UNDERSTANDING OF THE REGISTERED NURSE AND MIDWIFE’S ROLEAs we have moved through the 21st century, the role of a midwife has significantly changed. The focus of the role has become centred around caring for the mother and child before, during and after birth. Treating women with complications has become more common and there are more resources and knowledge to assist mothers and fathers-to-be, through pregnancies, than ever before. The number of births per woman has decreased and so has the birth mortality rate, which is due to the significant technological advance in medicine in the past century. Midwives’ use technology through every stage of a woman’s pregnancy, so being competent using machines and computers is a vital aspect in a midwife’s role.The role of a registered midwife is about focusing on individual mothers’ and babies’ (and father) needs. Assisting throughout the pregnancy, with the many questions, concerns and check – ups. Helping to deliver the baby during birth, and aiding the mother and father develop a connection to their newborn. Midwifes are there to help mothers and fathers when they need it and during one of the best days of their lives.The role of a registered nurse is very demanding and challenging; however, I believe that the personal rewards would be substantially more significant than any negatives associated with the role. Registered nurses care for people who, for a short or extended period of time, are unable to care for themselves. Not only do nurses care for their patients, they also maintain a strong collaboration with all health staff and professionals involved in tending to the patient. In addition, the nurse is required to be a channel for communication between the medical professionals and the sick or injured, whilst treating them. In general, registered nurses and midwife’s, update and keep records, monitor, educate and care for patients and administer medications. Nurses recommend and prescribe therapies and treatments and modify health plans based on patient symptoms and responses.To be a midwife and/or a nurse, you must be compassionate and caring, with a professional and friendly attitudeREASONS FOR UNDERTAKING THE COURSEI have an unexplainable desire to become a midwife. My father is a nurse, so was my grandmother and my mother works for the police, so for me, helping people, is just something that people do. People help each other because that’s what it means to be human, to be kind, to assist when needed and to share knowledge. To be a midwife and a nurse would mean that I get to assist and treat people, when they are the sickest or when they are bringing a new person into this world. Furthermore, I chose midwifery and nursing because I have always been intrigued by the human body, how it works, why it is the way that it is and what its limits are. Medicine, and in particular, how to use medicine and technology together, has been a niche interest of mine for years. Without technology, medicine would be primitive, and humans wouldn’t have the long-life expectancy that we currently have achieved. It is likely that in the coming decades, many human jobs will be lost to technology, however, I believe that plastic, wires and bolts will never replace nurses and midwifes, helping people cannot be programmed.I don’t view the position of a registered midwife or registered nurse to be a job or something I do because of the money, for me it would be about interacting with the patients. To bring a person into the world, change someone’s life and to make people’s lives better is what I aspire to do. I am unable to imagine doing any other job, especially an office job where I sit down at a desk all day and do the same thing day-in-day-out. Ultimately, being a qualified midwife is what I would like to be at the end of this course. MY PLAN OF MANAGING THE WORKLOADI plan on reducing the number of hours that I work (at a small café near my house). This will allow me to focus more time and energy into my studies and the practical components of the courses. Additionally, I will be moving from a part time position to a casual position. This will allow me to become more flexible for the practical components of the two degrees, as I will be able to fit my work schedule around my study schedule, putting my degree(s) first. Whilst I will be reducing my hours of work substantially, I will not be resigning due to wanting to be in the best financial situation post-graduation as possible. Furthermore, I intend on creating a workplan for my chosen courses so that I keep track of my assignments, tasks and responsibilities. And as such, complete all requirements to the necessary and acceptable standards. Once I receive my timetable, I will schedule times each day where I can study and work on any assignments given. In addition, I aim to create friendships within my chosen courses so that I have the option of studying with them, which will lessen my stress levels, hopefully extending the standards to which I complete assigned tasks and assessments.