Midwives and Nurses join forces to enhance mentoring supportJan 25, 2024
Since its implementation across the Mid North Coast Local Health District in March 2022, the Mentoring in Midwifery (MiM) Program has provided training for midwives to enhance their ability and confidence to support future midwifery students, early career midwives and colleagues.
As part of embedding the MiM Program into midwifery practice, workshops and mentoring-in-the-moment opportunities have been regularly held for the midwifery workforce in Coffs Harbour, Macksville, Kempsey and Port Macquarie in an effort to create a positive, reciprocal, learning environment, support midwifery culture, and enhance job satisfaction.
But it doesn’t stop there. To develop a broader approach to teamwork and share the transferable concepts and skills of MiM, relationships have been fostered in nursing and midwifery with the implementation of an Aboriginal Cadet Mentoring Program by Nurse Manager Kathleen Bohannon, as well as opportunities for nursing and midwifery educators to join forces to increase support opportunities for the MNCLHD workforce.
District MiM Manager Justina Staniforth recently facilitated an interdisciplinary mentoring and appreciative inquiry workshop with clinical nurse and midwife educators from around the district coming together to connect, learn and grow.