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1994 TASK ANALYSIS OF AMERICAN CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIFERY

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  • Judith T. Fullerton CNM, PhD, FACNM

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    • Judith T. Fullerton received a BSN degree from Wayne State University, a MS degree and certificate in nurse-midwifery from Columbia University, and a PhD in Health Education/Health Administration from Temple University. Dr. Fullerton is Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego. She is the test consultant to the ACNM Certification Council, and Principal Investigator of the task analysis research projects conducted in 1984–86 and 1993–94. Dr. Fullerton is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.


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ABSTRACT

The ACNM Certification Council is responsible to the American College of Nurse-Midwives for the development, administration, and evaluation of a psychometrically sound and legally defensible certification examination in nurse-midwifery. A task analysis study was conducted to investigate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that define American nurse-midwifery practice. A stratified sample of 825 American College of Nurse-Midwives members was asked to rate the frequency of performance and the criticality of 189 nurse-midwifery activities and 109 discrete diagnoses that the nurse-midwife might encounter while providing clinical care. The frequency and criticality ratings were combined to generate an importance weight for each activity. Study data will be used as the basis of the examination blueprint in order to ensure job-related content validity. Aggregate data can also be used for curriculum development, self-assessment, and evaluation research purposes.

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