Making the transition: A focus group study which explores third year student and newly qualified midwives' perceptions and experiences of becoming a registrant midwife.

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Wier, Jacqueline and Lake, Kay 2022. Making the transition: A focus group study which explores third year student and newly qualified midwives' perceptions and experiences of becoming a registrant midwife. Midwifery. 111, p. 103377. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2022.103377
AuthorsWier, Jacqueline and Lake, Kay
Abstractto explore the perceptions and experiences of becoming a newly qualified midwifery practitioner. focus group methodology. South East England. 8 newly qualified midwives (NMQ's) and 8 third year student midwives participated in the focus groups. Some of the participants raised concerns about the emotional challenge of making the transition from senior student to newly qualified midwife, including the impact of their own and others' expectations and the support that was available to them. The participants felt that the process of moving from student midwife to newly qualified midwife presented opportunities and challenges. Whilst the participants had looked or were looking forward to becoming a midwife, they also recognised that this process had the potential to be stressful. Both the newly qualified midwives and senior students who participated in the study identified that having effective support from more senior staff and from peers would enable newly qualified midwives to have increased confidence when providing quality care to pregnant women. Effective support strategies need to be developed in order to support the transition from student to newly qualified midwife. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2022. Published by Elsevier Ltd.]
KeywordsStudent; Focus group; Midwife; Transition; Experiences
Year2022
JournalMidwifery
Journal citation111, p. 103377
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1532-3099
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2022.103377
Official URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613822001292
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Online14 May 2022
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Accepted13 May 2022
Deposited08 Jun 2022
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