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DEMYSTIFYING THE NURSE-MIDWIFERY MANAGEMENT PROCESS

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  • Diane Kane Erwin CNM, MSN,

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    • Diane Kane Erwin received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and is a 1980 graduate of Columbia University's Nurse-Midwifery Program, New York, NY. Since then she has been a faculty member and nurse-midwife in the University of Pennsylvania Nurse-Midwifery Program and is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey.

  • Betty Hosford CNM, MA

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      University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health-Related Professions, Nurse-Midwifery Educational Program, 100 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103.
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    • Betty Hosford received her BSN from Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York and MA in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York. After graduating from Maternity Center Association's School of Nurse-Midwifery, New York, NY, she helped to set up and undertake an internship in Nurse-Midwifery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. A nursing educator for many years, her nurse-midwifery experience has included directing an Internship Program at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and contributing toward the development of Maternity Center Association's Childbearing Center. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ.


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health-Related Professions, Nurse-Midwifery Educational Program, 100 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103.

ABSTRACT

A major challenge faced by nurse-midwifery students is that of learning to utilize the nurse-midwifery management process as a foundation for clinical practice. The authors have attempted to unravel some of the difficult areas students have found while learning to master this process. This article seeks to remove the mystique from essential steps of the nurse-midwifery management process as well as give insight into common pitfalls of beginning practice. Its intent is to help students (and indirectly the nurse-midwifery clinicians who guide them) in their quest for the development of mature judgment and ability to manage care skillfully and safely.

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