From graduation to practice
What happens after graduation? What happens during the first week on the job? Midwife Anna Marsh answers these questions
After three years of midwifery training, it can feel both exciting and terr ifying to start your first job as a qualified midwife. Whether you've chosen to stay at the trust in which you trained or moved further afield to new lands, preceptor midwives are united in their quest to find their feet in the new world of qualified midwifery. Your first week can seem like a really daunting hurdle between you and your future career but there really is no need to be afraid.
At the start of any new job, you're more than likely going to do a few days of induction with your trust. This usually includes at least a day of trust-wide new starters, meaning that you could sit next to all sorts of healthcare professionals who are all in the same boat as you. During this time, you're likely to be welcomed by key members of the trust team and have introductory talks to important things such as fire safety. After this, you will probably have a more specific induction day to maternity services which can involve all host of things. However, there is nothing to be afraid of and there will be a good introduction to the new policies and guidelines you'll be working with.
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