NMHS10380 Clinical Practice 1 (M)
Academic Year 2021/2022
The aim of the module is to introduce the student to clinical midwifery practice and is designed to facilitate the integration of skills, knowledge, practice and professional behaviours in the clinical setting. The student is provided with an opportunity to apply under direct supervision of a registered midwife, theory and skills previously learned in the classroom and clinical skills laboratory, to the care of the mother and fetus/infant in the antenatal, intra-partum and postnatal period. The student will participate in the physical examination of the pregnant woman and assess fetal wellbeing and also participate in the physical examination of the postnatal woman and her newborn baby.
The credit load of the module reflects the student effort hours required to achieve the learning outcomes. The module is part of the essential clinical requirements for professional midwife registration (NMBI,2016).
This module is part of the essential clinical requirements for professional registrations. The student must pass all individual clinical placements before a pass grade can be awarded for the module. The student must pass all clinical assessments & complete all clinical hours for Stage 1 of the programme before progressing to Stage 2 of the programme.
On completion of this clinical module students should be able to:
1. Discuss the role and philosophy of midwifery and its application to practice across the spectrum of midwifery
care (antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal).
2. Participate with the midwife in provision of midwifery care (under direct supervision of a registered midwife) to women in pregnancy, labour & birth, and to mothers and babies in the postnatal period
3. Incorporate professional standards of clinical practice and professional conduct.
4. Discuss basic concepts involved in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of midwifery practice.
5. Through reflection demonstrate a cognisance of their own abilities and limitations working under supervision of preceptors to address areas for improvement.
6. Begin to work as a member of the Multidisciplinary team demonstrating an awareness of the scope of midwifery and student midwife practice.
7. Begin to understand the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to organise, prioritise and co-ordinate midwifery care.
8. Demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately, with women and their families, preceptor and other members of the multidisciplinary team including verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills.
9. Begin to demonstrate the midwifery knowledge attitude and skills appropriate to year one of the programme.
Indicative Module Content:
The student will normally undertake 11 weeks of supernumerary clinical placement across the core areas of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care during Stage 1 of the programme. The placement is assessed by clinical preceptors using a clinical assessment workbook and is assessed on a pass/fail basis. 100% attendance is required in clinical placement.
Other – The student must maintain a record of their clinical experiences (every week) as outlined by EU Directive 2005/36/EC and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (2016)= NMCAT
The student will also participate in protected reflective time of a minimum of one hour per week.
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