I am a registered staff nurse who prior to commencing my midwifery training was working on a surgical ward facilitating pre and postoperative care for critically and chronically ill patients. I was fortunate that during my nursing training I had an opportunity to be assigned practice placement with the community midwives and visit the labour ward. After this learning experience I was able to make a decision to undertake midwifery training after completing the required period of post registration experience. While with the community midwife I attended antenatal clinics where I practiced midwifery skills, namely palpation and auscultation with a Pinard’s stethoscope and enhanced my communication skills. Unfortunately I was unable to hear anything through a Pinard’s stethoscope and so when I made a decision to pursue midwifery tr...
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... ensure that I practiced my communication, palpation and auscultation skills. I would ensure that I showed confidence when dealing with the women as lack of confidence may make the women anxious as they rely on the midwifery service to provide them the best possible care. I will continue to build on the knowledge and skill provided by my mentor Lucy namely communication, palpations and auscultation, as they are the major skills required to be a competent practitioner. I believe that in future this incident will have a great impact on the care I provide, as should any of the things that came up reappear I will be able to act upon appropriately. As a result of this incident I went home and carried out research on antenatal care and the routine for abdominal examinations. This was aimed at ensuring that I enhanced my knowledge base to allow me to cope effectively.
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