Learning throughout the storm
Newly qualified midwives highlight the lessons they learnt during their final year of training during the global pandemic
The devastation and distress caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic has been immeasurable. Its impact on an already overstretched and under-resourced NHS and its staff is unprecedented. During the past year, health and care staff have found themselves working tirelessly under increasing pressure to meet the changing requirements for healthcare delivery and education amidst the impact of COVID-19.
Thousands of staff returned to the NHS, or were fast tracked into posts, in response to the crisis (Anandaciva, 2021) and the introduction of the Nursing Midwifery Council (2021) emergency standards enabled final year nursing and midwifery students to undertake extended placements to support the NHS workforce. Many higher education institutions offered students the options of working full-time in practice to help support service needs with online learning continued through virtual classrooms, while those students unable to work in practice moved exclusively to online learning.
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