Sculpting a Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy: Ernestine Wiedenbach's Influence


  • Leona VandeVusse CNM, PhD

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    • Leona VandeVusse is an assistant professor and currently director of the nurse-midwifery program at Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has an M.S. from University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, nurse-midwifery program, and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She had previously been employed as a staff certified nurse-midwife, maternity unit director, research assistant, and nurse educator before taking on the responsibility of beginning a nurse-midwifery program in 1993.

Marquette University, College of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Program, Clark Hall, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201–1881


An educational project used in a professional-issues course for student nurse-midwives is described. The class project involved nurse-midwives portraying (in clay), and subsequently discussing, their individual practice philosophies. Background information on the importance of philosophy statements is provided. Included is the historic influence of a certified nurse-midwife foremother, Ernestine Wiedenbach, on the professional importance of articulating a guiding philosophy.