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I have always had my heart set on midwifery and I have been applying on and off since I passed my access course in 2010. When I say on and off that being around my youngest two children I have had in this time and the GCSE entry requirements changed to A-B at one point and I only had C's. Anyway I noticed last year they had changed back to A-C. Finally I was invited to the selection event but after misinterpreting a question I wasn't offered a place but they instead gave me an unconditional for adult nursing. Which even in all these years of not getting anywhere with midwifery it's never been a route I was wanted to take. So now I'm torn because I want to be a midwife so much but I feel as I'm not getting any younger if I don't take this offer I will not get another chance at a uni place if future applications to midwifery are rejected. On the other hand if I take the place I will miss out being able to apply for midwifery.
The next open day isn't until June but I need to reply to my offer by May. So any help, advice or any info of what nursing is like would be very much appreciated.
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Could you not just train as an adult nurse and then do an 18 month midwifery top up course?
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I would do that but it doesn't seem to be available in any universities in this area unfortunately.
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Hi,
I have always had my heart set on midwifery and I have been applying on and off since I passed my access course in 2010. When I say on and off that being around my youngest two children I have had in this time and the GCSE entry requirements changed to A-B at one point and I only had C's. Anyway I noticed last year they had changed back to A-C. Finally I was invited to the selection event but after misinterpreting a question I wasn't offered a place but they instead gave me an unconditional for adult nursing. Which even in all these years of not getting anywhere with midwifery it's never been a route I was wanted to take. So now I'm torn because I want to be a midwife so much but I feel as I'm not getting any younger if I don't take this offer I will not get another chance at a uni place if future applications to midwifery are rejected. On the other hand if I take the place I will miss out being able to apply for midwifery.
The next open day isn't until June but I need to reply to my offer by May. So any help, advice or any info of what nursing is like would be very much appreciated.
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Hi Mel-84

Here is a student review of the course from Jenny who is currently doing Adult Nursing:

“I’m really enjoying the course so far. You do about 50% on placement and 50% on campus learning. On campus learning is both theory and practical training within the mock clinical suites which help prepare you for placement.

On placement I had a 14 week block and then a 9 week block in two “hub” places, which are your main locations for that section of placement, but within those periods you also have what are called “spokes” which are different new experiences working in a different area to your hub which might be another hospital or in the community etc with new people which are great for learning what you like and dislike when thinking of future careers.

The university will help with preparations for placements before you start, and then you’re also guided by mentors within the placement settings to shape your practical skills further, so you’re always supported - which was reassuring when I first started as in real life its always different to practice so it’s nice to know people are there. I’ve had a really good experience and so far everyone’s been so nice, I’ve met some great people and I feel like I’m able to develop the skills I find difficult to master with help from everyone. I’ve found the more you do the course the more personalised your learning gets to help you. I hope this helps!

Thanks Jenny”

Let me know if you need any further information.

Thanks,
Helen
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Hi Jenny

Thank you for the review.
Do you know what options are available to me after I have finished my degree, such as specialist roles or even a way into midwifery?

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Hi Mel-84

The university certainly encourages you and supports you through the process of finding a future career, even after you’ve graduated. We have the top-rated university careers advice service in the UK known as our ‘Careers and employability centre’ (https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/why...ort-and-advice). In addition our staff and lecturers within your chosen field are there to support and guide you, shaping your learning and skills building to suit your future aims and career prospects. Previous graduates of adult nursing have gone into working in the community, hospitals, public health, independent and voluntary sectors. Throughout your time on placement you will meet working professionals, you can get to know the different departments and the skills they are looking for. We encourage our students to ask for advice and guidance during this time to help prepare you for the world of work and see what sort of roles are available to you. Adult nursing provides you with very desirable skills for a successful career when you qualify, 99% of our students are in a professional/managerial job at six months according to data from Uni Stats.

I will have to speak to the course leaders for adult nursing and midwifery and find out what the options are if you study adult nursing, but ultimately want to become a midwife.

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Hi Jenny,

Thank you for that information, I really appreciate your help.

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Hi Mel-84

I have spoken to an academic for Nursing and Midwifery and her response is below.

"We do routinely make offers to Adult Nursing if applicants are unsuccessful at interview for our Midwifery programmes. I wouldn’t advise commencing the Adult Nursing programme if the applicant isn’t passionate about it. These are demanding and challenging courses. There are very few post -registration fast track midwifery courses in the country and getting in to these routes is much harder than the BSc Midwifery programmes. If Midwifery is her passion then I would suggest coming to the application and support sessions that we run here at collegiate, you can find them on the SHU visit us page (https://www.shu.ac.uk/visit-us/hsc-support-sessions) to help develop her interview skills. Midwifery is incredibly competitive and the standard of application is high.

As for specialist roles there are other roles she can get involved with without being a registered midwife, such as infant feeding adviser, or becoming a Doula which is a birth companion for women.

If she did take up Adult nursing she could always work in neonatal units after qualifying as currently midwifes, children’s and adult nurses work there."

Hope this helps,
Helen
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