Nursing and Midwifery Careers Snapshot
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Nursing and Midwifery Careers Snapshot

Danni Boyd-Turner (Nurse Educator): Here at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital we’ve got a great working relationship with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UniSA. This relationship has been going on for a number of years. It’s a great relationship and one that will continue into the future. Marie Bentley (UniSA Midwifery graduate): The clinical placements, when you come out for the first time and you come into the workplace, all of a sudden it becomes ‘I can do this’ ‘this is real, I’m really enjoying this, this is what I wanted This is what it’s about.’ Christina Welsby (Midwifery Educator): Well a hospital system is a rather complex beast I think. It can be quite overwhelming for people who step into it for the first time. Sometimes it is a little baptism by fire I suppose. It helps the students to build that resilience that they’re going to need to take them through the rest of their course and into their professional career. We have structured education sessions once a week as well as group debriefing sessions, in the debriefing sessions the students come together. It’s all very confidential but they get a chance to learn from their fellow students, with the facilitation input. Konnie Rapassanis (UniSA Nursing & Midwifery graduate): I found it was such a great experience because you could voice things, like maybe you thought you weren’t coping with something or maybe you felt like you didn’t know what you were doing. It was in a safe place that you could do it and it was also good to be able to hear other students and other people around you who were maybe feeling the same way and it was a good place to sort of debrief on things that had happened or things that you had seen but you weren’t quite sure how to cope with them so it was a great support. As you go through the time that you’re here on placement, you build your confidence up. You come away with a huge amount of knowledge and you become better in the workplace as a practitioner. I think it just gives you that sense of, what it is to be a nurse, or what it is to be a midwife. It definitely made me feel like I was ready when I did graduate and when I finished. I did feel like I was clinically ready to take that responsibility within my career.

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