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    Becoming a nurse/midwife..which route to go.

    im undecided about whether to go into nursing and then midwifery or straight into train to become a midwife..not sure if its better to have basic nursing under your belt and then to specialise. You used to be able to do a shortened 18 month course if you were a nurse in order to become a midwife but not sure if its still available. Anyone advise me on how i would go about getting into this...i e what qualifications do i need before i go to uni...how long it will take..if its a full time (by that i mean 5 full days a week) course.How do i apply for course.when can you? Im currently a health care assistant in a hospital to gain experience within the healthcare environment...but am eager to set the ball rolling on starting the studying. How did you go about either and did you find it hard? thanks so much for everyone that helps me.

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    youd be best checking online prospectus's for your local colleges as they will have details of when u can apply etc. If your over 21 you could maybe do an access course which is like a fast track into uni.

    well you can do an access course, its a one year course (for mature students who dont have the normal entry requirements for uni). Then you can go down the midwifery or normal nursing route at a uni. Access courses are great, I did a social science one - no exams. Im now in my final year of uni doing law

    Also, the access course I did was full time (ie one year) but we were only in uni two or three days a week. Its like an introduction getting you ready for uni.

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    tinkerbell28;4802731

    Better to do a 3 year diploma in adult branch nursing THEN specialise. As … Better to do a 3 year diploma in adult branch nursing THEN specialise. As you will be able to do both then, it's more flexible.Do the diploma first as you will get a bursary, Soton uni are good.Bournemouth for midwifery, although it can be very competiitve.You can do an access course to get into uni, as evening classes if you wish, 2 nights a week over a year would see you complete it.



    can you do a nursing or midwifery access course and anywhere local to me? thanks rep to you.

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    bargainhunter2009;4802716

    well you can do an access course, its a one year course (for mature … well you can do an access course, its a one year course (for mature students who dont have the normal entry requirements for uni). Then you can go down the midwifery or normal nursing route at a uni. Access courses are great, I did a social science one - no exams. Im now in my final year of uni doing law



    thanks:thumbsup:

    Seriously, can you become a midwife if you're a bloke?

    And if not, ain't that sexist?

    Shambolic;4802842

    Seriously, can you become a midwife if you're a bloke?And if not, ain't … Seriously, can you become a midwife if you're a bloke?And if not, ain't that sexist?



    yes you can :thumbsup:

    bitseylango;4802845

    yes you can :thumbsup:



    Thanks, I've always wondered about that. :oops:

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    yes there is one in southampton hospital near me

    Shambolic;4802861

    Thanks, I've always wondered about that. :oops:



    wouldnt have bothered me if I had a male midwife at my births, but i guess there are women who would object :roll:

    bargainhunter2009;4802742

    Also, the access course I did was full time (ie one year) but we were … Also, the access course I did was full time (ie one year) but we were only in uni two or three days a week. Its like an introduction getting you ready for uni.



    I did access social science too - and got my placement into uni, however i didnt go to uni as i became pregnant at the time. Id totally recommend access too, they give you loads of support since yuor a mature student and realise a lot of people in the course may be 'out of touch' or great for people with children as they are quite flexible around this too. They are recommended for people without qualifications to get into uni or even just to get you back into the swing of things before going to uni... or if not uni they also get you onto HNC/HND courses if you have no qualifications at all.

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    bitseylango;4802876

    wouldnt have bothered me if I had a male midwife at my births, but i … wouldnt have bothered me if I had a male midwife at my births, but i guess there are women who would object :roll:



    i had plenty of men examine me so wouldnt have mattered if they delivered my daughter...lol

    bitseylango;4802876

    wouldnt have bothered me if I had a male midwife at my births, but i … wouldnt have bothered me if I had a male midwife at my births, but i guess there are women who would object :roll:



    By the time you actually get to the birth you've had so many people mooching around in your nether regions you don't care who's about when you have your legs in a pair of stirrups, add to that the terrible pain you're in and personally I wouldn't have cared it E.T had offered to deliver my daughter! lol

    mamamia7;4803080

    i had plenty of men examine me so wouldnt have mattered if they delivered … i had plenty of men examine me so wouldnt have mattered if they delivered my daughter...lol



    tinkerbell28;4803084

    LOL, so true.



    same here......in a medical sense of course..........Im sure the porter popped his head in at one stage! :-D

    ChipSticks;4803119

    By the time you actually get to the birth you've had so many people … By the time you actually get to the birth you've had so many people mooching around in your nether regions you don't care who's about when you have your legs in a pair of stirrups, add to that the terrible pain you're in and personally I wouldn't have cared it E.T had offered to deliver my daughter! lol



    +1 so so true made me smile and remember my pregnancy and labour, would give you more rep but i need to spread the love x


    ps
    lol @ mooching

    and it was a man who did my stitches afterwards !!!

    flowers172;4803246

    and it was a man who did my stitches afterwards !!!



    ooooh, I had a right palarva after I had my daughter, I tore through a vein and the midwife kept stitching it up, but it wouldn't hold, then a doctor tried, in the end they ushered in this little old nurse, she looked a hundred and four, they said she was a stitching expert... must have been all that patchwork she did cuz she sorted me out in no time lol

    Do you want to be a nurse or a midwife? The two are VERY different jobs. I went straight into midwifery and I wouldn't recommend doing your nursing first - it's a totally different job and requires a totally different mindset.

    As far as where to do it, Bournemouth Uni is far and away your best shot. Some weeks you'll be in uni 4 days a week, others just 1, but the rest of the time you'll be in practice. It's bloody hard work to hold down a second job to keep the money flowing but it can be done, and it IS all worth it in the end!

    PM me if you want any more details x

    You mention you are a health care assistant. Many Trusts have schemes where you can be seconded to do nursing training. You are still employed by the Trust and paid wages and are financially better off compared to student nurses.......

    Well worth investigating.....

    Have a look at the NHS Careers website
    nhscareers.nhs.uk/

    Some other information here
    careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/hel…93/

    Including this bit
    With around one to two years' experience as a healthcare assistant in the NHS (plus NVQ Level 3 in Health), your employer may agree to second you to nurse training. On secondment, you would receive a salary whilst studying. After you qualify as a nurse, your employer may expect you to work with them for around two years.

    If you become a nurse first then do midwifery when you qualify you will need to decide whether you want to be able to practice as both or just one. To be a registered nurse or midwife as you need to do a specified amount of practice in either profession in three years to maintain your registration i.e. if you work as a nurse mainly you need to do so many hours as a midwife to keep your registration and vice versa. The professions are entirely different once you have qualified. I hope this makes sense. see [url]www.nmc.org.uk[/url] for more information.
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