Student midwives' views of caseloading: The BUMP study

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Authors: Rawnson, S., Brown, S., Wilkins, C. and Leamon, J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/12004/

Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Volume: 17

Pages: 484-489

ISSN: 0969-4900

In 2007 the Nursing and Midwifery Council recommended that across the UK all pre-registration, undergraduate student midwives should, as part of their education, have the opportunity to experience continuity of care through caseloading practice. This article reports on a qualitative exploration of student midwives’ views of caseloading a known group of women, which formed part of a larger action research project through Bournemouth University’s pre-registration, undergraduate midwifery programme. Analysis of the caseloading data revealed four themes: preparation to undertake a caseload; knowing your mentor; tri-partite meetings; and relevance of caseloading to their learning in becoming midwives. Caseloading was identified by the students as being a highly valuable learning experience. Attitudes of the midwife mentor and link tutor were seen as important and impacted on student confidence in preparing for, and learning from, their caseloading experience. Findings of this study highlight the importance of developing a shared understanding and commitment to agreed support mechanisms, which sustains and enriches the experience of the student through their caseloading.

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Authors: Rawnson, S., Brown, S., Wilkins, C. and Leamon, J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/12004/

Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Volume: 17

Issue: 8

Pages: 484-489

ISSN: 0969-4900

DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2009.17.8.43640

In 2007 the Nursing and Midwifery Council recommended that across the UK all pre-registration, undergraduate student midwives should, as part of their education, have the opportunity to experience continuity of care through caseloading practice. This article reports on a qualitative exploration of student midwives' views of caseloading a known group of women, which formed part of a larger action research project through Bournemouth University's pre-registration, undergraduate midwifery programme. Analysis of the caseloading data revealed four themes: preparation to undertake a caseload; knowing your mentor; tri-partite meetings; and relevance of caseloading to their learning in becoming midwives. Caseloading was Identified by the students as being a highly valuable learning experience. Attitudes of the midwife mentor and link tutor were seen as Important and impacted on student confidence in preparing for, and learning from, their caseloading experience. Findings of this study highlight the importance of developing a shared understanding and commitment to agreed support mechanisms, which sustains and enriches the experience of the student through their caseloading.

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