On Monday we had the introduction to our Emergency Midwifery Skills module, where we learn the skills for managing a variety of different maternity emergencies, from Shoulder Dystocia to PPH and everything in between. We also have a Newborn Life Support assessment as part of this module – so essentially we have loads to learn!
This module is assessed by two practical OSCE exams towards the end of the year, which is a little daunting as a concept but I think will actually be alright once we start learning the material for it – eek!
Tuesday was the introduction session for our other skills module for this year. This one is assessed by the submission of our completed practice documents, but we also have several skills sessions in uni and a few guest lecturers coming in to talk to us too, so that’ll be really interesting too.
We had Wednesday off (which, if you follow me on twitter you will have seen, was a particularly stressful day!), and then we were back in on Thursday for another day of Emergency Skills.
We were focussing on Post-Partum Haemorrhage in this session, with the theory in the morning and the practical skills in the skills lab in the afternoon – it’s a lot to take in, but I am really impressed by how much I can recall from it already, so hopefully it was all going in!
On Friday we had two guest lecturers in to cover a wider area of our skills knowledge. The first was a lecture on urinary incontinence, which very much seemed to overlap with the gynae placement I had just before christmas, but was very interesting anyway, and good for those who haven’t been to gynae yet too. In the afternoon we had a tissue viability nurse in to talk to us about wound care and how to deal with wound which aren’t healing in a “normal” way.
It’s been good to get back into uni and touch base a little – now we go back out onto placement again so it really was short but sweet – but good to start these new modules and get a bit of a clearer picture of what we should expect for the rest of the year… scary really to have it all planned out now…it feels like we are getting very very close to third year now! Eek!
To read last week’s Midwife Mondays post, click here: