Not only have I just found out that I have passed my last ever midwifery exam but I have also just had some excellent news! (more about this later).
The exams were tough. They were what we call OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), where we go into the exam and act out what we would do in real life and we are assessed on these skills. We had two different exams, one in December and one in February. The one in December was neonatal resuscitation so we had to go in and accurately assess the condition of the (pretend) baby then perform life support skills to keep the (pretend) baby alive – I passed this, thank goodness!
in February where we had ten different emergency scenarios to learn and eight of them could come up in the exam. They were all obstetric emergencies so situations like post-partum haemmorhage, cord prolapse and breech delivery. We went into the exam, picked a card and then that card corresponded to the scenario. I had uterine inversion which is where the uterus prolapses through the cervix and into the vagina causing severe neurogenic shock and could result in death if it is not resolved quickly and efficiently. It is what is called a time critical obstetric emergency so the actions you perform have to be done in time to save that woman’s life. No pressure then! I managed to accurately assess and save my lady – phew!
We could not have been better prepared for the exam. Our lecturer Lyn put on online revision sessions through the virtual classroom so we could all attend the live sessions in the evening or access them at home anytime. She was amazing and went through everything step-by-step, reassuring us and taking a lot of her own time to make sure we were well prepared. This wasn’t just for the purposes of the exam but for real practice too. Lyn is a supervisor of midwives so her role is to protect the public by making sure the highest possible standards of care are being provided to women and families. She is an excellent role model and we are privileged to have had such a great teacher for this exam, so thank you, Lyn.
So, on to the other good news!
I was encouraged by my lecturers at university and mentors in practice to apply for the Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year award back in December. I put together my application which included feedback from families I have looked after, academic achievements and testimonials from mentors at the hospital and from university. I have been so privileged to work alongside such passionate mentors in practice and such amazing role models at university, and it is with the help of these amazing teachers that I have come so far.
I found out I had been shortlisted and have been invited for an interview in London this Monday! I am very nervous but looking forward to meeting the judges and telling them about my journey through midwifery.
I would also like to say a huge congratulations to Amy Sampson-Brown and Emma Rose who have been shortlisted for the same award. They are not only outstanding students but really good friends of mine and I feel privileged to have trained and worked alongside them for the last three years.
We have all been invited to attend the awards ceremony in May, on Park Lane in London, where we will find out who has won. It really isn’t about ‘winning’ though as it is fantastic just to be recognised, so I feel extremely honoured to have even come this far. I really wouldn’t have got to where I am today without the support from my wonderful family, friends, mentors and lecturers.
I am feeling very blessed at the moment and can’t wait to become a real-life midwife in August!