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THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO NURSE-MIDWIFERY BRIDGE PROGRAM: An Opportunity to Learn Intrapartum Nursing Skills

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  • Lauren P. Hunter CNM, MS,

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    • 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.

  • Lynn R. Dixon CNM, MS, CFNP,

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    • Lynn R. Dixon is a clinical instructor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She received Baccalaureate degrees in Zoology from the University of Illinois and in Nursing from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Science in nurse-midwifery from the University of Utah, and a post-masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California, San Diego. She is on faculty in the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of California, San Diego.

  • R Vanda Lops, CNM, MNS

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    • Vanda R. Lops is an associate 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 Hunter College a Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from New York Medical College. She is a doctoral candidate at title University of San Diego.


Address correspondence to Lauren P. Hunter, CNM, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Graduate Nursing Education, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0809, La Jolla, CA 92093–0809.

Abstract

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.

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