Which is the most and least competitive nursing branch?

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Minniemousexx
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I know child nursing is the most competitive branch but out of adult and mental health which has more applicants per place?
I'm trying to decide between adult and mental health at the moment and I know how competitive it is shouldn't be a factor but I would like to weigh up my chances of getting into each!
Do unis value personal experience of looking after someone with physical or mental health problems or are they just looking for some clinical experience really?

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I think out of adult and mental health nursing branches, adult nursing may have more applicants, but may not necessarily be easier to get into...i definitely think that personal experience is valued as well as clinical, as i have no clinical experience in nursing but have personal experience and received an offer
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Adult nursing has more applicants, however typically, adult nursing takes a lot more than mental health nursing does.....one uni I know of had say 400 go for 38 places for mental health nursing, but around 1200 for 200 places on adult nursing, so there is a higher per cent chance of getting into adult nursing, however you need to know exactly why you are picking the branch you want to do...one of questions you may be asked is why did you pick adult/mental and not the alternative...which one do you feel yourself going towards and being able to give a better explanation and understanding? I had very little clinical experience, however have a lot of personal experience with regards to mental health and I received an offer for mental health nursing....I think once you reach the interview stage, it goes on how you come across as opposed to what experience you have. But a bit of clinical experience is also useful with the personal statement.
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Thank you both, your responses are really helpful

I think I need to find out some more information about each branch and maybe try and get a bit of experience in both to help me decide.

In mental health nursing, how much of it is to do with caring for physical health of the patients/ doing others things associated with adult nursing e.g. injections, wound dressing etc and how much is related to discussing mental health issues with the patient?
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I would say learning disabilities nursing. Have you considered this?
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(Original post by Minniemousexx)
Thank you both, your responses are really helpful

I think I need to find out some more information about each branch and maybe try and get a bit of experience in both to help me decide.

In mental health nursing, how much of it is to do with caring for physical health of the patients/ doing others things associated with adult nursing e.g. injections, wound dressing etc and how much is related to discussing mental health issues with the patient?
from what the university has said, in the first year of mental health nursing you learn all about general nursing, the injections, wound dressing etc and then in the second and third years you specialise into the mental health side. But on the whole, I don't think mental health nurses deal with as many physical health problems as adult nurses, I guess that woul depend though on the area of work you went into afterwards.
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