Angelita Nixon, CNM, MSN
Candidate for Nominating Committee
See Angy Nixon's CV here
Angelita (Angy) Nixon, CNM,
MSN, has practiced
full-scope midwifery in hospitals, clinics, and a freestanding birth center.
Nixon became a small business owner in 2003, providing full-scope midwifery
services in her home office in addition to making house calls. Active in
the leadership of several nursing and midwifery professional organizations at
the state and national levels, Nixon maintains a clinical practice while
working with the West Virginia Perinatal Partners to build collaborative
networks and engage in public policy work. Nixon works with students from
multiple disciplines and midwives, promoting unity, inclusivity, and
appreciating diversity within midwifery. In June 2011, she attended her first
ICM Congress in Durban, South Africa.
Question: What is the role of ACNM leadership in implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) report,The Future of Nursing?
Buoyed by national policy and recommendations such as the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the IOM report The Future of Nursing, midwives (particularly CNMs) are extremely
well-positioned. The immediate future of US midwifery is so bright because
health care industry leaders have recognized that midwives are the solution to
so many of our maternity system problems. Midwives understand that society
reaps considerable health benefits as well as savings through judicious use of
health care resources. Having recently witnessed the global midwifery movement
during the International Confederation of
congress in Durban, I have been inspired to see that midwives are
recognized worldwide for leadership in health care—that is, in direct patient
care as well as in strategic planning. During this era of reform, we must seize
our opportunity to build the models for midwife-led care in the US. Although we
lack the sheer numbers of midwives in the US now to meet the potential demand
at this moment, I am determined to develop our workforce.
The role of ACNM leadership in implementing reform is to spot
opportunities for midwifery to shine as they arise. We need leaders
with an impeccable sense of timing. We need leaders who think and act
strategically. We need leaders who understand entrepreneurship. We need leaders who engage in
midwife-friendly policymaking. We need leaders who can better leverage the CM
credential. We need leaders who appreciate the diversity within midwifery,
building bridges and organizing with solidarity. We need leaders who motivate
consumers to be our key messengers. We need leaders who have tried and failed,
then tried again. We need leaders with talent as well as skill. We need leaders
who can recruit and mentor the next generation of talent and skill. We need
leaders with courage, as it is often dangerous to have the solution when the
established authorities have it wrong. We need leaders who unflinchingly
promote midwifery as the gold standard.
challenge for the Nominating Committee is to find and recruit these leaders, a
full slate of good candidates for the membership to elect, and to scout for
their successors. My contribution is a growing network of advisors, associates,
and mentors, plus a vision for leadership of that caliber. We must discover,
recognize, and reveal that potential among us. We must find that spark!