Our Philosophy

Guiding principles of the nurse-midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner programs

Mother and baby postpartum

The nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner programs educate clinicians to provide comprehensive healthcare by forming partnerships with women that emphasizes health promotion through education, advocacy, support, and comprehensive healthcare services throughout women’s lives. Comprehensive healthcare includes primary care, reproductive healthcare services, as well as pregnancy related care and other women’s health and pregnancy related problems.

Students learn to actively involve women and their families in making health choices that optimize health and wellness. This learning process is founded upon a fundamental respect for cultural and lifestyle choices as well as the individuality, spirituality and dignity of every woman. Physiological and developmental processes throughout women’s lives are supported through education and the appropriate use of technology and healthcare resources.

Our programs recognize that learning is a collaborative process based upon the principles of mutual respect intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence. Students learn to think critically and be self-directed, while taking full advantage of the resources of the faculty, the College of Nursing and the University. Students learn through coursework and clinical experiences that include science and evidence as well as the art and aesthetics of practice.