just fyi: i am posting this as a resource for information, i am an rn that is the process of applying to frontier's cnm program. i am part of the yahoo group american council of certified nurse midwives in florida. i joined as a way to follow the midwife community here in florida. i also was told incorrectly about the 2010 deadline and it had upset me greatly because that was not what i had found when i researched. the next block of text is my email to the group and the blue is their responses that follow. this was all current as of 10/2008. i would think these ladies would be more up to date on the ins and outs in policey making on a national level, than any of us here posting. hope this helps!!:d
i am a nursing student with my sights set on becoming a cnm, i had
heard talk that florida was gearing up to make all arnp have their phd
by 2010, is this true? i also was told that it is all ready in effect.
any information on this would be appreciated. thanks
currently, in the state of florida, you must have a masters degree and a certification from the certifying arm of acnm. while there is lots of discussion nation wide regarding the move towards doctoral level degrees as entry level in nursing, this will not happen soon. definitely not by 2010.
anna small's reply is correct. keep your sights on that cnm credential. upcoming retirements will leave plenty of work for new midwives.
university of south florida
the doctor of nursing practice dnp is the new degree being offered. some midwifery programs have stopped the msn and have made their programs direct dnps bypassing the master's. some midwifery programs still offer the msn and have a dnp completion option. this allows cnms to practice for awhile before they finish the dnp.
there is a push to make all apn have a dnp by 2015...while the american college of nurse midwives has not yet decided to require that all cnms be dnps.
for more information see http://www.aacn. nche.edu/ dnp/index. htm
and http://www.midwife. org/sitefiles/ position/ midwifery_ ed_and_dnp_ 6_07.pdf
http://www.midwife. org/faq_for_ students. cfm
suzan ulrich, drph, cnm, facnm
chair of midwifery and women's health
frontier school of midiwfery and family nursing