2010

I have been 100% committed to working with midwifery students, and even when I had a small caseload as a lecturer, I had students follow-through with every woman. And whilst I am not working with midwifery students in the clinical setting at the moment, I am still working on education resources for them eg the virtual birthing unit.



I am presenting the findings from the virtual birth unit project at several conferences this year, and continue to collaborate with midwifery educators from USA and UK, as well as the Otago University Medical School.

Turanga Kaupapa
The midwife is the key person with a clear role, with the goal of healthy birthing outcomes by sharing with the woman and her whanau.


2006

Most the women in my care have midwifery students. This is a challenge because of the potential for tension between my role as lecturer and midwife. However, I have had the pleasure of working with some great students, and it is an enormous joy to see them grow and develop into knowledgeable and skilled practitioners. Unfortunately one of the students I worked with last summer decided not to continue in the program. I know in my head (because she told me) that it was nothing to do with me. But I do worry that I asked too much of her because we were quite busy, and she had to cope with me being disabled with my bad back. I have thought about how I support students and I pride myself that I do a good job with giving students opportunities to learn although I find it hard to sit on my hands and shut my mouth. I try to give opportunities to feedback to me any problems and discuss my practice.

I am hugely looking forward to carrying out my PhD research and developing an email mentoring system for new graduates – that gets going later this year. I am hoping to get a scholarship and go part time at OP. I continue to collaborate with NZCOM in their developing of a mentoring framework.

2004

Most the women in my care have midwifery students. This is a challenge because of the potential for tension between my role as lecturer and midwife. However, I have had the pleasure of working with some great students, and it is a enormous joy to see them grow and develop into knowledgeable and skilled practitioners. I hope I manage to convey the pleasure and satisfaction I receive from my work with women.

I am hugely looking forward to carrying out my PhD research and surveying midwives about their opinions and experience of mentorship. This work is in collaboration with NZCOM. It will lead on to the evaluation of a mentorship program, which will be a comparison of traditional mentoring with an online system which I will develop.