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VUSN Nurse-Midwives Named Best in the Country

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Practice has been recognized for its excellence in care by the 2010 American College of Nurse-Midwives Benchmarking Project.

Specifically, VUSN was named best practice in the nation for its highest rate of postpartum visit attendance and its lowest rate of induction.  They also received runner-up honors for having one of the highest rates of length of stay following maternal vaginal birth (less than 12 hours) and for having one of the top breastfeeding continuation rates.

“This success comes from many factors – excellent nurse-midwives, a strong support structure and our collaborating teams with the School of Medicine – all coming together to focus on the health of these mothers and their babies,” said Bonnie Pilon, PhD, DSN, senior associate dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

The VUSN practice is comprised of the Franklin Road Women’s Health Clinic and the West End Women’s Health Clinic with 19 providers caring for more than 2,800 patients with a variety of health care needs, including nurse-
midwifery services.



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