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I am applying for nursing for a 2020 intake as a mature student. I have decided to go for a child's nursing but worried about my experience. I work as a support worker for adults with autism and other learning difficulties. Would this experience be enough to justify applying for a child's nursing course or should I focus on general adult nursing?
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Hi all,
I am applying for nursing for a 2020 intake as a mature student. I have decided to go for a child's nursing but worried about my experience. I work as a support worker for adults with autism and other learning difficulties. Would this experience be enough to justify applying for a child's nursing course or should I focus on general adult nursing?
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I feel like depending on where your studying the course, it is more concerned about your qualifications than your experience. Personally I think you can only do so much with child nursing but with general nursing you can work on so many different wards (cancer ward, renal ward, fracture ward etc.). And I am actually having the same problem with choosing but I spoke with former and current nurses who all specialised in child or general nursing and from the information I got given I was actually surprised at how rewarding the general nursing is because I was actually swaying towards child nursing. Maybe trying volunteering in a local hospital. That might help.
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I feel like depending on where your studying the course, it is more concerned about your qualifications than your experience. Personally I think you can only do so much with child nursing but with general nursing you can work on so many different wards (cancer ward, renal ward, fracture ward etc.). And I am actually having the same problem with choosing but I spoke with former and current nurses who all specialised in child or general nursing and from the information I got given I was actually surprised at how rewarding the general nursing is because I was actually swaying towards child nursing. Maybe trying volunteering in a local hospital. That might help.
But experience can maybe be an advantage in some cases!
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I feel like depending on where your studying the course, it is more concerned about your qualifications than your experience. Personally I think you can only do so much with child nursing but with general nursing you can work on so many different wards (cancer ward, renal ward, fracture ward etc.). And I am actually having the same problem with choosing but I spoke with former and current nurses who all specialised in child or general nursing and from the information I got given I was actually surprised at how rewarding the general nursing is because I was actually swaying towards child nursing. Maybe trying volunteering in a local hospital. That might help.
Thanks. I do see your point with more scope in general nursing. I have seen a course in child nursing and mental health dual qualification so will be applying for that. Working in mental health, which I enjoy, I might look a little further (I'll have to commute from home, but max 1 hour) and find something in that. Hard choice as all three interest me!!!
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Thanks. I do see your point with more scope in general nursing. I have seen a course in child nursing and mental health dual qualification so will be applying for that. Working in mental health, which I enjoy, I might look a little further (I'll have to commute from home, but max 1 hour) and find something in that. Hard choice as all three interest me!!!
It definitely is a hard choice to make. I’m applying for general nursing in 2021 and going for a gap year. Hope everything goes well for you!
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I literally could have written this post myself ! I am 31 and have decided to go to uni to do children’s nursing . My closest experience was being a support worker for adults with learning disabilities , which I did before I had my kids . I am trying to get some volunteer or hca work before the course starts .
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