Starting Nursing School

  1. Hello everybody, I'm new to this site. I fell into it when I was looking for different nursing programs. I was wondering if any of you could give me a little push in the right direction.

    I want to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. I've looked at different schools in my area, and the only thing I've been able to find out is that I first have to get my BSN in nursing. One school said I have to "have a job or be a part of an organizational environment that allows application of the concepts learned in class." I'm not real sure what that means. I'm I starting to high? Is there other classes I'm suppose to take before getting my BSN? Any information you can give me at all would be a big help!
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    Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 12


  3. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Take a look at the Student Nurses section on the BB. There may be some info you can use.
  4. by   whipping girl in 07
    How close do you live to Dallas? I hear Parkland Memorial is THE place to train to be a midwife.

    First, you need to get your BSN, then secure a job in L&D. This may be harder than you'd think, as it seems to be one of the last specialties that has not welcomed new grads, although it may be different in different geographical areas.

    Get some experience in L&D and then go back to school to be a midwife. Knowing how to care for the laboring woman is very important in your journey to becoming a midwife.

    Good luck!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Go straight for your BSN. You will need it to build on to attend most CNM programs......altho some allow for other bachelor's degrees, an advanced placement. There are many to choose from; I don't know where you live. I work as a labor/delivery nurse and have for 5 years. I think it is helpful to have at least SOME experience in the labor/delivery/newborn nursing areas before entering CNM school, but some do not, and learn in school and in their internships. You could always try talking about this w/a CNM in your area or....

    There IS a Nurse Midwifery board here at; why not post this question there? I bet you get some helpful, well-thought answers. I wish you the best in your endeavor to become a CNM. Good choice, far as I am concerned!
  6. by   Kimberly_1999
    Thank you so much for the great information. I never thougt about a job in L&D first, but what a good idea. I can gain such good expirences dealing with moms' in a hospital environment to take with me on my road to Midwifery!
  7. by   Kimberly_1999
    Oh, I live in Michigan, near Detroit. )
  8. by   Kimberly_1999
    I'm new to this, that is suppose to be a happy face. oops! hee hee
  9. by   sjoe
    Kim--and I would check VERY carefully about job opportunities before getting too involved in this. In many areas of the country, there are none for this specialty, in others you would be able to work only under a doc's supervision, etc.

    Besides checking out the appropriate forum on this BB, have lunch with some people already doing that job to see what they have to say and suggest.