Get access

Web-Based Data Collection in Midwifery Clinical Education


  • Deborah S. Walker CNM, FNP, DNSc,

    Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Deborah S. Walker, CNM, FNP, DNSc, FACNM, is an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing and School of Medicine, Department of OB/GYN at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and the Coordinator of their new Nurse-Midwifery Concentration. She is Chair of the Data and Information Management Section of the ACNM Division of Research.

  • Joanne M. Pohl APRN, BC, PhD

    Search for more papers by this author
    • Joanne M. Pohl, APRN, BC, PhD, FAAN, is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Office for Community Partnerships at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Pohl is an Adult Nurse Practitioner currently in practice at the Community Family Health Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

Deborah S. Walker, CNM, FNP, DNSc, Wayne State University, 5557 Cass Avenue, Room 346, Detroit, MI 48202.


A Web-based computerized database for clinical data collection use by midwifery and nurse practitioner students was developed and revised over 2 years. The database provided insight into the number and diversity of clients seen as well as the student's level of autonomy. Students documented a selected set of data elements sensitive to nursing and midwifery care for all client encounters. Analysis of the clinical encounter data entered by nurse-midwifery students in the Antepartum Care course during two winter semesters included 1,417 client encounters. Results of the analyses are presented as well as educational and clinical issues involved in the development and maintenance of the database. Future work includes refining the current database, expanding the data set to include the ACNM nurse-midwifery clinical data sets for antepartum and intrapartum care, and pilot testing the Web-based version in Fall 2003 by using wireless, handheld technology.