Midwife nurses are registered nurses who possess additional training and competence in delivering babies and providing women with prenatal and postpartum care. The salary is competitive, and certified midwife nurses have the potential to earn considerably higher compensation than those lacking certification.
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Midwife nurses often do not leave the mother’s side during the entire labour/delivery process. They keep an eye out for signs and symptoms that might indicate a larger abnormal condition, and will consult with a physician in the event that further medical intervention is required. In addition, midwife nurses provide prenatal and postpartum care for mothers and newborns, and many offer family planning and birth control counselling. In addition, they provide standard gynaecological services like pap smears, breast examinations and preventive health screening. In the majority of states, midwife nurses are allowed to prescribe medications.
Midwife nurses find employment in hospitals, clinics, health departments and birthing centres, and some enter private practice. According to a survey conducted by the "Journal of Nurse-Midwifery" (now called "Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health"), more than 50 per cent of certified midwife nurses work in an office or clinic setting and are employed by hospitals or physicians.
Although requirements for entering into a midwife nurse program vary according to school, the majority require a bachelor’s degree (although not necessarily in nursing), a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, a current license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one state, and one to two years of nursing experience.
Some states require national certification in order to practice as a midwife nurse. However, only those individuals who graduate from an accredited American College of Nurse-Midwives program are permitted to take the certifying exam. All certified midwife nurses are required to pass the national board exams, which are administered four times annually at various locations across the country. Upon successful completion of the certification process, midwife nurses are eligible to practice anywhere in the United States.
The average salary of a midwife nurse in the United States is £52,768, although this number is subject to variation according to location, experience/education and employer. Certified midwife nurses, however, can expect to earn in the range of £53,012 to £62,463 –– their average salary being £58,095.
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