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    It sounds like you are doing what you need to be doing... becoming a Doula, volunteering for a local birth center... It also sounds like you have some great leadership experience! You could always look into and attending some conferences on Childbirth and Midwifery.

    If you can afford to take a MAJOR pay cut, applying to a local hospital's L&D or Maternity Department would be one way of getting closer to direct experience. You don't always have to be certified to work in a hospital as a nursing assistant. They often have their own training programs.

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    In Pa after 3 years I make about 54K.

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    Where do you live? If you go to Salary.com and search for RN salaries in your state you can get an average Idea. I know where I am new grads with or without a BSN start out at $22-24/ hour as a base pay in hospitals. Also, a lot of hospitals will pay a shift differential of approx. 10% if you work a shift after 3pm, which brings the pay to $24-26/hour. You should also ask about weekend differential. I know at the last place I worked (3p-11p) I got 10% shift differential and then another 15% on top of that when I worked the weekend.
    Hope this helps.

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    I wish I had info for you... I am wondering the same thing about San Antonio, TX. I am probably moving there with in the next 5 years and I plan on applying to Frontier's CNM program this year. I have done a little reasearch and it just doesn't seem that CNMs are popular in TX. Currently I live in PA and they are in every OBGYN practice here.

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    Thanks for the info. I am specifically looking for info about CNMs in the San Antonio area.

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    hi Todd, I successfully applied with the portfolio process and started this winter. It was a great opportunity to get "credit" for my experience. It saved me a lot of $$ and time as well. The application process took a while- I spent a long time working on the essays- all told, probably 2 months from starting it to submitting it. I took stats while waiting to hear-- before Frontier Bound, but after submitting the application. There seemed to only be 2 of us who entered the program this way during my Frontier Bound-- I am not sure if more people did not go through the application process, or if they did, but were admitted to the Bridge instead. I think it was more likely that people did not apply to it. Good Luck!
    If you don't mind me asking what type of Bachelors did you have? I am thinking about applying and I have a Bachelors in Psychology and and ADN (graduated with honors for both degrees) with 3 years of nursing experience in Med/Surg, Maternity, and GYN. Also, I know by the time I apply my Statistics course will no longer be good (over 10 years ago in May 2010). Do I have to take statistics before I apply or can I apply and just take it before Frontier Bound (that is if I get in)? Lastly, do you have any advice on how to strengthen my portfolio? I feel like I don't have very much to speak of, or I am just not thinking of things that would count. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Hi,

    I am looking to chat with a CNM who works in Texas. I have some questions about the role CNMs fulfill and the legal aspects of the profession in the state of TX. I am thinking about starting a CNM program in Pennsylvania but could be moving to Texas at some point in the future (after I complete school of course). In Pennsylvania CNMs handle majority prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum care of uncomplicated vaginal deliveries in the hospital setting. They work mostly work in private OB/GYN practices and sometimes even out number the physicians in the practices. They also see patients for routine annual GYN exams. Is this similar to how it is in Texas?

    Thanks

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    I really appreciate your thorough response. Thank you so much!! I am going on FB right now to look for the Frontier group. Good luck in the program!!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am thinking about applying to Frontier's Midwifery program, but I am trying to figure out if this is a realistic goal. I have one young child and one on the way. I currently work 24 hours/week in a postpartum/GYN unit. That being said... does anyone know if you should have Labor and Delivery Experience to do this program. The admission director mentioned that some clinical sites won't accept midwifery students unless they have had L&D experience. Has anyone had any trouble with this? I am also concerned about the fact that I have to find my own preceptor. We have a decent amount of practices in my area, but I have never heard of a Frontier midwifery student at any of the practices. Lastly, does anyone know if you can work part-time and care for two children throughout the program including the clinical portion? I have to continue to work a least 24 hours (12 hr shifts)/ week to have my hospital pay for part of my tuition. I am feeling so overwhelmed and excited trying to figure out if I can make this happen. This is my dream and I was so excited to find out about Frontier. I think it is my only hope of advancing my career unless I want to wait 18 more years Any advice would GREATLY be appreciated!!!!


    Thanks

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am thinking about applying to Frontier's Midwifery program, but I am trying to figure out if this is a realistic goal. I have one young child and one on the way. I currently work 24 hours/week in a postpartum/GYN unit. That being said... does anyone know if you should have Labor and Delivery Experience to do this program. The admission director mentioned that some clinical sites won't accept midwifery students unless they have had L&D experience. Has anyone had any trouble with this? I am also concerned about the fact that I have to find my own preceptor. We have a decent amount of practices in my area, but I have never heard of a Frontier midwifery student at any of the practices. Lastly, does anyone know if you can work part-time and care for two children throughout the program including the clinical portion? I have to continue to work a least 24 hours (12 hr shifts)/ week to have my hospital pay for part of my tuition. I am feeling so overwhelmed and excited trying to figure out if I can make this happen. This is my dream and I was so excited to find out about Frontier. I think it is my only hope of advancing my career unless I want to wait 18 more years Any advice would GREATLY be appreciated!!!!


    Thanks,
    Leslie



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