Doctor of Nursing Practice
"I knew I wanted more, that I wanted to expand my career. I wanted to see women for the full spectrum of their lives.”
After receiving her doctor of nursing practice degree in midwifery, Meg Workman moved to Aitkin, Minn., to provide health care to women living in the northern Minnesota town of 2,200 people. “I have always imagined myself practicing midwifery in a small community,” said Workman.
Workman approached the hospital, which hadn’t previously employed a nurse-midwife, to explain how midwifery fit into the hospital’s mission. The approach led to her being offered a position. “As a midwife I partner with women through their lifetime to achieve their optimal health. Patients can expect holistic care, which incorporates scientific evidence into clinical practice,” said Workman.
The environment in a rural hospital puts her in a dramatically different setting than her clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Riverside Campus in the heart of Minneapolis. “I feel very well equipped to handle a wide variety of situations that may arise due to women’s personal needs, desires, cultural needs or family situations,” said Workman.
Workman said she never dreamed she’d be a nurse-midwife when she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After getting her degree, she accepted a position as a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital in Illinois. The work resonated with her. “I could relate to everything going on there,” said Workman, who is now a mother of four.
She enrolled in the University of Minnesota DNP program because she desired more patient contact. “I knew I wanted more, that I wanted to expand my career. I wanted to see women for the full spectrum of their lives,” said Workman, about why she wanted to become a nurse-midwife. “It’s an awesome responsibility. You’re responsible for patients in a different way. To go through that transition is pretty profound.”