Please Help RE: Nursing Watch

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Hello Nursing Students,

I really would appreciate your help with this .

Abit about me first:

Im a Healthcare Assistant on a Isolation Unit (Nicknamed the CDT or d/v ward lol).

I have GCSE's only and no A-Levels:
English B
BTEC Science Merit Merit (BB)
Maths D
ICT Pass Pass (CC)
BTEC Drama Pass Pass (CC)
BTEC Music Pass Pass (CC)

As the requirement for DipHE Adult Nursing is English+Maths at C level I have signed on to my Trusts run Maths course (Keyskills) which I have been accepted on to so.

What are my chances of getting onto the course with the above information. Including if I can put a pending result for the Keyskills maths.

Please if you need any more information ask because im seriously worried about all this for some reason!

I have not applied but I am wondering if I can apply for next years entry.

I have not started my personal statement either!


PS: My signature says about Paramedics but its a long story... Its about nursing at the moment and im serious about it! (A+E Nursing).
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if you can strike now to a course on dipHE, I see no reason why you couldn't get accepted. However, if you **** around a couple more years until all the dipHE courses are closed, I suspect you will struggle.
Great there was a problem with the dipHE though.

I heard you cant go far with a dipHE in nursing. (As in progressing up the ladder.)

My personal goal is to probably be (Emergency or just) Nurse Practioner or even higher really.

Do you have any ideas about that? Thanks
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Great there was a problem with the dipHE though.

I heard you cant go far with a dipHE in nursing. (As in progressing up the ladder.)

My personal goal is to probably be (Emergency or just) Nurse Practioner or even higher really.

Do you have any ideas about that? Thanks

You can do something with it, if you graduated probably 3 years ago and more, but to end up in a specialist area or management you do need atleast a degree. If you went the DipHe route, most universities will let you top up, like i have in 2nd or 3rd year, so even though i started on the diploma in my 1st year, i'm now studying and will graduate at degree level.

One word of advice though- go into nursing open minded, if you want to end up in critical care, fab- but you're going to have a long hard slog of a few years working in different areas, different placements you may not want to do and get fed up. There was one bloke in the cohort above me, lovely guy, ex-army and went into nursing in his twilight years, wanting to end up in A&E, but has ended up just getting bored, fed up of what he considered boring placements, and when working with me, his mentor asked if he wanted to asisst in a turn, he said 'i dont need to do much more work with that, im going to be an A&E nurse'. Similar story with another student who wanted to go into theatres, on her management told her mentor she didn't want to bother doing drugs round as she'll be a theatre nurse and won't use it...silly bints! I'm not saying you'll end up like that, or have that attitude- but an open mind will mean you'll get the best out of your patients, it's a very bad idea to go into the course with one career in mind- as there are so many outthere you may miss one which is best for you!

Incidentally, i went into the course wanting to go into gynae after..and am now considering endocrinology/critical care!
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You can do something with it, if you graduated probably 3 years ago and more, but to end up in a specialist area or management you do need atleast a degree. If you went the DipHe route, most universities will let you top up, like i have in 2nd or 3rd year, so even though i started on the diploma in my 1st year, i'm now studying and will graduate at degree level.

One word of advice though- go into nursing open minded, if you want to end up in critical care, fab- but you're going to have a long hard slog of a few years working in different areas, different placements you may not want to do and get fed up. There was one bloke in the cohort above me, lovely guy, ex-army and went into nursing in his twilight years, wanting to end up in A&E, but has ended up just getting bored, fed up of what he considered boring placements, and when working with me, his mentor asked if he wanted to asisst in a turn, he said 'i dont need to do much more work with that, im going to be an A&E nurse'. Similar story with another student who wanted to go into theatres, on her management told her mentor she didn't want to bother doing drugs round as she'll be a theatre nurse and won't use it...silly bints! I'm not saying you'll end up like that, or have that attitude- but an open mind will mean you'll get the best out of your patients, it's a very bad idea to go into the course with one career in mind- as there are so many outthere you may miss one which is best for you!

Incidentally, i went into the course wanting to go into gynae after..and am now considering endocrinology/critical care!
Thanks for your help!

I currently work on the Isolation Ward working with Norovirus, Diarrhoea, Vomiting, MRSA, CDT. So I sort of understand what your saying, if I was a Staff Nurse on the ward im on now it would be total opposite to A&E Staff Nurse.
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no offence mate, but i am glad i dont do you job.
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no offence mate, but i am glad i dont do you job.
Your glad your not a Healthcare Assistant or have I mis understood?
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Your glad your not a Healthcare Assistant or have I mis understood?

isolation wards = pooey wards lol
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isolation wards = pooey wards lol
That is what I thought he was saying but wasn't sure lmao!

Hopefully being on a difficult ward like that will help with my University application.

I am getting really really stressed about it because I just feel stuck!
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That is what I thought he was saying but wasn't sure lmao!

Hopefully being on a difficult ward like that will help with my University application.

I am getting really really stressed about it because I just feel stuck!

its not necessarily difficult..just..you'd be better not having a good sense of smell
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its not necessarily difficult..just..you'd be better not having a good sense of smell
Oh the smell is revolting.

Its a newly built isolation unit with 13 rooms. 8 Rooms on the left side are pressure air single rooms and the smells not that bad there because there air gets pressurized but it makes you feel abit weird! But the 7 rooms on the right are just single rooms all 13 rooms have no windows and the rooms on the right are very very stuffy. So you can imagine the smells when your locked in that room dealing with a patient who has vomited and had type 7 diarrhoea after having fish and chips with plenty of salt and vinegar. All them smells mixed into one stuffy room!
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Hi hope this helps... I got a D for maths at GCSE (8 years ago!) I was very disappointed with this so I took a Key Skills Level 2 in application of number course to top it up whilst I was studying a BTEC National Diploma at college. I now have 160 Tariff points + 10 GCSE’s 2 A’s, 3 B’s, 4 C’s and only the 1 blimmin D!

However I have been Rejected for all Nursing courses at the UEA as they say they don’t recognise any non academic qualifications (in their eyes anything other than GCSE's or A Levels!)

Anglia Ruskin University have said I meet all there entry requirements for DipHE and the BSc courses and I’m awaiting further news! (Fingers crossed) so my advice is to check individual universities for there entry requirements some are fussier than others and if you get rejected by one don’t give up try somewhere else!

Good Luck! x
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Hi hope this helps... I got a D for maths at GCSE (8 years ago!) I was very disappointed with this so I took a Key Skills Level 2 in application of number course to top it up whilst I was studying a BTEC National Diploma at college. I now have 160 Tariff points + 10 GCSE’s 2 A’s, 3 B’s, 4 C’s and only the 1 blimmin D!

However I have been Rejected for all Nursing courses at the UEA as they say they don’t recognise any non academic qualifications (in their eyes anything other than GCSE's or A Levels!)

Anglia Ruskin University have said I meet all there entry requirements for DipHE and the BSc courses and I’m awaiting further news! (Fingers crossed) so my advice is to check individual universities for there entry requirements some are fussier than others and if you get rejected by one don’t give up try somewhere else!

Good Luck! x
Thank you very much, that did really help ! Goodluck please let me know how you get on
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