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Nurse-Midwifery program lands high honor from ACNM

Apr. 30, 2015, 8:39 AM

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program has received a Lifetime Golden Commendation from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) — one of only four educational programs in the country to achieve this recognition.

“We are delighted to have our Nurse-Midwifery program honored in this way,” said Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of VUSN. “For our faculty, it’s simply all about the students. Our team is constantly trying new educational approaches and engaging their students in profound ways. As a result, we are preparing the most competent and capable nurse-midwives in the country.”

The recognition is given only to programs that demonstrate innovative methods of midwifery education, educate a diverse group of students and increase access to care for women with community involvement from faculty and students. To achieve the Golden Commendation, the program must also be at least 20 years old.

The award was presented by Michael McCann, CNM, the ACNM’s regional representative.
Michelle Collins, Ph.D., CNM, directs the Nurse-Midwifery program, which is made up of nine faculty and 37 currently enrolled students. The program was established in 1995 and has been distinguished as the No. 3 ranked Nurse-Midwifery Program in the country for the past five years by U.S. News and World Report.

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