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Are you packing? The use of placement packs to enhance learning in practice / Susie Moore

British Journal of Midwifery, Volume: 21, Issue: 6

Swansea University Author: Susie Moore

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The lived experience of attending a new clinical placement can provoke anxiety for many student midwives and, if left unresolved, there is evidence that this can inhibit effective learning. Mentors are often extremely busy with several competing demands and the needs of a new student may not be view...

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Published in: British Journal of Midwifery
Published: 2013
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa15164
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Abstract: The lived experience of attending a new clinical placement can provoke anxiety for many student midwives and, if left unresolved, there is evidence that this can inhibit effective learning. Mentors are often extremely busy with several competing demands and the needs of a new student may not be viewed as a priority. Additionally many students perceive their mentors to be overburdened practitioners and are conscious of the time it takes to be orientated to a new environment. This article presents the introduction of placement learning packs to enhance the experience of new students on placement as well as to assist midwives in their role as mentors. The effectiveness of the resource was evaluated by means of a questionnaire. The findings suggest that when used effectively the learning packs can be an invaluable resource for the eager to learn student midwife and her busy mentor in practice.
Keywords: placement, learning, mentors, anxiety, independence, midwife, student
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 6
End Page: 433