Supporting the next generation
In the year of the nurse and midwife, Rosie Ladkin explores how qualified midwives can better support their student counterparts
As student midwives, we all come across a real variety of cases. It is, arguably, the sole purpose of our large number of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-stipulated placement hours; to experience as much as possible and learn from it. However, I firmly believe that what you get from each placement is not so heavily based on the cases you come across, but is rather affected by the mentors you work with.
A good mentoring experience can make a placement. Not just from the enjoyment of it, but also from how much you get out of the experience and how much you learn from it. My first-ever placement as a student midwife was six weeks on community and I absolutely loved it! Yes, I enjoyed the clinics themselves, and even managed to witness a home birth, but I'm convinced that my enjoyment and the amount I learnt in such a relatively short time on that placement was down to my mentors.
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