Texas, US (Nursing Salary.Org) - This brand new nurse-midwifery program at the Nursing School of Baylor University in Louise Herrington has recently received accreditation from the Board of Review at Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.
The accreditation letter read by Ken Starr, Baylor’s President, held lots of praises for this program based in Dallas, its faculty, as well as for its coordinator – Dr. Mary Ann Faucher. She is an associate professor in nursing. It named it an excellent degree program that will make significant contributions to the women and families not catered for in Texas.
The commission has revealed that these are the first batches of nurses in the country that have completed and received a degree at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in May 2010.
This program started in the academic year 2009-2010 and allows its students to immediately progress from the bachelor’s program of nursing to a PhD of Nurse-Midwifery.
Of the only 8 schools of nursing that offer DNP for nurse-midwifery programs within the nation, Baylor’s is the only Texan school for Nursing, as per figures revealed by the accreditation committee.
Faucher said that she was very delighted and pleased after receiving the accreditation notice that was free of any recommendations on changes. She proudly announced that they have been given the maximum permissible, which is 5 years for the premier complete accreditation.
She also said, “The praise in the letter adds additional recognition to the team that worked on this accreditation and verifies the commitment that Baylor has to excellence and hence to the students. It is certainly nice to receive full accreditation, but the added praise is like getting a 5-star rating.”
This degree program requires candidates to complete a project that applies to clinical practice instead of research dissertation.
The field of nurse-midwifery is focused on births that do not involve unnecessary procedures. Research reveals that births monitored by nurse-midwives have significantly reduced risks for both baby and mother.
Around eighty percent of the nation’s estimated 11,300 qualified nurse-midwives possess a master’s degree. Around five percent possess a doctorate degree as well, as per American Midwifery Certification Board.
This beginning accreditation was rewarded post the assessment of a self-evaluation reporting submitted by the program. This was reviewed by the Board of Review at the accreditation commission. Along with that, additional materials and a report of site visit were also handed in October of 2010.
Initial accreditation is allowed for 5 years at the maximum period of time permitted. The subsequent site visit and self-evaluation is due to be carried out in fall of 2015. The results will be reviewed in the board meeting of Jan 2016.