New nursing student, interested in Midwifery

  1. HI everyone. I have just started my LVN program. Alot of people ask why LVN instead of RN, for me right now this is quicker than waiting to get into the RN program, I do plan on bridging after I graduate (Sept 2006)

    I am very interested in working in L&D and I have been thinking about becoming a nurse midwife. What training is involved, do I have to be a BSN? Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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  3. by   futureTMA
    For L&D, you would need an AA degree in Nursing (ASN), then be licensed RN, and possibly patience to get into that dept. However, to be a nurse midwife you have to have your BSN, get some experience (this varies), and do another year of school to become a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife). I would recommend that you look at the American College of Nurse Midwives website and buy the MidwiferyToday book, Paths to Becoming a Midwife, it has everything you need to know.
  4. by   JAHJF
    Most hospitals don't have LVN positions in L&D d/t restrictions on LVN practices (vary by state). Some (especially large teaching hospitals) have no problem hiring new nurses right out of an ADN or BSN program; but be prepared for some let downs (it took me two years to get a job in L&D but I got good experience in cardiac care while I waited and I am comfortable w/my basics, like pt assessment, charting, medication administration, starting IV's, etc.). :hatparty:

    Alot of CNM programs require atleast 1yr L&D experience (and more is always better) but all require atleast 1 full year of RN work.

    CNM's have a MSN and at most schools full time study takes about 2yrs and 3yrs part time); there are also alot of different entry options and each school varies (so do alot research before you pick the route you want to go).

    1) An RN w/BSN enrolls in MSN-midwife program.
    2) An RN w/ADN enrolls in RN-BSN option the on to MSN.
    3) An RN w/ADN enrolls in RN-MSN (highly selective but saves some time compared to the RN-BSN option).
    4) Bridge programs for a MSN for people who have bachelor's degrees in a field other than nursing.

    Hope this helps, let me know if I can help w/anything else.
  5. by   futureTMA
    Last edit by studentcnm on Jul 21, '05
  6. by   JAHJF

    Also, check out this thread titled "Future CNM" and you can always join in that discussion.