Principles for a Successful Professional Life


  • Dr. Lubic was the Therese Dondero Keynote Speaker at the 41st annual meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. This article is adapted from the presentation that she delivered on June 15, 1996, in Palm Springs, California.

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Principles for a successful professional life as set out in this article are those that have been developed by Dr. Ruth Lubic over the more than 40 years that she has been a nurse and nurse-midwife. Several emanate from her experience in questioning conventional medical wisdom concerning maternity care and in pressing forward with innovative services in spite of overt and often covert opposition. Dr. Lubic credits childbearing families with providing the strength that nurtured her professional progress.