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    Hi, I just completed my degree at Middlesex University in Adult Nursing. I start my new job as a staff nurse 10th October 2016. Feel free to ask me anything about the course, I will try my best to answer as best as possible.

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    Would you choose a Central London hospital as opposed to outer London Hospital for placements? Surely the inner London hospitals are more advanced and see more interesting cases? x
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    Well we were unable to choose our placements and had to commute to what we had been allocated. However if I was given a choice, I would prefer being in London, not because of being able to view interesting cases as you can come across interesting cases anywhere. But because in my opinion it is more busier than outer London hospital from my experience and from views of other colleagues. And I like being busy, I love fast paced wards.

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    (Original post by pblankson92)
    Well we were unable to choose our placements and had to commute to what we had been allocated. However if I was given a choice, I would prefer being in London, not because of being able to view interesting cases as you can come across interesting cases anywhere. But because in my opinion it is more busier than outer London hospital from my experience and from views of other colleagues. And I like being busy, I love fast paced wards.

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    Oh cool, what would you say was the hardest thing you had to learn on the three year course? x
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    Hardest thing I came across was learning medications. As students we are not expected to learn all medications in the BNF but sometimes I would be put on the spot and I would not know what to say. Another hard thing I had to learn was of course familiarising myself with the placement ward I was allocated and what they did and trying so hard to prepare myself for any question that may come my way. Essays were terrifying as well but it made me understand how to prioritise things and be as organised as possible.

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    what do you like and hate about what you do?
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    Did you do a placement abroad?

    Which department do you work in?

    How is Middlesex like?

    What are your plans for nex year? do you want to specialise in anything?
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    btw, what is your job offer?
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    whats a day as a student nurse like?
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    hello, can i get into nursing with double health and social care and AS applied ICT?
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    You will have to check the entry requirements and see if you will meet their criteria
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    No i didn't do any of my studies abroad. Middlesex university is a really good university however at times we disorganised but I think that is expected a majority of the time in other unis too. I have been offered a job in the acute medical unit however I am looking to specialise in hopefully cardiology or even a diabetic nurse specialist.
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    (Original post by Blackstarr)
    btw, what is your job offer?
    My job offer is staff nurse in the acute medical unit

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    (Original post by pblankson92)
    Hi, I just completed my degree at Middlesex University in Adult Nursing. I start my new job as a staff nurse 10th October 2016. Feel free to ask me anything about the course, I will try my best to answer as best as possible.

    How much science is actually taught in the nursing degree?
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    At middlesex University i would say only 10% science was taught. Unsure about other institutions.
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    (Original post by pblankson92)
    At middlesex University i would say only 10% science was taught. Unsure about other institutions.
    What was the rest 90% thaught?
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    The rest was more on legal aspects of care , reflections, presentations, exams (drug calculation and case study). Anatomy and physiology was rarely mentioned in my opinion. Although we had sessions on the sepsis, cardiology, cirrhosis, and other conditions it was not in depth. I felt we had to teach ourselves
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    (Original post by laa1519)
    Would you choose a Central London hospital as opposed to outer London Hospital for placements? Surely the inner London hospitals are more advanced and see more interesting cases? x
    Just to add to what the thread starter has already said... I trained as a paeds nurse in a general hospital. We were very busy, and saw a nice breadth of different conditions which did make it interesting enough, however I primarily learnt how to treat the simpler conditions such as asthma and diabetes etc. If you train in a specialist hospital, and therefore only do very specialist placements, you may never see the simpler conditions.

    This is not to say those who train in very specialist centres are not good nurses, quite the opposite most likely, however from a learning perspective for a student nurse it can be best to start with the basic conditions - the "bread & butter" of nursing as it were - and then specialise either as a newly qualified, or after a few years qualified experience.
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    Hi, firstly thanks for posting; it's really a good opportunity for prospective/student Nurses to ask questions. My question really would be how quick did you land a job after you qualified? Ovbiously with your start date in October, not very long, but I'm more interested in the whole job-seeking process.

    Thanks!
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    I feel like I'm gonna vomit what shall I do
 
 
 
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