Program Philosophy

The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery Program is intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. We support our efforts with respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we seek to recruit, admit, retain, promote, and support diverse and underrepresented individuals. We value social justice and human rights. We embrace the plurality of humanity that composes our community including, but not limited to: age, race, ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion. We affirm the inherent worth of each individual in order to protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of all people. As educators of advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders, we accept the responsibility to foster and graduate highly-educated, culturally-sensitive health care professionals who mirror and support the diverse populations they serve. 

The nurse-midwife is a professional whose advanced scientific education is built on a liberal basic education, which serves as a basis for life-long learning.  Faculty believe in the inherent worth, dignity, and individuality of the student, with respect for social, cultural, and personal diversity and life experiences. The educational process at VUSN results in excellence and innovation in preserving and advancing the art and science of nursing/midwifery in the scholarly domains of education, practice, research and informatics. 

Graduates are prepared to function independently, through the therapeutic use of human presence and skillful communication in the nurse-midwifery practice role, while honoring the normalcy of lifecycle events. Graduates are also prepared to work in collaboration with other health professionals. The importance of leadership, lifelong education, and inclusivity are emphasized.