A literature review exploring student midwives' experiences of continuity of mentorship on the labour ward

Hallam, E and Choucri, LP 2019, 'A literature review exploring student midwives' experiences of continuity of mentorship on the labour ward' , British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (2) , pp. 115-119.

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Abstract

Background: Continuity of mentorship is central to students' clinical placement experience. Despite a plethora of studies investigating student-mentor relationships and how it affects grading, limited attention has been paid to the extent to which a lack of continuity of mentorship affects placement experience.

Aims: To explore the importance of mentor continuity on labour ward for pre-registration midwifery students.

Methods: A database search was conducted using the terms: ‘student midwives’, ‘continuity’, ‘mentor’, ‘preceptor’, ‘mentorship’, ‘labour ward’, ‘delivery suite’ and ‘experiences.’

Findings: Continuity of mentorship enhances learning and improves clinical practice experience.

Conclusions: A lack of continuity affects all aspects of student midwives’ experiences of the labour ward. Good mentor practice should focus on continuity and the introduction of co-mentoring, where a student is mentored by at least 2 midwives, in order to reduce the strain on mentors while retaining the feeling of belonging that student midwives value.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maternity and Midwifery
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 2052-4307
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 08:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50081

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