Midwifery Education for Academics and Students in the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Tosun H.

3rd International Congress Of Multidisciplinary Studies In Medical Sciences, Ankara, Turkey, 17 August 2021, pp.237-238

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.237-238
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes


ABSTRACT As in almost every field, midwifery education has been seriously affected by the quarantines that have developed with the Covid 19 pandemic. According to the International Confederation of Midwives, Global Standards for Midwifery Education-2013, there are some rules that must be met. Unfortunately, clinical applications in the field could not be carried out accordingly. 237 While many midwifery academics did not invite students to school and clinics to protect them from the pandemic, some countries allowed student midwives to work in clinics accompanied by a guide midwife as a solution. It seems that the epidemic is not over and midwifery education will continue at school and clinic as before. The most important thing to do is to use protective measures (vaccine, mask, glasses, apron, etc.) very well by students, because midwifery is a profession performed by touching the patient. However, another point to be considered is the protection of the mental health of students and academicians. Because students are under much higher anxiety than before the pandemic. They are afraid of being infected and coming into contact with an infected patient. Among so many problems, another issue to be worried about the most is that midwives who have not had enough experience are graduated. A dilemma has developed here. Should we appoint midwives, who are much more needed due to the pandemic, to clinics, even if they are inexperienced? Or should we not let them come to work to prevent new mal practices from happening? In the future of midwifery education, it seems necessary to continue some courses digitally so that contact and fatigue can be reduced. More laboratory work should be allocated for clinical practice courses. Although small group clinical practice studies take more time, it is thought that the learning in students may be more permanent. In midwifery education with a view to students: Even if it is risky for students to adapt to the clinic under protective measures, it is important to continue clinical practices by reducing working hours. It is necessary to develop new regulations for graduated midwives and determine the clinical orientation process. For this reason, it is thought that it is important that they gain clinical experience in the hospital with their guide colleagues. Keywords: Pandemic, midwifery education, orientation, protective measures.