This is a summary of the findings from a survey conducted by the HSE Office of the Nursing Services Director, among graduates who completed a post registration nurse education programme leading to registration as a midwife in 2006 to 2009.
The overarching purpose of the survey was to determine an employment profile of these new graduates entering the workforce.
The overall survey findings are encouraging and the plan is to continue to repeat the survey in subsequent years, to compare data and to identify trends over time. The majority of graduates (88% or n = 544) began their initial employment as a registered midwife within maternity services following graduation.
Other findings show that:
- 77% (477) were internally employed (i.e. in the education training hospital);
- 22% (135)) wereexternally employed (i.e. outside the education training hospital); and
- 1% (5) were not employed.
The findings of the survey will facilitate the Health Service Executive and others such as Government, with the ongoing delivery of the post registration nurse education programme leading to registration as a midwife.