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Professional confidence among Swedish final year midwifery students - A cross-sectional study
Mid Sweden Univ, Dept Nursing, Kunskapens Vag 8, S-83140 Ostersund, Sweden..
Indian Inst Publ Hlth Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India..
Mid Sweden Univ, Dept Nursing, Holmgatan 10, S-85230 Sundsvall, Sweden..
Umea Univ, Ostersunds Sjukhus, Inst Clin Sci, Kyrkgatan 16, S-83150 Ostersund, Sweden..
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2017 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 14, p. 69-78Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Previous international studies have shown that midwifery students do not feel confident in many areas where they are supposed to practice independently. The knowledge about Swedish midwifery students' confidence is fairly under investigated. The purpose of the present study was to explore final years' midwifery students' professional confidence in basic midwifery skills according to ICM competencies and associated factors.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey where all midwifery programs in Sweden were invited to participate. Data was collected by a questionnaire that measured midwifery students self-reported assessment of confidence against four selected domains of ICM competencies; antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and new-born care.

Result: The main findings of this study showed that Swedish midwifery students were confident in managing normal pregnancy, labour and birth. Midwifery students at a school with a medical faculty were more confident in handling obstetric emergency situations. Some background variables were also associated with confidence.

Conclusion: This study highlighted some midwifery skills that needs further training and reflection. More training and developing confidence in complicated and emergency situations are needed. There seem to be a need of midwifery education reforms if we believe that high levels of confidence at the time of graduation is equal to competent and skilled midwives in the future.

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ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD , 2017. Vol. 14, p. 69-78
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Clinical practice, Confidence, Midwifery education, Midwifery students
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340266DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2017.10.003ISI: 000418966300011PubMedID: 29195637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340266DiVA, id: diva2:1179125
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-01-31Bibliographically approved

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