New nurses urged to consider their training experiences
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Due to the growing interest in natural birth, nurse-midwives have increasingly become a popular choice for mothers-to-be. In recent years, there have been more positions for nurse-midwives than there have been professionals to fill them. Nurse-midwives are also more cost effective.
The cost of midwifery care is substantially less than what it costs to be followed by an obstetrician or gynecologist. The economic advantage of using a nurse-midwife makes them an attractive option for insurers and health maintenance organizations as well. More on becoming a nurse midwife here.
Some studies have indicated natural childbirth is more healthful for mother and child than doctor-assisted childbirth. The supportive environment nurse-midwives provide make natural childbirth a feasible undertaking for women in labor. Nurse-midwives also welcome the participation of the entire family in prenatal care and labor. This pro-family approach attracts women of multiple children to select a nurse-midwife for prenatal care, labor and delivery.
Nurses have been urged to consider their training experiences, in terms of the areas they did work in while undertaking this.
“It’s important to look at the areas in which you worked during your training, and think about where you feel that you have gained insight and areas where you have been challenged,” head of nursing at Unison Gail Adams advised.
She said that, for new nurses, putting in planning for a career and having an awareness of their ongoing development as a professional towards the start of their time in the job was “the best way to move forward”.
“Some nurses may choose to pursue a career in community nursing, for instance and others may prefer working amongst colleagues in an acute setting. Within all these areas there are opportunities for career development,” she said.
Ms Adams has called nursing “fantastic” as well as “tough” as a profession, while health insurance holders may well have their own thoughts on the job.
“Nursing is a fantastic job – diverse, interesting and satisfying. But it can also be incredibly tough – physically, emotionally and mentally demanding,” she advised.
When they are making the move between being a student nurse and a working nurse, she said, people ought to have nurture and support, working in places that allow them to gain the necessary confidence as well as practical skills for doing well in the profession.
Because of this, she said, those who have just become nurses ought to be careful in choosing a debut job.
“Take up your first job in an environment where you feel confident that you will get the help and support you need,” she recommended.
The Association of Radical Midwives’ Sarah Montagu recently picked out some of the attributes that would make someone suitable for being a midwife, including people skills….
- Nurse and midwife total falls 6000 – MSN News UK
- Chance to develop nursing research career – Nursing Times
- Nursing schools struggle to keep up with demand – Tuscaloosa News
- We’ve all read about bad nurses – let’s hear it for the good ones – The Guardian (blog)
Originally posted 2012-09-27 10:18:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter