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Nursing Career with a open university degree?

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    Has anyone or know anyone who has got a good nursing career with an open university degree? I'm looking into as i am a single mother of 2 also caring for my mum im 19 and have tried college but being able to do my work from home will be alot easier for me. I am a bit concerned as some people have said i may not be able to get a good job with a degree from OP. Can anyone help?

    My understanding is that if you want to do a nursing degree (ie train so you're a nurse at the end of it) with the OU, you have to be working as a healthcare assistant or similar, and have the support of your employer to undertake the course. This is because there are a lot of very hands on, practical aspects to nursing, and the training requires that you spend time working with patients in a healthcare setting. So, it's not that an OU degree is inherently something you won't be able to get a good job with; it's that this specific job requires specific training.

    You could, possibly, look at whether you could do an OU degree in a related subject - like Health & Social Care, perhaps - and then do further 'accelerated' study elsewhere after you graduate, to qualify as a nurse. I believe this would take another couple of years (full-time). You'd need to check whether the course you were doing initially would be acceptable to accelerated programmes, and to look into the funding arrangements for doing this, though.
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