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FINDINGS OF THE 1990 ANNUAL AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NURSE-MIDWIVES MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

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  • Ela-Joy Lehrman cnm, phd

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    • Ela-Joy Lehrman, cnm, phd, is Chairperson of the Professional Research Committee of the ACNM Division of Research and Project Director for the Annual ACNM Membership Survey. Her current fulltime position is with the University of Phoenix Center for Nursing Leadership, Tucson Campus. She is a graduate of the University of Utah Nurse-Midwifery Program and received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona


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ABSTRACT

The 1990 Annual ACNM Membership Survey was conducted by the Division of Research for the purpose of obtaining current information about certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) who were members of ACNM. Of the 2,899 surveys sent, 1,992 surveys were returned from 1,877 CNMs and 115 student nurse-midwives (a response rate of 68.7%). The mean age of the CNMs was 41.8 years. Most were female (97.9%) and white (95.3%); 85.1% were active members and 6% were life members of ACNM. The CNMs had been employed in nurse-midwifery-related employment a mean of 8.5 years. The greatest proportion were in clinical nurse-midwifery practice attending births (64.2%). An additional 10.0% were in clinical nurse-midwifery practice not attending births. Experienced nurse-midwives employed full-time reported a mean annual Income of $45,229 and being on-call 71.4 hours per week. New nurse-midwives employed full-time reported a mean annual income of $40,504 and being on-call 59.6 hours per week. Most nurse-midwives employed full-time were salaried (57.4%), whereas most CNMs working part-time were paid based on the number of hours worked (49.7%)

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