Midwife Kelsea Wills is UTS Midwifery Mentor of 2018
- UTS graduate Kelsea Wills from Royal North Shore Hospital has been named UTS Midwifery Mentor of the Year for 2018.
- The award recognises a midwife who has demonstrated outstanding support for current UTS Midwifery students during clinical placements.
Kelsea Wills from Royal North Shore Hospital has taken out the honour of 'UTS Midwifery Mentor of the Year' for 2018.
Kelsea is a graduate from UTS, having completed her Graduate Diploma in Midwifery in 2015.
The annual award is announced by the UTS Midwifery team in recognition of a worthy recipient’s outstanding support for current students during clinical placements which are completed as part of their degree.
It was Bachelor of Midwifery and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery students who nominated Kelsea as a midwife they consider to be an outstanding contributor to their clinical learning. A group of students deliberated to choose the winner, and Kelsea was presented with her certificate at the recent UTS Midwifery Educators and Facilitators forum.
Humble Kelsea says the award came as a complete surprise.
“I work with the most wonderful midwives at Royal North Shore Hospital and couldn't believe that I was considered amongst them as a mentor. It’s such an honour!”
Working in a midwifery-led continuity of care model, every day and week is a change of pace at Royal North Shore.
“Working on-call as part of the Midwifery Group Practice team allows me the opportunity to get to know women in my care throughout the duration of their pregnancy prior to labour and birth,” says Kelsea.
“Educating and empowering women in the most memorable moments of their lives is really special.”
As a mentor figure working alongside UTS students, Kelsea says it’s encouraged her to reflect on her practice and inspired her to ensure she is passing on valuable knowledge and skills to the next wave of midwives.
“Witnessing a baby take their very first breath is like nothing else on this earth – time stands still and it is amazing. To share that with students and encourage them as they build their confidence in supporting women and families reminds me how much I love my job! Seeing UTS students blossom to their full potential and grow into caring, capable midwives is a beautiful reward.”
Kelsea’s recognition comes not too long since she was a student midwife herself. She offers these words of advice for future students embarking on their careers:
Midwifery is an incredible career. You look after more than one life at a time, and you will be forever learning. The learning doesn't stop once you are Registered. Don't be afraid to ask questions; lots of them! Dive into the challenges on placement when you are given the opportunity to, while you have another set of eyes and hands supporting you – even if it scares you at the time. We are here to guide you and help you provide the best care that you can for women and their families. The hard work is worth it, I promise!
UTS Health wishes Kelsea and fellow nominees congratulations and great appreciation for their support of UTS Midwifery students completing their clinical placements.