suggestions to others who are attempting to institute peer review activities in their own services.

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