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Creating good habits: making reflection the norm

02 June 2019
6 min read
Volume 27 · Issue 6

Abstract

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) states that midwives should reflect on their practice in order to highlight areas where changes might lead to improvements in future. The NMC Code also states that midwives must be aware of, and mitigate as far as possible, any potential harm associated with practice. The importance of reflection cannot be underestimated in relation to providing high quality, safe and effective care in line with the standards expected by the NMC, employers and service users. A previous article in this series discussed an innovative e-module supporting student midwives' employability, social awareness and preparedness for professional practice on qualification. This article will review the e-module through a different lens: that of the student. Alice will share her experiences from the student's perspective of how she feels engagement with this module will impact on her employment opportunities and future practice.

A previous article in this series (Power et al, 2018) discussed ‘Becoming a midwife’, an innovative e-module that was introduced at the University of Northampton to support student midwives' employability, social awareness and preparedness for professional practice on qualification. The e-module encouraged students to reflect on the knowledge and understanding gained through the module's ‘e-tivities’, supported by the Changemaker Hub (Box 1). Students were asked to consider how employability skills, attitudes and behaviours were enhanced in preparation for preceptorship applications by reflecting on personal and peer performance when creating a CV, devising a Changemaker Project and in a simulated interview situation, while considering the professional, legal and ethical issues relating to practice.

The Changemaker Hub introduces the changing world of work and prepares students for life after University by creating space for students to explore social innovation, gain valuable work experience and meet employers.

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