Susan Nickel, CNM, MSN, is a nurse-midwifery graduate of the master's program in nursing, University of Miami, and is a member of a private CNM/MD group practice in Boca Raton, Florida.
ERNESTINE WIEDENBACH Her Professional Legacy
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1992 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 161–167, May-June 1992
How to Cite
Nickel, S., Gesse, T. and MacLaren, A. (1992), ERNESTINE WIEDENBACH Her Professional Legacy. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 37: 161–167. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(92)90185-6
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
A descriptive, historical research study of the life and career path of Ernestine Wiedenbach was conducted. A productive career spanning five decades included accomplishments in prepared childbirth education, family-centered maternity care, nurse-midwifery education, and nursing theory. Wiedenbach's prescriptive theory of nursing with its focus on “clarity of central purpose” stands out as an important early professional achievement of this practitioner, educator, author, and theorist. It represents one of Wiedenbach's many pioneer contributions to nursing as well as to the foundation of the philosophy and goals of nurse-midwifery practice and education.