Dual Degrees and Final Finals

Dual Degrees and Final Finals

My last “midwifery” task is midwifery comps – the competency test required by my school for graduation from the midwifery program.  It is a good practice, giving students a chance to show all they have learned and review before taking boards.  So here is my dilemma, take the test before I leave for the summer when the information is still fresh, or take the test in the fall before I graduate so the review is good for taking boards.

Add into the mix that I left for the semester with only 34 births, meaning I still need to be the main midwife at 6 births to graduate. I remember my frustration with the final exam from last semester – which was the final for half the class and not for those of us completing the FNP with our CNM who still had a semester of births to attend.  Guess which group had the advantage?  And then there is the fact that at the time of the test I had been at a total of 6 hospital births.  Yep, just six and was expected to be able to chart about a major complication.  It wasn’t my best test by far. I didn’t want a repeat of that but this test was all multiple choice.

In the end I decided to take the test before I left.  It made for a very frantic few weeks with very little time to prepare for the Honduras trip.  But I passed the test with an 89 and will graduate with a 4.0 for my MSN.  I will still have to do clinical time in the fall to make up the last few births, but the course work is done.  I am hoping it will be easier to review it all after graduation when I need to take boards now that I have a good foundation.  We’ll see.



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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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