Here is your role as a Midwife in the NHS
- learn about the guidelines and policies at your place of work .
- Complete your mandatory training come hell or high water despite not being given allocated time to do so
- Get up in the morning / the evening travel to work be on time , report for duty .
- Push yourself each day to be a little better than you were the day before
- When you are upset about something try and soldier on because everyone else is in the same situation
- Support new midwives and future midwives – be a role model as everyone takes note of the way you behave at work (don’t for a minute think that they don’t !)
- Practice 1-5 each day now add in caring for women families ,getting along with your colleagues , getting a break everyday and leaving your shift on time
Stick to …….
Wait a minute Wait a minute. REWIND REWIND REWIND ……
- Get on Twitter and join the community of midwives there sharing evidence based practice
- Immerse yourself in the computer system that will give you stats for your own practice (as well as others ) and look at how to improve them.
- Practice a daily ritual that is kind to you – respect yourself and your body clock get fresh air and sunlight each day pre or post shift Watch this programme “The body clock- what makes us tick?” on the relevance light (measured in LUX) has on the body clock and circadian rhythm .
- When you are happy and /or upset about something try and reflect on it through writing or recordings and seek advice from your occupational Health dept. Team up with another midwife from a different NHS trust and see yourselves as support buddies , reflect together on what helps you at work and learn new positive ways of staying focused and compassionate in your midwifery work
- Be professional in all you do through the your words / deeds / behaviour towards others including the way you communicate on your break – integrity is a huge part of being a Midwife . The words you speak in the office / break room and out of work are like a fragrance upon you when you are caring / mentoring and teaching.
- Having a break is set into statutory employment law – it ain’t no privilege – so plan your own break and get away from your work environment eat your food in a quiet place, do three minutes of mindfulness – your break time belongs to YOU – if you can’t take the full amount at once try breaking into bite sized amounts so you can eat / / rest / reflect but perhaps on three short breaks instead of one long one -also support your colleagues to do the same
- If you are a manager/head of midwifery consider how you get your lunch and try to be a role model – go and eat with the staff you manage – you might find out more through this than leading meetings
- If you hear a group talking about another colleague in a derogatory manner then challenge them why are they discussing someone who isn’t there to defend themself, then ask them to stop – if you choose to ignore this kind of behaviour you are condoning it
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Excellent post, Jenny. A timely reminder about rewinding and resetting the busy clock. We also have to be political, write to local pollies about the importance of maternity care and having time for women; we need more midwives and as a culture/society, we need to demonstrate our respect and gratitude for childbearing women and the enormous work done in birthing and caring for the new generation(s).
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