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Research from Patterson, Jean


Jean Patterson



Jean is an Associate Professor in the School of Midwifery. She teaches in the postgraduate programmes and supervises thesis students. Her previous midwifery practice experience has been in largely rural areas and her research interest is in the sustainability of a viable rural birth option. In particular, Jean's PhD study explored the challenges of managing the distance from specialist care when transfer was needed. Jean's PhD and Master's degree (with Distinction) are from Victoria University Wellington. She is a subeditor on the board of the New Zealand College of Midwives' journal and also reviews submissions to other midwifery journals. She is also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee and manages the Category B ethics processes for the School. Jean has been involved in School research projects aimed at evaluating the blended satellite midwifery programme which began in 2009. These projects have included a 3 year graduand cohort study, the experiences of Maori and Pacifica students in the programme and an alumni study. Her role also includes mentoring research active staff and students and she has a broad experience in qualitative research methodologies, surveys, and post-modern and critical methodologies.

Research Outputs

Conference Contribution - Other

Patterson, J. (2018) Becoming a midwife: A study of our alumni. Virtual Internal Day Of The Midwife Conference, 4 May 2018.

Patterson, J. Macznik, A. Miller, S. Kerkin, B. & Baddock, S. (2017) Becoming a midwife: a survey study of midwifery alumni. Poster presented at the 31st Triennial, International Congress of Midwives (ICM) Toronto, Canada, 18-22nd June 2017.

Beatson, D. Patterson, J. Seiuli, A. Griffiths, C. & Wilson, K. (2017) Pasifika student experience in a Bachelor of Midwifery Programme. Poster presentation at 31st ICM Triennial Congress in Toronto, Canada, 18-22 June 2017.

Journal Article

Beatson,D., Seiuli,A., Patterson,J., Griffiths,C., & Wilson,K. (2018) Pasifika student experience in a Bachelor of Midwifery programme. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal,Issue 54.

Hay, R., & Patterson, J. (2018) Effects of cervical excisional procedures for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia on pregnancy and birth: A literature review. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, Issue 54, 2018.

Patterson, J., Newman, E., Baddock, S., Kerkin, B., & See, R. (2017) Strategies for improving the experiences of Maori students in a blended Bachelor of Midwifery programme. NZCOM Journal. https://doi.org/10.12784/nzcomjnl53.2017.6.45-52 The NZCOM Journal is the only peer-reviewed midwifery journal in New Zealand and the most appropriate place to publish New Zealand research, particularly that which addresses issues for Maori students.

Kerkin, B. Lennox, S. & Patterson, J. (2017) Making midwifery work visible: The multiple purposes of documentation Women and Birth. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2017.09.012

McIntosh, C. Patterson, J. & Miller, S. (2017) First year midwifery students' experience with self-recorded and assessed video of selected midwifery practice skills at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand Nurse Education in Practice 28 (2018) 54e59h ttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2017.09.016

Patterson, J., Foureur, M., & Skinner, J. (2017) Remote rural women's choice of birthplace and transfer experiences in rural Otago and Southland, New Zealand. Midwifery, 52 (2017), 49–56. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28600971

Weathington, M. Patterson, J. & Hickey, R. (2017) Individual risks of stillbirth at advanced maternal age: A literature review of the evidence New Zealand College of Midwives Journal. Issue 53, PP 15-22.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Patterson, J., Miller, S., Macznik, A., Kerkin,B. & Baddock, S. (2017) Making the transition to midwifery practice: The alumni study This study was presented at the Joan Donley Research Forum on the 19th October, 2017, which was held at the The Piano, Centre for Music and Arts, Christchurch NZ.

Patterson, J., Skinner, J., Foureur, M., & See R. (2017) Women s experiences of transfer in labour from rural maternity units to specialist care in rural Otago and Southland New Zealand. Paper for presentation at the International Congress of Midwives (ICM) Toronto Canada, 18th -22nd June 2017. 31st ICM Triennial Congress, Toronto, Canada, June 18 – 22, 2017.

Patterson, J., Foureur, M., & Skinner, J. (2017) Women’s experiences of transfer in labour from rural maternity units to specialist care in rural Otago and Southland New Zealand International Congress of Midwives (ICM) conference in Toronto June 17-22 2017. I developed the presentation and presented in person.

Patterson, J. Macznik, A. Miller, S. Kerkin, B. & Baddock, S. (2017) Becoming a midwife: a survey study of midwifery alumni Oral presentation at the 31st Triennial Joan Donley Research Forum. October, 19-20 2017.The Piano, Christchurch, NZ.

McIntosh, C., Miller, S., & Patterson, J. (2017) Evaluation of video assessment of midwifery practice skills (VAMPS) Presentation at the 31st Triennial International Midwifery Congress (ICM) 18th - 22nd June, 2017. Toronto Canada.

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