Enabling New Graduate Midwives to Manage Emergencies Confidently: A Pilot Study

Fergusson, Lindsay and Shahtahmasebi, Said (2014) Enabling New Graduate Midwives to Manage Emergencies Confidently: A Pilot Study. Dynamics of Human Health, 1 (2).

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This project aims to develop the confidence of new graduate midwives in the management of midwifery emergencies during their first year as midwives. It is postulated that application of theoretical knowledge to experiential learning in simulated emergencies will prepare students for clinical practice as registered midwives. That is, perceived theoretical knowledge will translate into objective confidence when a midwifery emergency is encountered. Method: The intervention links theory to practice through simulated real life emergencies incorporating the application of theoretical knowledge prior to Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). The simulation workshops and OSCEs addressed a ‘worst case’ scenario when the midwife is working in a rural primary birthing unit setting, with an unpredictable ambulance availability and one midwife assistant. A simulation workshop was delivered one month prior to the OSCEs within a three phase before-after study design; that is, students were surveyed before the workshop, immediately after the workshop and three months post OSCEs. Within this design students are their own control in order to detect changes in perceptions of their knowledge and confidence. Twenty students completing their final clinical paper in the Wintec Bachelor of Midwifery programme consented to participate in this three stage design tool with the same baseline questionnaire used for all three phases. Results: Students’ theoretical knowledge was generally good and improved following the workshop. Most importantly, results suggest theoretical knowledge applied within practical settings will translate perceived (subjective) confidence into objective confidence. Conclusion: It is plausible that midwifery educational interventions which link experiential learning in a simulated setting to practise theory reinforces learning and improves confidence in midwife graduates. As a result, a major longitudinal project to replicate the results of this survey commenced in 2013.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:OSCE, Midwifery Emergency Management, Student Midwives, Simulation Teaching, New Zealand Undergraduate Midwifery Assessments
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:3226
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Deposited On:06 Jul 2014 21:14
Last Modified:06 Jul 2014 21:14

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