Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1/2283
Title: Hospital-based assistant in Midwifery role for undergraduate midwifery students: A survey exploration
Authors: Burns, Elaine;Triandafilidis, Zoi ;Hargreaves, Amy;Keedle, Hazel;Hitchick, Meg;Campbell, Oceane;Elmir, Rakime
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: Jul-2022
Source: 110, 103319
Journal title: Midwifery
Department: Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care
Abstract: Problem: Little is known about the experiences of undergraduate midwifery students employed as Assistants in Midwifery (AIM) in Australia. Background: Assistants in Nursing have been embedded in the Australian health system for many years, but the AIM role is relatively new. Undergraduate Bachelor of Midwifery students, in second or third year, can gain employment as an AIM at hospital maternity units. Little is known about the scope of practice for these roles and the experiences of AIM. Aim: This study aimed to explore the experiences and scope of practice of AIM in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, over the last five years. Methods: A Qualtrics online survey enabled collection of quantitative and qualitative data from 128 respondents in late 2019. This was accompanied with the analysis of position descriptions for all AIM jobs advertised between September 2019 and February 2020. Findings: Analysis of AIM position descriptions reflected nursing language rather than midwifery. Survey responses demonstrated ambiguity about the AIM scope of practice and the appropriate level of supervision required to perform the role. Qualitative data revealed the many benefits of the role for midwifery students. Discussion: Opportunities to participate in midwifery assistant work enhances student confidence and improves job readiness. However, a clearly defined scope of practice is one of the most important components of any employment model for undergraduate students. Clarification of the role and scope of practice of the AIM role is long overdue. There is ongoing need for advocacy to ensure that students working as AIM are employed to carry out midwifery activities and are supervised by midwives. Conclusion: This project provides insight into the advantages and disadvantages of working as an AIM whilst studying for a Bachelor of Midwifery degree. While the AIM position reaps many rewards for students, appropriate supervision in the workplace requires availability of adequate numbers of employed registered midwives. Keywords: Employment; Hospital; Maternity; Midwifery; Skill mix; Student; Workforce.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/1/2283
DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2022.103319
Pubmed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35525021/
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Nursing
Midwifery
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