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Hi everyone,

I'm a current undergraduate (not in nursing) who's seriously considering going into a nursing career when I'm finished uni in Summer 2019. I've got a reasonably decent level of exposure to the field which I'm now looking to increase as I decide whether this career is definitely the one for me.

One question I had was in terms of the different 'steams' of nursing - the ability to train as an adult, child or mental health nurse. One area I'm potentially keen to work in is essentially a cross-over between two of these areas - I'm really looking into working in pediatric mental health nursing or something along those lines.

My question is whether in order to do this (if I decided it's for me), would I be better off training in child or mental health nursing? And does training in one of these three areas allow for flexibility in terms of transitioning to another branch 'post-qualification' if we decide it's not right for us? I'm struggling to find a great deal of information online in terms of how restrictive these sub-sections of nursing are in terms of working outside of them.

Thanks for any help!!

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Hi everyone,

I'm a current undergraduate (not in nursing) who's seriously considering going into a nursing career when I'm finished uni in Summer 2019. I've got a reasonably decent level of exposure to the field which I'm now looking to increase as I decide whether this career is definitely the one for me.

One question I had was in terms of the different 'steams' of nursing - the ability to train as an adult, child or mental health nurse. One area I'm potentially keen to work in is essentially a cross-over between two of these areas - I'm really looking into working in pediatric mental health nursing or something along those lines.

My question is whether in order to do this (if I decided it's for me), would I be better off training in child or mental health nursing? And does training in one of these three areas allow for flexibility in terms of transitioning to another branch 'post-qualification' if we decide it's not right for us? I'm struggling to find a great deal of information online in terms of how restrictive these sub-sections of nursing are in terms of working outside of them.

Thanks for any help!!

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Have you considered applying to a uni that does dual degrees, such as Southampton who offer a child and mental health nursing degree?

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/health...al-health.page
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Have you considered applying to a uni that does dual degrees, such as Southampton who offer a child and mental health nursing degree?

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/health...al-health.page
Hi, thanks for your reply!

I have looked into this, and the dual registration course really does seem ideal, but as I would be coming into it through a graduate-entry route, and these courses are for first-degree undergraduates, I don’t think I qualify?

I’ve struggled to find any graduate entry courses that allow for dual registration.

Thank you so much for your help!!
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Hi, thanks for your reply!

I have looked into this, and the dual registration course really does seem ideal, but as I would be coming into it through a graduate-entry route, and these courses are for first-degree undergraduates, I don’t think I qualify?

I’ve struggled to find any graduate entry courses that allow for dual registration.

Thank you so much for your help!!
You can apply for undergrad and should attract funding for it even though it’s a second undergrad.

As for changing of branches, some universities allow this whilst on the course but I don’t know if this is possible on postgrad courses, there are also some courses about that will allow you to register in another branch too post qualification.
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