The Nurse Midwifery Diploma Programme is a family centered reproductive health education programme, which promotes the use of a community base approach in the delivery of health care. It combines theoretical course work designed as self-directed learning modules with guided clinical experience in various health care settings. It includes prerequisites, general education and core nurse-midwifery course work. The programme is designed to be delivered in sixteen (16) to twenty four (24) month full time/part time. Upon successful completion of the programme the graduate is able to provide safe and effective reproductive health care, to individuals, families and communities as a member of the multidisciplinary health team. The graduate is also eligible to sit national licensing examinations for entry into professional nurse-midwifery practice.
- Successful completion of the General Nursing Programme from a recognized school of nursing, having completed the Regional Nursing Curriculum.
- Successful completion of all pre requisite for programme or other required courses (effective 2003)
- Other Professional Qualifications:
- Possession of current license to practice as a registered nurse in St Lucia
- A minimum of one-year current post basic experience in a general hospital setting (maternal and infant nursing experience preferred)
- Current CPR Certification Medical Certificate of Fitness
- An interview
- Two References Workplace supervisor or last employer and the last educational institution you attended
- As stipulated by the College and are subject to change. Plus Books, Uniforms, School & Clinical Supplies, transportation to and from Obstetric/Neonatal Nursing Unit
In addition to the above requirements, candidates are required to make the necessary arrangements to be attached to an Obstetric/Neonatal Nursing Unit
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At the end of the programme, students will have achieved the status of a safe, competent practitioner who conform to the established international standards of nurse midwifery and family reproductive health and will be able to:
- Appreciate the influence of biospychosocial, spiritual, economic, political and cultural factors in relation to health care and advice women on the promotion and maintenance of their health.
- Identify common factors, which contribute to, and those, which adversely affect the physical, emotional and social well-being of the mother and baby and take appropriate action.
- Give the necessary supervision, care and counsel to women during pregnancy, labor and postpartum periods with an application that is family centered and community based in its approach.
- Manage birth and delivery, and the immediate care of the newborn and infant on own responsibility based on current scientific principles of nurse-midwifery practice.
- Promote birth as a normal process requiring a minimum of interventions.
- Counsel and educate women, families and communities including antenatal issues, preparation for parenthood, family reproductive issues, family planning, health promotion, childcare, health and safety, and promoting breastfeeding.
- Work as autonomous practitioners in a variety of health, care settings, collaborating with other professional service providers service providers when necessary and to seek assistance of a registered medial practitioner as appropriate.
- Communicate appropriately and effectively with mothers and their families with colleagues and with those in other disciplines
- Function effectively in multi-professional team delivering care, which embraces women and family centered care and facilitating consultation and referral as appropriate.
- Advocate for recognition of the role of the client as an integral member of the health care team with distinct right as well as responsibilities
- Critically read relevant literature and research to inform and advance the practice of midwifery
- Debate the ethical issues relating to midwifery practice and the responsibilities, which these impose on the midwife.
- Continue to develop their practice utilizing the foundations of life-long learning initiated in the programme.
- Articulate and implement the requirements of legislation relevant to the practice of midwifery
- Promote nurse-midwifery and family reproductive health through national and professional organizations, the political process, research activities and policy development