University of Technology Sydney

92366 Transition to Professional Practice

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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This subject challenges students to prepare for their transition into the role of a beginning graduate midwife. It builds on the first-year subject 92350 Becoming a Midwife by focusing on how students prepare for a professional role using the ethico-legal framework and NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice. It prepares students to take ownership of their ongoing professional identity through the use of an e-portfolio, which involves writing competent resumes and appearing confident in job interviews. In preparation for entering the workforce, students also explore strategies for self-care and work–life balance to sustain them throughout their midwifery career. This subject motivates students to engage with their profession in a responsible and honourable way, to develop a sense of constructive agency and to become a positive influence in the work life of others.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Analyse the work environments of the new graduate midwife and identify strategies for a smooth transition to practice
B. Investigate and discuss the concepts of self-care and work-life balance in relation to sustaining midwifery practice
C. Discuss the value and process of mentoring, peer support and professional development of others
D. Develop a comprehensive curriculum vitae and prepare for a job interview
E. Analyse the midwife’s professional responsibility and personal accountability for practice
F. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior towards women, colleagues and communities and assess strategies to address ethical issues in clinical practice

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness (2.0)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and sound clinical judgment that is based on evidence and reflects appropriate reasoning within the relevant professional codes and guidelines (2.2)
  • Communicate effectively using spoken, written and non-verbal language across a range of contexts and to diverse audiences (2.3)
  • Utilise information technologies with a high level of literacy (2.4)
  • Demonstrate competence in all clinical skills at the level of a new graduate midwife and be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as a midwife (2.5)
  • Demonstrate respectful and collegial collaboration with women, professional peers and other stakeholders (3.2)
  • Participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team (3.3)
  • Practice and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and foster human flourishing (4.1)
  • Integrate strategies for ongoing personal and professional development (6.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, students participate in a range of learning and teaching strategies that are designed to assist in developing a deeper understanding of the transition to professional practice and the regulation of the profession in Australia.

Students access online learning resources including pre-class activities, podcasts, videos and professional literature either prior to or in place of face-to-face attendance. These activities are supported by follow-up in-class activities or in online forums to share learning, experiences and reflections. In particular, students are required to access the resources on the NMBA website that will guide their professional practice (included the codes for practice) and the Australian College of Midwives and other professional groups to support their ongoing professional development.

Students are re-introduced to the mindfulness materials that are available on the internet and encouraged to start using these in their day-to-day life with an aim to practice strategies for work/life balance, students are encouraged to engage with and form the habit of using the mindfulness materials available through links on Canvas.

Teaching includes group work to enable students to clarify, discuss and develop subject concepts. Students will be provided with information on being a midwife including the application process for a graduate position upon registration. The subject addresses the importance of supporting midwifery and other students in the workplace using collaborative group activities during class time, as this is an important component of transitioning into professional practice.

Students further develop their professional Portfolio. This online record encourages students to take an active role in the documentation, observation and review of their own progress. It is a powerful tool for focusing awareness or attention on what has been learned throughout the course, self-assessment and the development of a professional identity.

Content (topics)

Transition to professional practice

  • Management of professional relationships
  • Self-care strategies, mindfulness and the development of resilience
  • Peer mentoring
  • Development of professional confidence and leadership skills
  • Learning to support students in the workplace
  • Professional responsibility and personal accountability
  • NMBA professional codes of practice

Attaining a midwifery position

  • Self-assessment
  • Writing a job application
  • Maintaining a curriculum vitae
  • Being successful in a job interview


Assessment task 1: Preparation for New Graduate Position


PART A - Cover Letter
The intent of this assessment item is for you to draft a cover letter for a New Graduate Midwife position. Feedback on the letter and suggestions for improvement, if necessary will be provided by the subject co-ordinator.

PART B - Curriculum Vitae
This assessment prepares students for the application process for a New Graduate Midwife position and helps them to develop a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV). Feedback on the CV and suggestions for improvement, if necessary will be provided by the subject co-ordinator.

PART C - Mock interview for a New Graduate Midwife position
This assessment prepares students for an interview for a New Graduate Midwife position. The panel will include guest assessors from UTS Careers together with industry representatives and midwifery lecturers to provide constructive feedback to you on your interview attempt.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C, D, E and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3 and 6.2

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

PART A - Cover Letter: due 5 April 2022 (weight 20%)

  • 1000 words in professional letter format.

PART B - CV: due 5 April 2022 (weight 20%)

  • Please limit the resume to no more than 2 pages.

PART C - Mock interview for a New Graduate Midwife position: 15 June, 2022 (weight 20%)

  • Attend mock interview as per the timetable posted on Canvas. Dress professionally and prepare responses to the example questions discussed in class. You will be provided feedback at the time of interview.

Assessment criteria is available on Canvas.

Assessment task 2: Reflection on resilience and self-care strategies applied in clinical practice


This assessment item requires students to explore and reflect on self-care strategies applied in their own clinical practice. The findings from this assessment will assist the student to review and critique self-care strategies as they transition to becoming a registered midwife.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, E and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 2.2, 2.3, 3.3, 4.1 and 6.2

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Required word count is 1500 (plus references).


Assessment criteria is available on Canvas.


Andre, K. & Heartfield, M. (2011). Nursing and midwifery portfolios: Evidence of continuing competency (2nd edn). Churchill Livingstone.

Byrom, S. & Downe, S. (2015). The roar behind the silence: Why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care. Pinter and Martin.

Catling, C., & Rossiter, C. (2020). Midwifery workplace culture in Australia: A national survey of midwives. Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 33(5), 464-472. https://doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2019.09.008

Crowther, S., Hunter, B., McAra-Couper, J., Warren, L., Gilkison, A., Hunter, M. & Kirkham, M. (2016). Sustainability and resilience in midwifery: A discussion paper. Midwifery, 40, 40-48. https://doi:10.1016/j.midw.2016.06.005

Cummins, A. M., Catling, C., & Homer, C. S. E. (2018). Enabling new graduate midwives to work in midwifery continuity of care models: A conceptual model for implementation. Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 31(5), 343-349. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2017.11.007

Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2011). Employability skills and attributes framework. DEEWR.

Hunter, B. & Warren, L. (2013). Investigating resilience in midwifery: Final report. Cardiff University.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full catastrophe living: How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation (revised edn). Little Brown Book Group.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) (2018). Midwife Standards for Practice. NMBA.

Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H. & Dixon, L (2019a). Midwifery: Preparation for practice: Book 1 (4th ed). Elsevier.

Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H. & Dixon, L. (2019b). Midwifery: Preparation for practice: Book 2 (4th ed). Elsevier.

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