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The good midwife: commencing students’ views

Carolan, Mary (2011) The good midwife: commencing students’ views. Midwifery, 27 (4). pp. 503-508. ISSN 0266-6138

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Objective: to explore commencing students’ views of the good midwife. This study was set against a background of high course attrition and concerns that discordant students’ views of midwifery practice may have been associated with course attrition. Design: qualitative thematic analysis. Setting: Melbourne, Australia. Participants: all commencing midwifery students, in 2008, were invited to participate (n=41). Measurements and findings students spoke of a series of key attributes they felt were important to the role of the midwife. Most fell into the affective domain and four themes were identified: personal qualities and attitudes; a belief in women and natural birth; compatible work ethic; and the possession of additional attributes. Key conclusions and implications for practice commencing students showed a clear understanding of the affective attributes required of a good midwife but a lesser understanding of requirements of knowledge and competence. A small number of students felt that they were already equipped to advise pregnant women, despite their early stage in the course. This is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: midwifery, students, good midwife, attributes
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 03:54
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15891
DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2010.03.012
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