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.
Sculpting a Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy: Ernestine Wiedenbach's Influence
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 43–48, January-February 1997
How to Cite
VandeVusse, L. (1997), Sculpting a Nurse-Midwifery Philosophy: Ernestine Wiedenbach's Influence. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 43–48. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(96)00107-3
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
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.