Dr Sharon Licqurish is a midwifery lecturer at the Australian Catholic University - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine in Melbourne. She graduated with a PhD from Australian Catholic University in 2011. Her thesis is titled Bachelor of Midwifery Students’ Experiences of Achieving Competency for Beginning Practice and her supervisors were Professor Carmel Seibold and Professor Fran McInerney.
The qualitative study explored Australian Bachelor of Midwifery students’ perspectives about how and when they achieved competency for beginning practice. The research highlighted how the students felt compelled to assimilate into the Australian system of maternity care. The students adapted their behaviour to consolidate their skills within the system, demonstrate competency and achieve a prescribed number of clinical experiences required for registration. The student’s challenges in adapting to the system, working with their midwife preceptors and achieving minimum requirements for registration were highlighted in the study.
Sharon’s research is informing policy and development of national midwifery courses accreditation standards. Her publications 1,2 from the thesis have been reviewed and cited in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council3 (ANMAC) consultation paper, that has been circulated to all stakeholders involved in midwifery education in Australia. The expert advisory group who wrote the consultation paper includes representation from ANMAC, educationalist representatives, Council of Deans for Nursing and Midwifery, Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nurses and Midwives and the Australian College of Midwives. This is excellent impact and influence of her research and representation for Australian Catholic University.
1. Licqurish S & Seibold C. ‘Chasing the numbers’: Australian Bachelor of Midwifery students’ experiences of achieving midwifery practice requirements for registration. Midwifery, 2013; 29, 661-7.
2. Licqurish S and Seibold C. Bachelor of Midwifery students’ experiences of achieving competencies: The role of the midwife preceptor. Midwifery, 2008; 24, 480-89.
3. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Review of the midwifery accreditation standards: First Consultation Paper. February 2013. Available online: www.anmac.org.au/publications