Students' and lecturers' perceptions of support in a UK pre-registration midwifery programme.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604093
Title:
Students' and lecturers' perceptions of support in a UK pre-registration midwifery programme.
Authors:
McIntosh, Annette; Gidman, Janice; McLaughlin, Andrea
Abstract:
This paper reports on a study that explored the perceptions of students and lecturers regarding support within a pre-registration midwifery programme in one Higher Education Institution in England. A mixed method design was used: questionnaires were completed by first year and third year students and lecturers, complemented by focus groups with each of the three sets of participants. The findings showed that there are multi-focal challenges for student midwives in undertaking their programme of study. The main theme that emerged was of the difficulties involved in maintaining an appropriate work-life balance, especially within what was seen as a relatively inflexible programme structure. The value of peer support was also highlighted as a key factor in helping the students succeed in their studies. There were a number of implications for midwifery educators to consider in optimising support for students. These include ensuring that students have realistic expectations at the outset of their studies, formalising peer support mechanisms and reviewing programmes to provide more flexibility to better underpin the maintenance of an appropriate work-life balance. Further study is warranted to explore perceptions of support in practice and to identify the factors that help students to persevere in their studies.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
McIntosh, A., Gidman, J., & McLaughlin, A. (2013). Students' and lecturers' perceptions of support in a UK pre-registration midwifery programme. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(6), 578-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.01.015
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Nurse Education in Practice
Publication Date:
19-Apr-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604093
DOI:
10.1016/j.nepr.2013.01.015
Additional Links:
http://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(13)00079-6/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
1873-5223
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorMcIntosh, Annetteen
dc.contributor.authorGidman, Janiceen
dc.contributor.authorMcLaughlin, Andreaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-31T13:25:39Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-31T13:25:39Zen
dc.date.issued2013-04-19en
dc.identifier.citationMcIntosh, A., Gidman, J., & McLaughlin, A. (2013). Students' and lecturers' perceptions of support in a UK pre-registration midwifery programme. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(6), 578-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.01.015en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nepr.2013.01.015en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604093en
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on a study that explored the perceptions of students and lecturers regarding support within a pre-registration midwifery programme in one Higher Education Institution in England. A mixed method design was used: questionnaires were completed by first year and third year students and lecturers, complemented by focus groups with each of the three sets of participants. The findings showed that there are multi-focal challenges for student midwives in undertaking their programme of study. The main theme that emerged was of the difficulties involved in maintaining an appropriate work-life balance, especially within what was seen as a relatively inflexible programme structure. The value of peer support was also highlighted as a key factor in helping the students succeed in their studies. There were a number of implications for midwifery educators to consider in optimising support for students. These include ensuring that students have realistic expectations at the outset of their studies, formalising peer support mechanisms and reviewing programmes to provide more flexibility to better underpin the maintenance of an appropriate work-life balance. Further study is warranted to explore perceptions of support in practice and to identify the factors that help students to persevere in their studies.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nurseeducationinpractice.com/article/S1471-5953(13)00079-6/abstracten
dc.subjectStudent supporten
dc.titleStudents' and lecturers' perceptions of support in a UK pre-registration midwifery programme.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1873-5223en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalNurse Education in Practiceen
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