Sonja Lynn Walker
I am trained as a Nurse and Midwife. I am passionate about midwifery and believe this aspect of the profession has potential to contribute to the health and education of young people across the lifespan, beyond pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. I have always had a passion to teach and contribute to nursing research, more especially curriculum development to train clinically competent nurses who feel confident in practice and are proactive in preventing maternal and neonatal deaths. To do this, I think we need to look at nursing evaluations and understand how we can improve the link between knowledge and practical skill.
I have a Masters in advanced Midwifery and Neonatology and my thesis explored undergraduate nursing students’ level of affective learning with regard to rendering prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. A key finding was the effectiveness of reflective writing as a tool for learning within nursing education. I am currently pursuing my PhD which explores clinical competence amongst nursing graduates. Lastly, I would like to explore the feasibility of an entry, 3-year, midwifery programme in South Africa. I believe this would improve graduate competence and confidence in practice.
Registered Nurse in (General nursing, Community Health and Psychiatry) and Midwifery
Diploma in Nursing Education
Master’s degree in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatology