Like many of you, I became a nurse with the intent of becoming a midwife. I really had no interest in nursing, just read and made (what I thought) was a wise decision to become a CNM vs an LM. Well anyway, I'm finishing my ASN, which was much more difficult than I thought it would be and have unexpectedly really enjoyed my program. I know that I want to apply to Frontier because of their excellent reputation and because there are no other CNM programs in my area. This is a second career for me, so, I'm in my mid 30's and will probably officially be a CNM when I'm close to 40. I whole-heartedly want to have my own birth center but will I feel prepared to do so when I finish my program? I'm almost an RN and feel like I can not be own for a while
and I'm afraid that the same will happen when I finish my CNM program. My question/concern is how long did it take you to feel confident to practice on your own? I don't want to wait 5-10 years gaining experience but then again, I do want to feel like a competent CNM and make good decisions.
I'd appreciate anyones words of wisdom.