Im doing an access course at the moment and was going to apply for midwifery at anglia ruskin Chelmsford for 2013.
My original plan was to study midwifery but for a few different reasons I'm now wondering if Adult Nursing might be better for me.
Firstly, midwifery is such a competitive area, not only with the actual process of being accepted, but jobs are few and far between from what i can tell. I live in such a rural area and with the family, it's not like I could take a position anywhere and relocate. Secondly, nursing was always what I planned to do when I left school, but I had my daughter before I could start at college and seventeen years later, here I am starting over. When I had my kids and saw the great job midwives do, I decided that I'd really like to do that at the first opportunity...but now I'm wondering if I am dedicated enough to go through the process of midwifery when my initial dream was nursing. I think maybe I've lost sight of what I want and I know that I would be happy being a nurse.
If anyone has any thoughts I'd really like to hear them. Do I spend potentially years applying for midwifery when deep down I know I'd be as happy being a nurse? And also, if someone could tell me how difficult it is to get on the nursing courses, I'd really like to know. Does anyone here go to ARU at the moment or is applying for the March intake? Im hoping I can get my diploma finished early and apply then. And one more thing, how does the clearing thing work? If I apply for midwifery for 2013 and dont get accepted, is it likely there will be spaces available for the nursing and is the nursing application process just as over subscribed as the midwifery? I know it all sounds like im not particularly dedicated to one or the other but the truth is i dont feel i have years and years to do more studying which is what i will have to do for midwifery if i dont get in for this intake, as theyre changing the entry requirements. Im hoping to do the nursing and if i dont feel as fulfilled then maybe i could do a conversion course if theyre still going then. However, I do really believe I will be as happy as a nurse as a midwife and neither will be a second best option.
hi there! sounds like you need to have a real good think about what it is you'd actually like to do. reguardless of the other factors in your life, both adult nursing and midwifery are a vocation. the one you eventually train in you'll be spending a lot lot lot of time doing so you better enjoy it!
that said, I know it is very easy to train to become a midwife if you're an adult nurse or the other way round. midwifery is definetly very competitive, but if you're born to be a midwife im sure the uni's will see that! or on the other hand maybe an adult nurse. have a good think
sorry i dont know anything about that clearing thing! good luck with stuff btw if you have any questions on adult nursing dont hesitate to ask