YAY! I started yesterday-three classes online, plus a TA position with a level 4 undergraduate class entitled Clinical Instruction for the Rural and Underserved. I started that class today and was glad to meet all the great men and women who are interested in serving rural populations in New Mexico and around the world. I will be assisting in facilitating their class while the professor takes some of the students to Bolivia for clinical training. I wish we had such a class when I was an undergrad (although I wasn’t in a BSN program) as these students are being given a great opportunity to apply their skills in an international setting. I know that participating in this class will give me the ‘refresher’ that I need (having been out of nursing for five years) and get my brain rolling again. Our professor really seems to have her finger on the pulse of learning opportunities that are available throughout New Mexico and I hope to be able to participate in some of these clinical experiences in the coming months.
I’m finding it hard to find the inspiration to write about news related to midwifery right now. It seems that it’s all the same old stories. Clinics closing, midwives fighting for their rights, and endless articles about what the hell midwifery is, and why midwives are different. Really? After all these years, it seems we are still in the business of educating the public, and fighting the misconceptions about the safety of midwifery as doled out by our lovely friends at the AMA- and the fear mongerers. (Hey, that would be a great band name! AMA and the Fear Mongerers)