Lauren P. Hunter is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California. San Diego, School of Medicine. She received a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona, and a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah. She is the associate director of Nurse-Midwifery Education at the University of California, San Diego.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO NURSE-MIDWIFERY BRIDGE PROGRAM: An Opportunity to Learn Intrapartum Nursing Skills
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 427–433, September-October 1997
How to Cite
Hunter, L. P., Dixon, L. R. and Vanda, R. (1997), THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO NURSE-MIDWIFERY BRIDGE PROGRAM: An Opportunity to Learn Intrapartum Nursing Skills. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 427–433. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(97)00053-0
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2010
This article describes an innovative program developed by the University of California, San Diego Nurse-Midwifery Education Program to supplement the experiential background of prospective nurse-midwifery students. This preprogram enables RNs without previous labor and delivery (maternal/newborn) nursing experience to complete the bridge program and enter the UCSD student nurse-midwifery program, on the same clinical level as other students and complete it within the standard time frame. The rationale for the program, its structural framework, and evaluation tools are presented. The authors hope that a description of the program will allow other institutions to replicate UCSD's success.