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Nurse Midwives

Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
    • Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
    • Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
    • Provide patients with direct family planning services, such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers, including cervical caps or diaphragms.
    • Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.
    • Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.
    • Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
    • Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
    • Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
    • Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconception care.
    • Document findings of physical examinations.
    • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
    • Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
    • Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.
    • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.
    • Instruct student nurse midwives, medical students, or residents on the birthing process.
    • Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.
    • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.
    • Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.
    • Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 99180/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 47.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Surgical scissors
    • Surgical needle holders
    • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps
    • Medical oxygen masks or parts
    • Endoscopic hemostatic balloons or needles or tubes or accessories

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software

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