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Program Links Med Students with Labor and Delivery Nurses

Nearly 80 percent of third-year medical students give the program good marks

FRIDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of third-year medical students give a program matching them with labor and delivery nurses good grades for improving the traditionally difficult relationship, according to a report in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

M. Amanda Skoll, M.D., of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues created a program pairing third-year medical students with labor and delivery nurses so that students could hone their skills while both learn about each other's jobs.

On a scale of one to seven, the researchers found that students evaluating the program by questionnaire gave it a median ranking of five; more than three-quarters of the students (77 percent) gave it a ranking of five or more.

"This program has been successful in pairing students with nurse preceptors for a total of three years so far," the authors conclude. "The process we used to develop the program may help other institutions who wish to put in place a similar program."

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