Students in practice: The role of the student support midwife
The Nursing and Midwifery Council's
Previous articles in this series have discussed strategies to support student midwives in training from the academic's perspective, covering topics such as the importance of building students' resilience (Power, 2016a); the potential impact of introducing the role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) into the university setting (Power and Thomas, 2018); ‘survival guides’ for assessments, theory and practice (Power, 2015a; 2015b; Power and Murray, 2017;) and how to prepare for interview (Power and Briody, 2016b). What has yet to be considered is the support that students receive in the clinical area, which makes up no less than 50% of the course (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2009) and which has equal importance in terms of student retention, student satisfaction and quality of care. This article will discuss how one Trust has introduced the enhanced role of student support midwife to coordinate student placements, and will consider its effect on the student experience.
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