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    Hi everyone
    My name is Julie, I'm 31 and I'm a married mum to a brood of 5 children ranging in age from 7-13.
    I have recently applied to do the one year access to nursing and midwifery full time course at South Leicestershire College and went for my skills test yesterday which I think I did pretty well in(23 out 24 in both English and Maths).

    I am very, very organised and like to plan way ahead of myself so I have a few questions that I hope you can assist me in please.
    Are they any mature students that have studied nursing at DMU?
    How hard is the course to get into? I have no formal qualifications since I took my GCSE's in 1998(eeek!!). Nursing has always been something that I wanted to do but I chose to do things a bit topsy turvy and have my family first and my career later in life. I am very, very excited at the thought of putting my brain to some good use on the access course but petrified of not being offered a place at university. Obviously with the children I am very limited to where I can study so DMU with be my first choice with Northampton at a push as my second choice. What are my chances of being turned down? My attendance record will be good at college and I aim for my work to be of a good standard too but that fear at the back of my mind of rejection is never far away!
    Can anyone think of any work I can undertake where I have no experience whatsoever?? Every single HCA job I find requires me to have past experience and I am sure I will be turned down for the degree if I haven't shown willing to further myself. I had the idea of writing to various local nursing homes and offering my services free of charge for a few hours each week to gain some experience but I'm totally clueless to whether I will be completely laughed at!! I have a list of other volunteer agencies too that I shall contact. Is this the right way to go about things or am I getting too ahead of myself?
    How many of you work and have young families? My husband works full time and earns an average wage and I currently work 16 hours a week(in a dead end betting shop). I plan on giving this up in August or asking for a zero hour contract as I dont want to be kept away from the children anymore than necessary and we understand we shall have to tighten our belts a lot!!
    Anyone currently on the degree course..... what are your hours like? Whether you are first, second or third year? I have a very supportive husband and extreamly supportive folks who will be helping me out with childcare 'if' I get accepted on a degree course.
    I am petrified, nervous, worried etc so any help you can give me in any of my questions will be gratefully recieved.
    I'm an internet addict so I'm sure you will all be seeing a lot of me in the coming weeks/months/years!!
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    Hi Julie
    Your story is exactly like mine I'm trying to get my head around access (just applied) and having no GCSE qualifications seems to not be accepted by dmu.
    How have u got on since this post I would love to hear.
    Thanks natalie.
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    I've got no direct experience of applying for nursing, but I heard enoug stories about the experiences my fellow students when applying.
    It is important to have some experience of a healthcare setting, as they want you to know what you'll be getting yourself into. So do look to get experience at a local nursing home or somewhere similar. You won't be laughed at as people looking to gain work experience/voluntary are a common feature. Maybe ask your college for some assistance in pointing you in the right direction. And, yes, contact the volunteer agencies.


    A lot seems to rest on the nursing interviews, so, if possible, speak to someone who has been through the process. It will make the actual event seem less daunting.

    Best of luck on your access course and application.
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    Hi thanks Quantex..unlike Julie I've worked in the Heath sector for 15yrs on and off in various settings and job roles so the experience side of it I'm not that worried about..it's the thought of having to do GCSE maths and English again at 33 that scares me if dmu require it as well as the access I'm feeling overwhelmed but have asked if they'd accept a foundation skills pass in both so fingers crossed.
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    Hi Julie did u start on the access course? Similar to you I'm also thinking about nursing as a future career and have two little ones to also think about.
    Would love to hear how you're getting on?
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    (Original post by Julie1310)
    Hi everyone
    My name is Julie, I'm 31 and I'm a married mum to a brood of 5 children ranging in age from 7-13.
    I have recently applied to do the one year access to nursing and midwifery full time course at South Leicestershire College and went for my skills test yesterday which I think I did pretty well in(23 out 24 in both English and Maths).

    I am very, very organised and like to plan way ahead of myself so I have a few questions that I hope you can assist me in please.
    Are they any mature students that have studied nursing at DMU?
    How hard is the course to get into? I have no formal qualifications since I took my GCSE's in 1998(eeek!!). Nursing has always been something that I wanted to do but I chose to do things a bit topsy turvy and have my family first and my career later in life. I am very, very excited at the thought of putting my brain to some good use on the access course but petrified of not being offered a place at university. Obviously with the children I am very limited to where I can study so DMU with be my first choice with Northampton at a push as my second choice. What are my chances of being turned down? My attendance record will be good at college and I aim for my work to be of a good standard too but that fear at the back of my mind of rejection is never far away!
    Can anyone think of any work I can undertake where I have no experience whatsoever?? Every single HCA job I find requires me to have past experience and I am sure I will be turned down for the degree if I haven't shown willing to further myself. I had the idea of writing to various local nursing homes and offering my services free of charge for a few hours each week to gain some experience but I'm totally clueless to whether I will be completely laughed at!! I have a list of other volunteer agencies too that I shall contact. Is this the right way to go about things or am I getting too ahead of myself?
    How many of you work and have young families? My husband works full time and earns an average wage and I currently work 16 hours a week(in a dead end betting shop). I plan on giving this up in August or asking for a zero hour contract as I dont want to be kept away from the children anymore than necessary and we understand we shall have to tighten our belts a lot!!
    Anyone currently on the degree course..... what are your hours like? Whether you are first, second or third year? I have a very supportive husband and extreamly supportive folks who will be helping me out with childcare 'if' I get accepted on a degree course.
    I am petrified, nervous, worried etc so any help you can give me in any of my questions will be gratefully recieved.
    I'm an internet addict so I'm sure you will all be seeing a lot of me in the coming weeks/months/years!!
    It will depend what branch of nursing you want to get into. For example, mental health is less competitive because fewer people are interested in it and it is harder to get relevant work experience. But children's is the most competitive for the opposite reasons.

    Work experience does not always have to be 'relevant'. It is about showing good communication and people skills.

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