Undergraduate midwifery students' sense of belongingness in clinical practice

McKenna, Lisa, Gilmour, Carole, Biro, Mary Anne, McIntyre, Meredith, Bailey, Carolyn, Jones, Janet, Miles, Maureen, Hall, Helen and McLelland, Gayle 2013, Undergraduate midwifery students' sense of belongingness in clinical practice, Nurse education today, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 880-883, doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.09.009.

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Title Undergraduate midwifery students' sense of belongingness in clinical practice
Author(s) McKenna, Lisa
Gilmour, Carole
Biro, Mary Anne
McIntyre, Meredith
Bailey, Carolyn
Jones, Janet
Miles, Maureen
Hall, Helen
McLelland, Gayle
Journal name Nurse education today
Volume number 33
Issue number 8
Start page 880
End page 883
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1532-2793
Keyword(s) Belongingness
Midwifery student
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education, Scientific Disciplines
Education & Educational Research
Summary BACKGROUND: Clinical placements form a large and integral part of midwifery education. While much has been written about nursing students' clinical placements, less is known about clinical experiences of undergraduate midwifery students. In nursing, belongingness has been demonstrated to be a key factor in clinical learning but little is known about this in midwifery education. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine undergraduate midwifery students' sense of belongingness in their clinical practice. DESIGN: A quantitative design using an online questionnaire was employed. A tool adapted by Levett-Jones (2009a), and previously used with nursing students, was utilised to examine sense of belonging in undergraduate midwifery students. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty undergraduate midwifery students from two campuses at one Australian university participated in the study. Students were drawn from a single Bachelor of Midwifery degree and a double Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery degree. METHODS: On completion of a scheduled lecture, students were invited by one of the researchers to participate in the study by completing the online questionnaire and the link provided. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Midwifery students generally reported similar perceptions of belongingness with previous studies on nursing students. However, a few differences were noted that require further exploration to fully understand. CONCLUSIONS: Midwifery students experienced a sense of belonging in their clinical placements. The findings contribute to understandings of the experiences for midwifery students and provide a foundation on which to develop future clinical placement experiences.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.09.009
Field of Research 111006 Midwifery
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Elsevier
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