Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).
For those who are interested in having a more personal relationship with their patients, a certification in CNM may be the career path for you. Dealing with all aspects of pregnancy, from the initial obgyn visits to on going examinations throughout the course of the pregnancy, a midwife may become very close with their patients. A CNM may spend over a year with an individual patient, helping the expecting mother through the entirety of prenatal and postpartum care .
A nurse midwife may prescribe medications and if requested by the mother may administer the drugs. Certified Nurse Midwife’s are very involved in labor and delivery, sometimes staying by the mother’s side for the entire labor process. They are trained to recognize signs and symptoms that deviate from normal conditions and can intercede if needed, at times may perform the delivery themselves.
To practice legally in America you will need to attend and pass a very in depth exam administered from The North American Registry of Midwives. This exam tests all your knowledge, and is needed in conjunction with a university nurse-midwifery program accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Since many mid-wives do not practice at large institutes, an average salary is hard to pin down, though some estimates put it as high as 80k per year. Just like most nursing jobs, it will all depend on where you live and who you decide to work.
For nurses who are interested in increasing their salary and job opportunities in the ever increasing field of Advanced Practice Nursing, the University of Cincinnati has the nursing degree options to further your career. One option offered... Additional Information »