An Interview With Megan Arbour: Former Lead Nurse Planner

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Megan Arbour is a certified nurse-midwife, Associate Professor of Nursing at Frontier Nursing University, and former Lead Nurse Planner for Premiere Education. We sat down with Megan when she was our Lead Nurse Planner to talk about her role, as well as her experience as a certified nurse-midwife and professional educator. 

Premiere Education: How did you get connected with us?

Megan Arbour: I met the founder of Premiere Education in grad school, and we connected again. I have my Certified Nurse Educator credential and I’m familiar with the nursing accreditation process, so she brought me on board to help get things ramped up for health care continuing education. 

Premiere Education: What do you do?

Megan Arbour: My role at the company is Lead Nurse Planner, and I partner with clinician content experts around the country to develop high-quality continuing education content that is useful and practical for our customers.

Premiere Education: What do you enjoy most about working with industry experts to develop content?

Megan Arbour: As an academic nurse, and academic nurse-midwife, this role is very similar for developing content for a diverse online audience. It’s fun working with content experts who are expert clinicians, or who are used to brick-and-mortar, face-to-face teaching, and translating that into presentations for an enduring asynchronous crowd.

Premiere Education: You’re a clinician and an educator yourself. Could you explain a little bit about what a midwife is and what you teach?

Megan Arbour: There are various types of midwives in the United States. Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives have to have at least a master’s degree in preparation, and they are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

We are housed in schools and colleges of nursing as well as other institutions. Certified Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives take care of women across the lifespan, from puberty through old age. We offer a full range of gynecological and normal pregnancy care, focusing on prioritizing normal care. We are experts in normalcy and are able to recognize deviations from normal.

Premiere Education: Would you say a midwife is a healthcare liaison for women? 

Megan Arbour: I would say we’re more than a liaison. We focus on the wellness of the human and the whole human, as opposed to just the disease process that’s happening in one organ or system at a time. 

As an academic nurse-midwife, I use the philosophy of midwifery to care for my students. I meet them where they are, I identify—and work with them to identify—what their needs are, and then we create experiences to help them go where they need to go.

Premiere Education: Could you give us an example?

Megan Arbour:

In teaching, students may have different learning needs or situational demands. [It’s important to be] empathetic with the student, and work under the assumption that, just as every mother is doing their best to care for their children, every student is doing their best to be successful with the resources they have. So how can I help you to be successful? And what can I do to support you in your success?

Premiere Education: How did you get into midwifery?

Megan Arbour: My brother was born in Scotland with midwives, and my mom relays that as a beautiful experience. But I always felt the calling to midwifery. I think a lot of people go into midwifery because—[speaking] as a faculty member talking to a lot of students who pursue midwifery—they feel it inside them. It’s a calling. It’s a passion.

I enjoy teaching nursing and midwifery and it works really well for me and my family structure. At Premiere Education, teaching is my jam, and I enjoy tapping my network to bring in people to come teach for us, and collaborate with them to make the best content. 

Premiere Education: That’s wonderful. It sounds like Premiere Education has been a great fit. What do you enjoy most?

Megan Arbour: I love the creativity involved in the role. It’s a fun way to use my brain! I’m involved with the strategic planning of the organization, trying to meet the needs of our customers, and providing high-quality continuing education, because we all have to do it so let’s do it in a way that is not painful!

Premiere Education: Agreed 100%—thank you for sitting down to talk today!

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