Online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery)
Has anybody done this course?
I'm looking at doing it now alongside by current job, it's a year long and is done from home.
And then I can go to University and apply for midwifery or nursing, I appreciate midwifery is super hard to get into so nursing would be fine, although I really like the idea of working in Neonatal, especially with Jenson being in there when he was born xxxx
Dont have much info sorry but Good luck I applied to do children nursing about 7 years ago ( OMG I am old ) and they said they liked it if you did some voluntary work or nursing assistant ( could be bank work at the time) within your field first-not sure if this is an option.
Love your name-it was our girls name-but we had a boy xxxx
no experience sorry, BUT if i had the money i would 100% do this and have looked into it before. i agree with pp they like you to have 'some' experience on a ward, working with patients etc with there being so many applications to get onto the uni course
No exp with this particular course but MHO is if you want to be a midwife don't settle for nursing. Midwifery is worth fighting to get onto and if you want to work in neonates at some point midwifery will give you better expierence for it than nursing. Midwifery courses are competitive to get on yes but somebody has to get the places no reason it can't be you
I have done both nursing and midwifery. I've never done an Access course - I did A Levels and then straight to uni for adult nursing. I worked as a nurse for a few years then did my shortened midwifery course (18 months to do a degree as opposed to the usual three years). Back doing nursing now, though I do massively miss midwifery.
Neonatal units employ both nurses and midwives.
Nursing is much easier to get accepted for than midwifery. If you did go for nursing, I would suggest doing adult branch as there are many more options (including the shorted midwifery course) than with the other branches. I think nursing first gives you a wonderful grounding for midwifery. When I was doing midwifery, the girls who had done the thee year course (as in, they were not nurses) worried about anyone with health problems, whereas I (and the other girls who were nurses) were much more confident caring for these women. It is also much easier to get accepted on the shortened course than the three year course (there were about 2.5 applicants per place for the shortened course, compared to about 60 applicants per place for the direct entry (three year) course!).
That being said, since I started my nurse training nearly 12 years ago, they have been saying that they are scrapping the shortened course, so there is always the gamble that by the time you get there, it will no longer be in existence.
When you come to do your application to uni, you need to word it carefully as the same personal statement is used for all choices. I think you would need to apply for either nursing or midwifery as you won't sound committed to either. And if you opt for nursing, do not tell them you've 'settled for nursing' or mention that you want to be a midwife.
And definitely get some work experience - either paid or unpaid - in a variety of nursing/midwifery settings.
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