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The passion of midwives: supporting midwifery students

      Background: Retention of midwifery students has been identified as an important strategy for future midwifery workforce planning. Although reasons for the attrition of midwifery students is complex, one of the key areas identified as contributing to this is a lack of practice support in the clinical setting (NSW Department of Health, 2000; Hughes, 2013). While there is little research into mentoring in midwifery, studies assessing mentor programs for nursing have found the support of the mentor to be beneficial to a student's sense of belonging, and enhanced learning. Further research however, is needed to evaluate the impact of mentoring on the mentors, their work satisfaction and on workplace culture.
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