Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I have practiced as a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for 18 years in the hospital and clinic setting. I have delivered over 5000 babies to families with diverse backgrounds. In addition, I have provided health care to women which includes family planning, prenatal care, and gynecological exams. As a CNM, I focus on involving women in their healthcare decisions and use interventions judiciously when there is a clear medical need. My goal has been to support women and empower each one to make good health care decisions for themselves and their families.
A driving factor that inspired me towards a midwifery career was my experience as a young mother. I experienced a normal pregnancy and labor that turned into a traumatic event with unnecessary and harmful interventions that left me physically harmed and emotionally traumatized. This experience motivated me to provide a different experience for women. I wanted no woman I cared for to feel disrespected, not listened to, or not involved in their care and the decisions made. I feel I have met this goal in my career but desire to broaden the number of women that I impact.
Over the years, I have taken part in the education of nurses and OBGYN resident physicians. I have discovered that I very much enjoy passing on my knowledge and skills and have received much positive feedback from my students. I believe the best way I can continue to improve compassionate and quality women’s healthcare is by receiving the education required to be a nurse midwifery professor. By teaching and training others, I can influence the care of so many more women than I can on my own. The women I care for have inspired me to reach for even more!
Ruth from Massachusetts
Frontier Nursing University