A profile of colorado nurse-midwives: Implications for health care

Marie Hastings-Tolsma, Yuki Tasaka, Abby Burton, Steffie Goodman, Cathy L. Emeis, Elisa Patterson, Penelope Bennett, Kate Koschoreck, Sharon Ruyak, Tanya Tanner, Tricia Vaughn, Anne Williams

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Nurse-midwives provide significant health care to underserved and vulnerable women, yet there is limited information about the nature of nurse-midwifery practices and compensation for services. This study reports the results of a Colorado statewide survey of nurse-midwives (N = 217). Electronic survey was utilized to detail practice in seven areas: demographics, type of practice, compensation, leadership, legislativep riorities,teaching involvement, and practice satisfaction. Responses(N = 114) were analyzed using SPSS 13.0. Results found wide variation in compensation and practice types. Respondents largely worked in urban settings, cared for low to moderate risk patients, and were generally older and White. Restriction from medical staffm membership, prescriptive authority constraints, and liability issues were practice limitations. While teaching a wide variety of learners, nurse-midwives do limited mentoring of nurse-midwifery students, a finding which is concerning given the decreasing numbers of nurse-midwives. Findings are compared to known national data, with implications for the provision of health care services detailed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-43
Number of pages20
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Compensation and benefits
  • Health carep olicy
  • Nurse-midwives
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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