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    Hey everyone,
    It's been my dream for as long as I can remember to be in healthcare, and since 10 or 11 to be a midwife. I'm starting an extra year of A-Levels next week and I'm not sure what to do. It doesn't seem likely at the moment that my grades will be ideal for midwifery or nursing.
    What I'm thinking of doing is applying to nursing. One reason is because at my work experience (weekly 2 hour voluntary shift on a post-natal ward since Nov 2014) the nurse practitioner told me that no matter how much I wanted to be a midwife I should apply to nursing to keep my options open, as there's a good chance I'll find something else I love, and I can still go into midwifery from nursing. I'm pretty sure I would be perfectly happy being a nurse and can definitely see myself finding a field that I love in nursing that isn't midwifery...if that makes sense.
    Another reason is that to me it seems that nursing may be less competitive and dare I say slightly easier to get into?
    I'm looking for people who may have any advice to offer on my situation, any comments on what I've said, anyone in a similar position, anyone who needs advice for their situation, literally anyone with any loose link to my query!
    Many thanks-ANY reply appreciated!
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    Yes you are right nursing isn't as competitive because there are more places than midwifery. I've always wanted to do midwifery also and I was also interested in health visiting. I was told exactly the same as you when I was about 18 so I went on to do an access course and my plan was to go down the nursing route and become a midwife abit "later" and a health visitor even later! But now I've completely changed my mind. Don't want to be either of those. I want to be a surgical nurse. Possibly an a&e nurse when I'm more experienced. I went out with health visitors for a day during my placement.....absolutely not for me at all. So i was very glad I did that. The nurse you spoke to was right you will probably find a nursing field you want to do and midwifery won't be as appealing anymore. The nursing route if definitely the best way to do it. Will take you abit longer but who cares! One thing I will say though is do not mention in your personal statement or interview that you want to be a midwife that's why you are going into nursing because they won't give you a place. I hope this helps! And good luck whatever you decide!
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    Thank you wbnurse! I think the only thing that was holding me back was the fact that I've had my heart solely set on midwifery for so long, needed to realise that I'm not completely ridding myself of the chance to be a midwife by doing nursing! Thank you so much, like I said all advice is appreciated!
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    In some slight contrast to the post above...
    I would say if you want to be a midwife then do it. The NHS and training etc is continually changing. There is no guarantee by the time you qualify as a nurse there will be the 18 month courses still around. A few universities have stopped doing these due to funding etc. So then you may have to do another 3 years to train as a midwife.
    Ultimately I'd suggest getting some more experience, speaking to midwives and student midwives for some advice on your personal statement etc and apply directly for midwifery.
    You could also end up hating the nursing course because it isn't where your interests lie. You have to do many placements in different areas and people will always prefer one area over another as it's where their interests and passion lies. But it yours is in midwifery then it may make things a lot harder for you too.
    Yes it's hard and it is competitive but who's to say you won't be successful?

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    (Original post by deviant182)
    In some slight contrast to the post above...
    I would say if you want to be a midwife then do it. The NHS and training etc is continually changing. There is no guarantee by the time you qualify as a nurse there will be the 18 month courses still around. A few universities have stopped doing these due to funding etc. So then you may have to do another 3 years to train as a midwife.
    Ultimately I'd suggest getting some more experience, speaking to midwives and student midwives for some advice on your personal statement etc and apply directly for midwifery.
    You could also end up hating the nursing course because it isn't where your interests lie. You have to do many placements in different areas and people will always prefer one area over another as it's where their interests and passion lies. But it yours is in midwifery then it may make things a lot harder for you too.
    Yes it's hard and it is competitive but who's to say you won't be successful?

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    Completely agree but as far as the 18 months is concerned I can't see that ever being stopped. Just because some specialist areas require you to have both dual quals as RN and midwife. Also I've been told your role as a midwife alone limits you somewhat to what roles you can do. But I'm not completely hot on the subject I will be honest. Just going off what I've learned as initially wanting to do midwifery.
 
 
 
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