Join us for this virtual session with Dr. Susan Stone, FNU President and ACNM President, to kick off National Midwifery Week. Dr. Stone will discuss how the ideal situation occurs when midwives, obstetricians, nurses and other healthcare providers work together in collaborative teams. When the best of both professions are brought together in a successful collaboration, women and families benefit.
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Dr. Susan E. Stone, a certified nurse midwife, is a leader in strategic development to increase the quality and capacity of the midwifery and advanced practice nursing workforce, with the specific goal of improving health care for families. Her primary position for the last two decades is as the President of Frontier Nursing University where she has grown the University from a community-based school of nurse-midwifery offering a basic certificate program with 200 students enrolled, to an accredited University offering masters and doctoral degrees to nurses seeking graduate credentials. Today the University has over 2,000 graduate and doctoral nursing students enrolled from every state in the United States and seven foreign countries. The focus is educating primary care providers to serve rural and underserved populations. Within its degree programs the university now offers tracks leading nurses to certification as nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, women’s health care nurse practitioners, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. Dr. Stone also currently serves as the President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) where her agenda includes increasing the midwifery workforce through educational quality and capacity strategies, midwifery advocacy focusing on the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis, and growing the diversity in the healthcare workforce. She believes collaboration with other health care professionals is an essential component to improve the health of women and families and continues to foster this approach in her various roles.