Midwifery students are a vital part of our future workforce.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Health, commissioned
Exploring Student Midwives Experience (ESME) to explore how we could improve the experience of student midwives and the staff that support them.
ESME found that student midwives flourish in a supportive learning environment. It also gave us insight into the positive behaviour and experiences that help to create that environment.
Both student and registered midwives were asked how the student midwife experience could be improved.
Researchers also worked with
Essentials of Care Coordinators (co-inquirers) in each of the LHDs to develop an experience-based understanding of being a student midwife.
ESME was an extensive collaboration between NSW Health and:
The ESME study was done using appreciative inquiry (AI) which is a strength-based method of developing practice.
Approximately 100 student and registered midwives from NSW discussed what was working well in their units in relation to learning, and how these could be built on to improve the experiences of student and registered midwives.
A model of co-creation was in place to guide the development of resources to assist in understanding the experiences of staff.
The study followed the Appreciative Action Research Cycle that was developed by Professor Belinda Dewar as displayed below:
Essentials of Care Coordinators.