Theresa Gesse, CNM, PhD, is an associate professor and the Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Miami School of Nursing, Miami, Florida.
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION BEHAVIORS OF NURSE-MIDWIVES
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1991 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 184–191, May-June 1991
How to Cite
Gesse, T. (1991), POLITICAL PARTICIPATION BEHAVIORS OF NURSE-MIDWIVES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 36: 184–191. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(91)90006-B
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Political participation, which is promoted by nurse-midwifery leaders, is a widely studied topic in this country. Yet, there is little data that describes political participation among health care providers such as nurse-midwives. The descriptive findings presented here are from a national survey of a random sample of members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The data indicate that nurse-midwives are inclined to be liberal and Democrats and they believe that individuals such as themselves can influence governmental activities. As in the general population of the country, the electoral act of voting is the predominant political activity. Nurse-midwives are more apt to demonstrate nonelectoral political behaviors in regard to women's issues. Overall, there is a general assumption that the representatives of the ACNM membership maintain the responsibility for political action.