Women's Health/Gender Related Studies Programs
Penn's program showcases leading research from some of the nation's top faculty in women's health/gender related and midwifery in a collaborative classroom setting. Specially-designed courses are dedicated to innovative and rigorous academic preparation in complementary and alternative therapies, fetal evaluation, and healthcare policy giving Penn Nursing graduates the competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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Specifically, graduates are prepared with a wide range of skills not found in many other programs including IUD insertion, endometrial biopsies, and OB ultrasonography. That, coupled with unique clinical sites arranged by the School, and critical thinking skills informed by the latest research, unite to make Penn nationally recognized, with the nurse-midwifery program ranked second in the nation by US News & World Report.
Penn nurse-midwifery graduates are eligible for dual certification as Women's Health/ Gender Related Nurse Practitioners and as certified nurse-midwives. The Penn experience also offers opportunities for clinical experience in out-of-hospital birthing sites as well as international study.
The academic rigor is balanced by a wealth of experiences beyond the classroom allowing students personal relationships with instructors and fellow students.
We believe in and encourage self-directed learning, critical thinking, and the application of knowledge and skills in clinical situations.
We also believe that the autonomous practice of nurse practitioners/midwives is based on the health promotion model and interdependent practice. Interdependent practice emphasizes the unique aspects each health professional brings to the care of a client. For the nurse practitioner/midwife this involves family-centered and comprehensive care to essentially healthy women and their families.
Our care is shaped by a deep respect for human dignity and worth, an understanding of the variety of cultures, and the woman's right to self-determination in healthcare.