Dual degree destinations: Nursing or Midwifery?

Yates, Karen, Birks, Melanie, Coxhead, Helen, and Zhao, Lin (2017) Dual degree destinations: Nursing or Midwifery? Women and Birth, 30 (Supplement 1). Q46. p. 23.

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Midwifery bodies have expressed concern that the competing ideologies of nursing science, which is closer to a medical model of care, and of midwifery can be confusing for students and counterproductive to their education as effective midwives. Proponents of dual nursing and midwifery degrees, however, argue that there is a need in rural and regional areas of Australia for graduate nurses and midwives who understand both of these ideologies and ways of working and are able to apply them both, in context, to practice in rural and regional areas. Until midwifery led model of care options become more readily accessible in rural areas, this dual nursing/midwifery qualification serves these areas well. Anecdotally, students enrolled in this dual degree appear to be focussed on careers as midwives.

This study is uses a cross-sectional survey design to survey students enrolled in years one and four of two different four year dual nursing and midwifery degrees to ascertain preferences for practice area at these two stages of the course and graduates of the program at 12-36 months post-graduation to ascertain place/field of employment at this time frame. Cross sectional survey design allows data to be collected from different cohorts at varying times on the student and graduate trajectory at the same time. HREC approval is in place.

Data will be downloaded and subjected to simple descriptive analyses using SPSS. Responses from each cohort will be compared to ascertain differences between proposed career trajectories of each of the student cohorts against actual positions of the graduate cohort.

This study aims to provide a better understanding of students' motivations and intentions in studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery dual degree. This information is useful when considering implications for the nursing and midwifery workforces, particularly in relation to the issue of maldistribution.

Item ID: 51474
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1878-1799
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Presented at the Australian College of Midwives 20th National Conference, 30 October - 2 November 2017, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 01:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment @ 50%
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