What Is The Nursing And Midwifery Council Nursing Essay
I wish to enter a career as midwife. I have undertaken extensive research into midwifery, particularly into the options available for gaining qualifications. I am currently undertaking an Access to HE Diploma in Midwifery as this will give me a strong stepping stone towards gaining a place at university. I understand that the three years at university, which includes 50% on-the-job training, will be extremely challenging and hard work. There will be times when I am regularly out of my comfort zone and experiencing new things, however with this comes successes both academically as well as emotionally, such as supporting women throughout the pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods. Midwives are responsible for providing information, advice and support to mothers and their partners/families and for the care of women and their baby before and after birth.
As a midwife, there are options to work in hospitals, health units, in the community or at home. This can be either independently or with the NHS.
Write up your research showing that you have considered:
What you have to do to enter the profession
To become a midwife, the only avenue is to complete a degree at university (three years) or if already a qualified nurse, a postgraduate diploma (18 months). Both options are split 50/50 between theory and practical training, providing the skills and training to then go on to practice as a qualified midwife
Midwifery is an extremely sought after degree, leading to a very competitive employment field. I will constantly prove that I am deserving of a place at university, working to an extremely high standard for both the theory and practical sides of my training, preparing me for the role as a qualified midwife.
What are the positives of entering the profession? Include any skills or experiences you have that will help you.
A distinct positive of becoming a midwife is being able to work with women at one of the most important times of their lives, ensuring they are able to make an informed decision about the birth they want and their care. A career in midwifery provides ongoing learning opportunities due to new procedures and techniques as well as the variation of working alongside people from different areas within the health sector and at varying levels.
A midwife assists in making women feel empowered throughout the birth process and ensures they and their baby receive care appropriate to their needs in the prenatal, birthing and postnatal periods. With my excellent communication and personable skills, I will be able to work with mothers and their families to provide information, support and advice and to ensure that any concerns or worries they have, as well as any desires for the birth are addressed and managed. These skills will also allow me to work alongside colleagues to provide continuity of care.
Are there any negatives that could arise during a career in midwifery and how will you deal with them?
A personal negative for me during the educational period before qualifying as a midwife would be a poor mark received in assessments when full effort had been put into the work. I would request feedback from my tutor/mentor as to what was lacking, how things could be improved for future assessments and learn from this.
Both in the educational period as well as after becoming qualified, there may be difficult situations such as where a couple has a stillborn child. In this situation, I would try to remain composed in front of the family and focus on supporting them, providing as much information as possible and being sensitive and thoughtful throughout the grieving process. Afterwards, I would debrief with my manager and/or co-worker as I feel this is important to process what can be a very emotional situation, especially the first time it is experienced.
Another difficult situation that may arise is when a child is born with a defect or disability. My approach to this would again be to act professionally in front of the family. I would ensure that they are provided with as much information as possible and keep them informed with any surgeries/treatments that may be required for their baby. I would try to assist the family to understand the ‘medical speak’ which at such a time may be confusing and incomprehensible, providing support and any other assistance they may require.
How do you write a successful application?
I am currently completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Midwifery through distance education. This is enabling me to refresh my Maths and English skills, particularly essay writing. I will also be completing various Biology units which will provide me with more confidence in this area and help prepare for further science-based units at university.
In Australia, I completed an Advanced Diploma in Photography, as well as my Year 12 Certificate (A Level equivalent) and Year 10 Certificate (GCSE equivalent).
Through my assistant/administrative roles I have gained experience supporting senior members of staff with varying work styles and from different backgrounds. I have the skills and ability to
multi-task, manage complex diaries, assess competing priorities and complete tasks within tight deadlines.
Within my customer service roles I was able to build a good foundation for my excellent communications skills, dealing with people on a day-to-day basis, continually improving organisational abilities. One of these roles also provided me with the opportunity to manage staff. Every job has an element of monotony i.e. required paperwork. Throughout my previous experiences I have completed these in an efficient manner enabling me to focus on other aspects of the job. I will ensure that this attitude and consistency is reflected in my role as a midwife.
How your life and work experiences have lead you to this point
Being able to move from Australia to the UK and travel around Europe has allowed me to tick off a major part of my life "wish list". Because of this, I have become a more mature and focussed person and I now feel ready to return to full-time study and begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in midwifery.
My work experience over the last 13 years has provided me with an extremely valuable skill set. I am able to deal with difficult situations, take myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with new tasks and experiences. I refresh and increase my communication skills on a regular basis, learning from other people as well as myself. In order to keep my mind active, in addition to completing my Access Diploma, I have completed various short courses in baking.
How your life and work experiences will benefit you in midwifery
My experiences, both professional and personal have provided me with the ability to study whilst working, managing workloads and meeting deadlines. I possess strong communication skills which are vital for a midwife to be able to build a trusting relationship with women and their families. It is also important when working in a multi-disciplinary team to ensure continuity of care.
Through my various administrative roles, I am able to demonstrate my flexibility with regards to undertaking additional tasks and responsibilities as well as working longer hours and taking additional shifts. This is important when at university as well as after becoming qualified as the role entails early, late and night shifts as well as long hours. I am extremely well organised and have the ability to prioritise tasks and complete within deadlines. I am experienced at working with people from all walks of life and am not intimidated working alongside people of varying seniority levels. These skills and abilities will assist me throughout my degree, with my theory studies at university as well as practically in the workplace.
How the Access Diploma module choices you have made will aid your application to Higher Education
The required English and Maths units have already helped me immensely by refreshing skills and knowledge that hadn’t been utilised formally for many years. The Communications unit is helping me build on my writing skills, particularly with essays. This will also be beneficial for my Biology units with the need for report writing. My main reason for choosing two science-based units was to increase my knowledge and confidence in this area before beginning university. I feel the Social Interaction unit will provide a better understanding as well as equip me with the knowledge to handle varying situations and people.
Produce a CV
Complete a UCAS form
How do you succeed at an interview?
Devise at least 10 interview questions that are specific to the course you wish to enrol on. Include generic questions; questions specific to you; and questions that test your personal position and reactions towards difficult subjects or situations you may encounter. Answer the questions fully, clearly and concisely.
Why do you want to be a midwife?
I would like to work with women and their families at one of the most important and pivotal times in their lives. The prospect of being able to work alongside different people, the variety of different shifts (in the community as well as hospitals) and the ongoing learning opportunities is something that has attracted me to this profession. I am a caring and supportive person who is a good listener and I feel with these attributes along with my skills and experience gained through previous work experience and education will make me an excellent midwife.
What are the skills/values of a midwife?
A midwife needs to be approachable, understanding and well organised. Good communication, especially listening skills, are essential to be able to educate mothers and their families, and understand any concerns or wishes they have regarding the birth. A non-judgemental attitude is needed so as all women (and families) are treated respectfully, no matter their race, sexuality, financial status etc. A midwife should be confident and have the ability to stay calm under pressure during stressful situations.
What current issues are there concerning midwifery practice?
The Government currently has plans to introduce the requirement for independent midwives to hold indemnity insurance. As this is so expensive to obtain, there is a very high probability that many independent midwives will no longer be able to practice. This will result in women only having the option of care through the NHS, decreasing continuity of care and minimising the chances of having the type of birth they want.
Another issue effecting midwives is the current pay freeze in place. Midwives will only be eligible for a 1% pay increase. This has now been increased to a three year freeze, when initially it was only due to be for two years. As there is also a shortage of midwives, there is the expectation of harder work for less pay.
What is the Nursing and Midwifery Council?
The NMC is the regulator for nurses and midwives in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Islands. They are responsible for ensuring the high standards of education and training for nurses and midwives which will ensure they are providing high quality care to mothers and families. They are also responsible for investigating and actioning any concerns or complaints raised against nurses or midwives regarding their practice.
What qualities do you have that relate to being a midwife?
I possess good communication skills, including being a good listener. This will be essential as a midwife to provide information and assistance to women and their families, listening and taking into account any worries or desires they have for the birth, remaining as flexible as possible to make the birthing experience a positive one. I am well organised and have the ability to stay calm under pressure, which will be beneficial during stressful situations, such as a complicated birth.
My organisational abilities will also help me throughout my study, successfully managing a busy workload and ensuring assessment deadlines are met. With my adaptable approach, I am able to take on new tasks, deal with changing demands and manage deadlines in a stressful situation.
Do you feel only those who are already mothers are better midwives?
No. I feel that just because a person hasn’t experienced motherhood, doesn’t mean they don’t understand it. Education and on-the-job training is provided for the technical side of being a midwife but my personal skills and the ability to empathise with others means that I would be able to support the mother throughout the birth process as well as being able to consider the feelings of the partner who is not experiencing the physical aspects of the birth but wanting to support the mother.
What are your views on home birth?
A home birth can be an extremely positive experience for the mother, her partner and the baby. The mother can feel more relaxed and comfortable in a home environment allowing her to feel more in control during labour. I would ensure that actions to be taken in an emergency situation had been discussed and agreed upon by all parties. However as long as the midwife (and doctor if necessary) has determined that the birth is not high risk, and all involved feel comfortable with a birth at home, this can often be the best option for mother and baby
How does your past employment relate to midwifery?
Through my employment I have been able to build extremely strong communication skills, both oral and written. This will be beneficial in the role of a midwife to build a trusting relationship with the women I care for, as well as their families. These skills will also be utilised when working within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective and efficient work within the team and continuity of care for mother and baby.
Within my roles in administration I have demonstrated my flexibility in terms of undertaking additional tasks and responsibilities, as well as working longer hours or taking on additional shifts if required. This is important both as a student and a qualified midwife as the role entails early, late and night shifts as well as long hours. My strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise will be extremely beneficial through my period as a student midwife to enable me to ensure assessments are completed on time and to a high standard, while maintaining a very high standard of work ethics during practical placements. These skills will then be transferred onto my role as a qualified midwife, working in a busy role and with varying work patterns.
What are your views on terminating pregnancy?
In the role of a midwife, personal opinions and feelings should be put aside. I would ensure the woman (and partner/family if applicable) have all the information to make an informed decision and provide support for any decision made by the family even if this was against my personal beliefs.
How would you cope with a stillbirth?
I would try to remain composed in front of the family, focussing on providing support for them, giving as much information as possible and being sensitive and thoughtful throughout the grieving process. Afterwards, I feel it would be beneficial to discuss the case with my manager or a colleague to be able to "grieve" in my own way and debrief with someone who understands situations like this to ensure that I would not carry any unnecessary guilt or fear into the next birth I attend.