A nurse midwife is an advanced practice registered nurse who has specialized education and training in midwifery.Nurse midwives function as primary healthcare providers for women and most often provide medical care for relatively healthy women, whose births are considered uncomplicated and not “high risk,” as well as their neonates. Often, women with high-risk pregnancies can receive the benefits of midwifery care from a nurse midwife in collaboration with a physician.
The nurse midwife may work closely or in collaboration, with an obstetrician & gynecologist, who provides consultation and/or assistance to patients who develop complications or have complex medical histories or diseases. They are able to prescribe some medications, treatments, medical devices, therapeutic and diagnostic measures. Nurse midwife, in most cases they provide medical care to women from puberty through menopause, including care for their newborn (neonatology), antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and nonsurgical gynecological care.
- Evaluates need for and ordering laboratory and diagnostic tests. Reviews and records laboratory results in prenatal record. Reviews and interprets laboratory results with client.
- Assesses need for referral to other healthcare providers.
- Educates patients and their families and encourages participation in healthcare related decisions.
- Participates in constant labor and delivery coverage for HealthStart caseload.
- Collaborates, consults, and refers with HealthStart physicians in accordance with practice guidelines and nurse-midwifery regulations. Acts as stand-by for unattended private deliveries when the HealthStart physician is unavailable. Acts as Cesarean section first assist for HealthStart clients and private physicians.
- Completes post-partum rounds and discharges.
- Supervises Nurse-Mid-wifery students and family practice residents during their clinical rotation at CH.
Nurse Midwife Requirements:
- Graduate of an accredited midwifery program with Certificate of nurse-midwifery.
- Successful completion of integration experience in an accredited midwifery program.
Frequent physical demands include: Standing , Walking , Push/Pull , Twisting , Bending , Reaching forward , Wrist position deviation
About Capital Health
Capital Health System (CHS) serves the residents of New Jersey’s capital city through two hospitals — Helene Fuld Medical Center and Mercer Medical Center — that joined forces in 1997. Together they have nearly 600 beds and employ a staff of 3,000. The not-for-profit CHS offers emergency, surgical, and acute care, and it serves as a hands-on teaching facility to nursing and medical students. The system primarily serves residents of Mercer County and nearby Bucks County in central New Jersey. Capital Health System offers centers for maternal and pediatric health, cardiology, dialysis, trauma services, oncology, orthopedics, mental health, and infectious diseases
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