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Should I become a CNM or Air Force CNM?

Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Columnist) Educator Columnist Innovator Expert Nurse

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

Dear Nurse Beth,

So, I'm debating whether to become a CNM or Air Force CNM. I was wondering is it worth it, financially, mentally, physically to become a CNM?

Dear Debating,

While 6-8 years of education may seem like a long time, it really isn't, considering the job prospects for Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Many say being a CNM is very rewarding and satisfying. The future you (in six years) may well look back at the now you and say Good job! It was worth it!”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

You'll need to decide your educational path to becoming a nurse-midwife, but keep your eye on the prize: A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at a certified nurse midwife school. The program must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). The American Midwifery Certification Board is the gold standard in midwifery and nurse-midwifery certification.

Weigh your school options based on your current educational needs and timetable.

Only you can say if it's worth it given your unique circumstances. Talk to some CNMs and see if it excites you to see yourself doing this. If so. go for it!

Check out this entire forum dedicated to CNMs here: https://allnurses.com/certified-nurse-midwives/

What say other nurses? Is it worth it to become an advanced practice nurse?

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth


Edited by tnbutterfly

I'm in the same boat. I want to go back for my Masters and I have always wanted to be a CNM but now that I work in labor and delivery as an RN and see their lifestyle, I'm not sure. I've been tossing around a masters in management/leadership or education. I feel like I'm at an impase.


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