Your #1 choice for free
Job Descriptions
Job Details
Occupation Information

Nurse Midwives
SOC Code: 29-1161.00

Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM); Certified Nurse-Midwife; Clinical Site Coordinator and Supervisor; Nurse Midwife; Senior Instructor, Certified Nurse Midwife; Staff Certified Nurse Midwife; Staff Midwife; Staff Nurse Midwife; Staff Nurse-Midwife

Tasks

  • Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
  • Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
  • Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
  • Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
  • Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
  • Document findings of physical examinations.
  • Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconception care.
  • Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
  • Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
  • Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
  • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
  • Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.
  • Provide patients with direct family planning services, such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers, including cervical caps or diaphragms.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.
  • Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.
  • Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.
  • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.
  • Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.

Technology Skills

  • Medical software - Acrendo Medical Software Ob/Gyn EMR; Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR; digiChart OB-GYN; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR (see all 19 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office

Tools Used

  • Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories - Fetal heart rate monitors
  • Blood collection syringes - Blood drawing syringes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits - Sphygmomanometers
  • Clinical incubators or infant warmers - Infant warmers
  • Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories - Colposcopes
  • Electronic medical thermometers - Digital medical thermometers
  • Fetal or gynecological ultrasound or echo units - Fetal doppler units
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats - Curved forceps; Curved hemostats; Straight hemostats
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components - Oxygen flowmeters
  • Infant scales - Baby scales
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits - Intravenous IV administration equipment
  • Lancets
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes - Bulb syringes
  • Medical nasal cannulae - Oxygen nasal cannulae
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts - Infant oxygen masks; Oxygen delivery masks
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks - Protective face shields
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories - Suction catheters
  • Medical syringe with needle - Hypodermic syringes
  • Medical tape measures - Medical measuring tapes
  • Microscope slides
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient floor scales - Medical scales
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers - Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Reflex hammers or mallets - Reflex hammers
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories - Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
  • Specimen collection container - Specimen collection containers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories - Obstetrical forceps; Ring forceps; Tissue forceps; Umbilical cord clamps (see all 6 examples)
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical needle holders for general use - Curved needle holders; Straight needle holders
  • Surgical scissors - Episiotomy scissors; Umbilical cord scissors
  • Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets - Suturing kits
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units - Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Urinary catheterization kit - Urinary catheters
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers - Evacuated blood collection containers
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Vaginal ultrasound or echo probes or accessories - Vaginal ultrasound probes

Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: SI
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 92% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Telephone - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 81% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 89% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 78% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 81% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 76% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 78% responded “Very important results.”
  • Consequence of Error - 81% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 59% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 49% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 61% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 44% responded “Very important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 39% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 27% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 27% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 53% responded “About half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 24% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
78%Master's degree
11%Post-master's certificate
5%Post-baccalaureate certificate

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $48.36 hourly, $100,590 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 7,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 500

Similar Job Descriptions: