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How to enhance strategies for mentoring student midwives

Midwifery studentsIn a recent study, Acting Dean Dr Val Collington and former lecturer Gina Finnerty aimed to explore some of the strategies used by midwife mentors to pass on essential hands-on skills to students. The researchers asked student midwives to complete audio-diaries over ten days in practice. In these the students described how their mentors apparently successfully tailored their teaching to their needs. However, they thought that individual mentors used different techniques to pass on their practice know-how.