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Concerns among first year midwifery students: Towards addressing attrition rates

Carolan, Mary and Kruger, Gina (2011) Concerns among first year midwifery students: Towards addressing attrition rates. Contemporary Nurse, 38 (1-2). pp. 139-147. ISSN 1037-6178

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Abstract

Since 2000, there has been a shift to undergraduate midwifery education in Australia. Midwifery students are generally highly motivated, however attrition rates remain high among first-year students. This study was undertaken in one Australian University against a background of high course demand and high student attrition. Thirty-two first-year midwifery students completed a demographic questionnaire and wrote a reflection in response to the question: What if anything, would make your experience as a first year student better? Data were subjected to thematic content analysis. Findings indicated a need for: greater opportunities to prepare; for more time to study; for greater student supports; and outlined difficulties such as financial and childcare. In conclusion, undergraduate midwifery courses and local conditions vary among institutions. Student feedback is a useful way of identifying local concerns that may impact on student completion rates. This is a necessary first step to the provision of meaningful student support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22813, midwifery students, attrition, student concerns, undergraduate, nursing
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 03:01
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 05:00
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7884
DOI: 10.5172/conu.2011.38.1-2.139
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