Statement of Philosophy, Mission & Objectives

Statement of Philosophy, Mission & Objectives

Develop nurse-midwifery leaders who are empowered to generate, explore, and apply nursing and midwifery knowledge for evolving health care environments.

Statement of Philosophy
The Faculty of the UC Nurse-Midwifery Program value and believe that:

  • All persons possess inherent dignity, worth and autonomy, that all persons have the right to seek their highest level of wellness, and that their health care occurs in a participatory, ethical informed relationship with the health care system.
  • Accessible, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.
  •  The physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual processes of women’s lives are an integrated whole, pregnancy and birth are normal processes. These processes benefit from education, holistic continuity of care, supportive interventions and non-intervention in normal processes, grounded in science and tempered by a humanistic approach.
  • Nurse-Midwifery care is woman-centered care, which occurs within the context of her family and community, with respect for cultural values and personal preferences.
  • Nurse-Midwives provide optimum women’s health care, functioning independently and interdependently within a multidisciplinary health care team, utilizing skills, knowledge, judgment and continuity of care appropriate to the client’s needs.
  •  Nurse-Midwives are prepared for and will assume leadership roles as clinicians, researchers, educators, and administrators in women’s health care.
  •  Nurse-Midwives assume responsibility for their continued professional growth as nurse-midwives, professional accountability and participation in nurse-midwifery education.
  •  Nurse-midwifery education, as well as practice, is a creative, responsive process, grounded on principles of the adult learner, within a program that provides a safe learning environment, encourages feminist communication and mutual respect, and honors both the art and science of nurse-midwifery.
  • The ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice are guiding principles in the nurse-midwifery education program curriculum.
  • Graduates of the UC CON Nurse-Midwifery Program will be eligible for certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and will be prepared for licensure in their respective states. The ACNM Standards for the Practice of Midwifery will be the guiding principles in their practice.


  1. Integrate theoretical perspectives from nursing science and related sciences as a framework for planning holistic care to enhance, modify, or support the health patterns of client systems in various environmental contexts
  2. Demonstrate competence in providing and evaluating nurse-midwifery practice with an emphasis on safety and quality.
  3. Demonstrate leadership for nurse-midwifery practice as a member of an inter-professional team within various environmental contexts.
  4. Design evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and communities.
  5. Critically appraise evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care within various environmental contexts.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to promote health and help shape the health delivery system through policy, processes and advocacy.
  7. Develop culturally sensitive, ethical, and financially sound comprehensive nurse/nurse-midwifery care to individuals, aggregates, and/or communities.
  8. Demonstrate professional roles to operationalize standards of care to influence reasoned change in nurse-midwifery practice.
  9. Analyze implications of legal, ethical and financial accountability from the perspective of nurse-midwifery practice and within various environmental contexts.
  10. Exhibit a commitment to excellence in nurse-midwifery practice and to advancement of the disciplines of nursing and midwifery.

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