“Working towards being ready”: A grounded theory study of how practising midwives maintain their ongoing competence to practise their profession

Authors: Calvert, S. Smythe, E. &   McKenzie-Green,B. 

Source: Midwifery
July 2017Volume 50, Pages 9–15

Objective: to present a grounded theory research study explaining how New Zealand midwives maintain their ongoing competence to practise their profession.

Highlights

•To maintain their competence to practise midwives engage in a continuous development process.

  • Self-directed learning needs are focussed on the midwife’s professional position.
  • Midwives learning and development is influenced by the needs of women in her community.
  • Midwives manage many obstacles in order to maintain their competence to practise.
  • Safety of the woman and her baby is at the heart of the midwife maintaining competence.
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