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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

versión On-line ISSN 2071-9736
versión impresa ISSN 1025-9848


NETSHISAULU, Khathutshelo G.  y  MAPUTLE, Maria S.. Expected clinical competence from midwifery graduates during community service placement in Limpopo province, South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2018, vol.23, pp.1-7. ISSN 2071-9736.

BACKGROUND: Community service nurses are placed in a hospital within the first year after qualifying to obtain clinical experience under the supervision of experienced professional nurses. When placed in clinical environments, new midwifery graduates are expected to be job ready, demonstrate competence in the provision of evidence-based care, practise independently and assume accountability and responsibility for their own actions. AIM: The study aimed at exploring the expectations of experienced midwives of clinical competence of newly graduated midwives during transition. SETTING: The study was conducted at the training hospitals of the five districts in Limpopo province. METHOD: The researcher used a qualitative approach which is explorative and descriptive in nature. The population comprised all the professional midwives with experience of 5 years and above working at the selected hospitals in Vhembe, Mopani, Capricorn, Waterberg and Sekhukhune districts of Limpopo province, South Africa. From each selected hospital, five experienced midwives were selected using non-probability, purposive sampling method. An in-depth individual face-to-face interview was used to collect data from the participants, until saturation was reached. The open-coding, Tesch's eight-step process was used to analyse data. RESULTS: Results revealed that newly graduated midwives failed to meet the perceived expectations by experienced midwives; this was reflected in sub-themes: limited sense of independence, limited participation in task sharing and commitment and competence versus incompetence to patient care. CONCLUSION: The experienced midwives expected newly graduated midwives to function as professionals; unfortunately, they expressed disappointment as graduates did not meet their expectations. Newly graduated midwives lacked sense of independence, commitment to patient care and did not display ability in task sharing.

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