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How do new midwives’ early workforce experiences influence their career plans? An integrative review of the literature

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posted on 2024-04-02, 03:29 authored by Tanya CapperTanya Capper, Kelly HaynesKelly Haynes, Moira WilliamsonMoira Williamson
Aim: To explore how the early workforce experiences of new midwives influence their career plans. Background: Each year, thousands of new midwives graduate from entry-to-practice midwifery courses, gain professional registration, and enter the workforce. Despite this, the world continues to face a shortage of midwives. The first five years of clinical practice, commonly referred to as the early career period, can be highly stressful for new midwives, contributing to early attrition from the profession. Supporting the transition from midwifery student to registered midwife is vital if we are to grow the workforce. Whilst the early career experiences of new midwives have been more broadly explored; little is currently understood about how these can influence their career plans. Methods: Following Whittemore and Knafl’s (2005) five-stage process, an integrative review was conducted. Reporting followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist. Nineteen studies met the criteria for inclusion. Thematic analysis was undertaken to organise and present the findings. Findings: Thematic analysis, guided by the review question led to the identification of three overarching themes: ‘the need for support’, ‘sustaining health and wellbeing’, and ‘being able to provide safe and effective midwifery care’. Conclusion: Very little research to date has specifically explored how the early career experiences of new midwives influence their career plans, particularly within the Australian context. Further research is required to better understand how the early workforce experiences of new midwives can either strengthen their commitment to the profession or contribute to the decision to leave midwifery prematurely. This knowledge would provide a basis for the development of appropriate strategies to minimise early attrition from the midwifery profession and promote career longevity.

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Volume

70

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1873-5223

ISSN

1471-5953

Publisher

Elsevier

Publisher License

CC BY-NC-ND

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 DEED

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2023-06-12

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Nurse Education in Practice

Article Number

103689

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