Philosophy

The Faculty of the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, Nurse-Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, agrees with and supports the philosophy of Georgetown University and its School of Nursing & Health Studies. The Faculty further agrees with and supports the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

In addition, we believe that each woman and family has the right to health care, which, through the provision of education and respect, fosters participation in decision-making. Such care, based on respect for diversity and competent clinical management, should promote optimal wellness and human potential throughout the life cycle.

We believe that midwives and WHNPs are collaborative members of health care delivery teams. In order to promote health and human dignity, midwives and WHNPs have the responsibility to design systems and effect change within health care locally, nationally, and internationally.

We believe in the active engagement of students in the teaching-learning process.

We believe that learning occurs best in an academic and clinical environment that is supportive of the intellectual, professional, and ethical development of the individual. We view clinical settings and health care systems as the laboratories for application and testing of theory.

We believe that accurate self-assessment is essential for the protection of clients and the promotion of life-long learning.

We believe that Midwifery/WHNP faculty should emulate the highest standards for teaching and practice. In addition, the faculty role includes service to the community, scholarship, and commitment to advancing the professions of midwifery and nursing. The faculty appropriately assumes and models leadership roles in the academic as well as local, national, and international arenas.

Revised and approved October 2015

Mission and Goals Statement

Since its founding in 1972, the Georgetown University Nurse-Midwifery Program has been dedicated to the mission of educating nurse-midwives who are competent providers of primary health care and leaders in maternal-child health. This dedication was extended through the addition of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program in 2008. In continued commitment to this mission, the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP Programs affirms as its goals:

To attain excellence in the education of midwives and WHNPs who meet or exceed basic competencies as beginning practitioners who blend the appropriate use of technology with a humanist approach while continuing to provide excellence in caring and social responsiveness;

To promote freedom of thought and inquiry in order to prepare graduates who will contribute to the body of knowledge of midwifery and women’s health through disciplined scientific inquiry;

To educate midwives and WHNPs with the knowledge, skills, and values that enable them to give excellent care;

To prepare midwives and WHNPs to work collaboratively as autonomous and accountable decision makers with other professionals to develop effective health care delivery systems and to influence health policy;

To develop an active community of scholars in which faculty and students commit to life-long learning;

To build a moral community of midwives and WHNPs who will responsibly serve the health care needs of the nation’s capital, the nation, and the global community with sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of justice, and with particular concern for vulnerable populations.

Revised and approved: October 2015

Terminal Objectives

The terminal objectives of the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP Programs are that the student will:

  • Integrate ethical principles and clinical excellence in midwifery and WHNP practice.
  • Be a competent, safe, beginning practitioner.
  • Continue to develop the role of the midwife and WHNP and promote the profession of midwifery and WHNP.
  • Use research skills and a scholarly approach to assist in the development and validation of midwifery and nursing science.
  • Integrate theoretical and scientific concepts that influence leadership in midwifery and WHNP practice roles consistent with education, practice, and research.
  • Participate in the process of health policy development for continued improvement of health care systems.
  • Engage in life-long learning and the professional development of self and others.
  • Practice in a manner that honors and respects the cultural beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of the women and families served.

Revised and approved: October 2015