Madeleine McDonough

studentBachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery

“I’ve lived on the Peninsula my entire life and came into the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery straight out of Year 12.  Monash University really appealed to me because of its fantastic reputation and high rates of students getting graduate positions straight after finishing. I love that it’s local as I’ve grown up in this community and wanted to give something back. I feel really welcome here and well supported by the Faculty.

This course has opened up so many opportunities for me and given me a passion for midwifery and woman-centered care. It’s really hands on, and I went from having barely ever held a baby to delivering babies in my second year. I love being on regular placement, as there is no such thing as a typical day! I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to care for labouring women and their babies.  
I’ve really benefited from doing two days of placement each week, as it has allowed me to develop skills and put theory into practice. I’ve been everywhere from aged care to rehab, orthopaedics, a mental health community care unit, emergency department, antenatal clinic, home visits, postnatal wards and birth suites! All these placements have allowed me to build a huge variety of skills and work with so many different and equally incredible nurses and midwives. I’ve also had extra opportunities for learning, like training in Mental Health First Aid and LGBTIQ inclusiveness.

"This course has opened up so many opportunities for me
and given me a  passion for midwifery and woman-centered care."

This course has been one of the most worthwhile and meaningful things I have ever done. Even though it can be hard and time-consuming, I have loved every minute. This is such a rewarding career, and offers so many opportunities to make a difference to people and their families. I’m hoping to do a combined nursing and midwifery graduate year and in the future, maybe return to study to become a maternal and child health nurse.”