Midwife Mondays 88: Emergencies OSCE Exam – Eek!

So, it feels like this post has been a long time coming, but our OSCE exams are officially done!

I headed in on Monday morning last week with my heart in my mouth, ahead of our Emergency Midwifery OSCE. There were 6 possible topics that we draw out of a hat, then have to identify and manage in a role play style exam – serious amounts of adrenaline going on!

Our 6 possible topics were:

  • Ante-Partum Haemorrhage (Including identifying if it was Uterine Rupture, Placenta Praevia or Placental Abruption)
  • Post-Partum Haemorrhage
  • Cord Prolapse (in the community)
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Breech Delivery
  • Sepsis

I was hoping for one of the manoeuvre based scenarios, such as Breech or Shoulder Dystocia, but I pulled out ball number 5 which I worked out from the scenario I was given, was Ante-partum Haemorrhage (specifically Placental Abruption). I think I managed it ok, and remembered everything reasonably well….M had been testing me on everything the night before (bless him!) and APH was one of the ones that we had done over and over so it was all very fresh in my mind!

I can’t tell you how good it felt to walk out of that room, knowing that my exams were done for the year. Now it’s just waiting for the results, then a few bits of written work, finishing off my drug administration workbook and getting the final few skills and things signed off for the academic year – and placement of course – and then we are in our third year!

The rest of last week was spent having a bit of downtime and getting a bit of work done ahead of what I already know is going to be a full on placement. We also got to spend an amazing day at the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday which was really lovely – and great to spend a long day out in the sunshine!

This week I start my Delivery Unit placement for 7 weeks and I can’t wait – be sure to check in next week to see how I’ve been getting on! 🙂

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