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Mission, Values, Philosophy, and Outcomes

Bethel University's M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program, as well as Bethel's Nursing Department, have a strong mission, set of values, goals, and outcomes that we follow to ensure that our nurse-midwives graduate with the integrity and skills they need to advance the profession.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing Department is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects a Christ-like presence as we prepare nurses at baccalaureate and graduate levels to serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society.

Nursing Department Values

  • We value the perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasize caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.
  • We value the liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.
  • We value education that is relational, active, evidence-based, and promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.
  • We value nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.
  • We value nursing leadership that influences the quality of healthcare for all, including vulnerable and underserved populations, within changing local and global healthcare systems.

Additional Values of the Nurse-Midwifery Program

In addition to the Nursing Department Values listed above:

  • We value that every person has a right to be an active participant in their healthcare and be provided with accurate information to self-determine the best choices for themselves and their families.
  • We value a model of healthcare that includes the therapeutic use of human presence and communication, a full partnership that honors the woman and her individual experiences and knowledge, and one that is based on the best evidence available.
  • We value the normalcy of women’s lifecycle events and believe that midwifery care balances watchful waiting and non-intervention with appropriate intervention, consultation, collaboration, and referral with other members of the healthcare team to provide optimal care.
  • We value formal education, lifelong learning, professional development, and research to guide midwifery practice and the development of the profession of midwifery and the education of midwives.

Nursing Department Goals

In all of its programs, including Nurse-Midwifery, Bethel's Nursing Department strives to:

  • Prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional nursing positions, and with the background necessary for advanced education.
  • Prepare students for life-long learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Express within the nursing profession Christian values and leadership through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

MS in Nursing Program Outcomes

  1. Provide leadership in a variety of systems to promote high quality and safe care for individuals and communities.
  2. Integrate nursing knowledge, theoretical foundations, and evidence to inform practice changes that improve health.
  3. Improve practice through knowledge and use of current and emerging information technologies.
  4. Integrate ethical perspectives and Christian principles in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Advocate for improved health of populations through analysis of policy and systems that address health disparities and determinants.
  6. Promote culturally competent systems that support the global context of health care.
  7. Collaborate with the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient and population health outcomes.

Nurse-Midwifery Program Outcomes

  • Function as a nurse-midwife through integration of theory, research, ethical and Christian perspectives, global realities, policy-making issues, and healthcare informatics.
  • Influence clinical practice through theory application and use of evidence in order to improve care for women and their families.
  • Manage holistically the healthcare needs of women across the lifespan and healthy newborns within the healthcare system.

Accreditation and Program Goals

This is to notify you that the Bethel University Nurse-Midwifery Program will be having an accreditation review by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) on Oct 3-5, 2016.

In accordance with the ACME Policies and Procedures, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the following nurse-midwifery programs. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation and initial accreditation preaccreditation at the February 2017 ACME Board of Review meeting. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential.

Your comments will be included with other program materials undergoing review next February 2017. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised June 2013, April 2015, April 2016). This document may be found at http://www.midwife.org/Accreditation under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments.

All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME Executive Director, hmaurer@acnm.org, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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