Innovative New Graduate Programs in Midwifery and Nursing Informatics
As a leader in healthcare education, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies launched two new graduate programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Midwifery and a Master of Science concentration in Nursing Informatics.
The new midwifery program prepares students to be expert nurse midwives for every stage and in every setting in which midwifery care is delivered to women. DNP students will gain clinical experience through attending births and providing gynecologic, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, and breastfeeding care under the supervision of Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) faculty.
The program is designed to meet the competencies for the practice doctorate in midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and to meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice.
"Students in the Egan School Nurse Midwifery DNP program will foster their commitment to empowering women throughout their lifespan," said Nurse Midwifery Program Director Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN. "The program's philosophy highlights a dedication to trauma-informed care and perinatal loss. Interprofessional simulation opportunities will occur throughout the program in the brand new Egan School Simulation Center. Midwives are the cornerstone of women's healthcare, and I look forward to welcoming our first cohort of midwifery students this fall."
A minimum of 1,000 clinical immersion hours are required for the DNP. For more information about the midwifery program and to apply, visit fairfield.edu/midwifery.
Nursing informatics is a new cross-disciplinary graduate program that offers nursing students the opportunity to learn the latest skills in informatics, analytics and computer engineering. Fairfield’s nursing informatics is a concentration in the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership program.
As defined by Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, nursing informatics is the “specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice.” Partnering with experts in informatics, analytics and computer engineering in the Dolan School of Business and School of Engineering, students will have the opportunity to learn the latest skills needed to support a career in informatics nursing.
“We are excited to offer the Leadership in Informatics Nursing (LEAD-IN) graduate program to current and future nursing leaders who are interested in applying their nursing knowledge and wisdom to information and communication technology to optimize patient outcomes and work flow. Unlike any other program in our area, the LEAD-IN program is specifically designed for nurses interested in a graduate degree program where they have opportunities to learn from leaders in informatics both in the classroom and in a clinical setting through real-world practicum experiences,” said Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, LEAD-IN, specialty coordinator and assistant professor of nursing.
The concentration will provide nurses with the ability to apply informatics theory through clinical practicum experiences in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates of this program meet all the qualifications to register for the national Informatics Nursing Certification Exam. The concentration in informatics nursing targets nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests. Graduates of the program will be prepared to address the predominant healthcare issues of the future, including:
- Improved documentation and resource management in the healthcare setting
- Utilization of electronic health record data to improve patient care and outcomes
- Promoting quality healthcare through the analysis of aggregate to drive healthcare policy change
The new program requires a total of 39 credits, including 12 courses and a clinical informatics practicum. The rigorous curriculum includes courses in nursing leadership, information and database systems, and is currently the only program in the state to offer “hands on” learning experiences in the field for Informatics students.
For detailed program and admission information, visit: fairfield.edu/informatics.