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So I finally bit the bullet and applied to uni to do Nursing. I am 35 with a toddler. I got offered a place for Children's Nursing and a place for Adult Nursing at Suffolk University which I am ecstatic about.

However, now I have to make the big decision and choose between the two! My first choice has always been Children's Nursing as I have worked with ventilated children for the last 8 years. I applied for Adult Nursing as a back up as I knew that Children's Nursing was a very competitive course to get on to.

But.... I am now doubting my decision after spending weeks researching and looking for Children's Nursing jobs in Suffolk. Is it true that there just aren't as many opportunities for Children's Nurse's?

I want to make sure I am doing something that gives me the best possible outcome and that I am able to work around my young daughter.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Do I go with my heart or the practicality of Adult Nursing?
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Hi ; I’m not really sure about your question tbh but since you are literally new to being accepted to uni for your nursing degree - I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about the interview process and what it entails ?? I’m absolutely horrendous at interviews and I’m a bit worried as it’s my sole purpose in life and the interview could get me rejected . I know some uni’s do 1-1 and others do group interviews . Any information would be great. Thanks so much and all the very best with whatever course you decide xx
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Hi Guys

So I finally bit the bullet and applied to uni to do Nursing. I am 35 with a toddler. I got offered a place for Children's Nursing and a place for Adult Nursing at Suffolk University which I am ecstatic about.

However, now I have to make the big decision and choose between the two! My first choice has always been Children's Nursing as I have worked with ventilated children for the last 8 years. I applied for Adult Nursing as a back up as I knew that Children's Nursing was a very competitive course to get on to.

But.... I am now doubting my decision after spending weeks researching and looking for Children's Nursing jobs in Suffolk. Is it true that there just aren't as many opportunities for Children's Nurse's?

I want to make sure I am doing something that gives me the best possible outcome and that I am able to work around my young daughter.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Do I go with my heart or the practicality of Adult Nursing?
If you like the idea of being flexible with your career go with Adult nursing, but if you think you would prefer children go for that! Ive applied for children nursing but no offers yet. With children nursing there are more limited roles but still a lot within a hospital setting and the community, just might be more tough to find one but still always needed! I hope whatever you decide turns out the best for you!
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Hi ; I’m not really sure about your question tbh but since you are literally new to being accepted to uni for your nursing degree - I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about the interview process and what it entails ?? I’m absolutely horrendous at interviews and I’m a bit worried as it’s my sole purpose in life and the interview could get me rejected . I know some uni’s do 1-1 and others do group interviews . Any information would be great. Thanks so much and all the very best with whatever course you decide xx
Hi Emma,

Well my interview's were both with the same uni - Suffolk so I can only speak for that one. The first interview was for Children's Nursing and I found it horrendous. I was 100% convinced that I would never be offered a place. The Children's interview consisted of group work and then an individual interview. My main piece of advice, (I'm assuming you're applying for Nursing), is to prepare. I did lots of research on the role of a Nurse and lots of other potential answers. I wouldn't say that the group work was much to worry about but just make sure you're fully prepared. Good luck!
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If you like the idea of being flexible with your career go with Adult nursing, but if you think you would prefer children go for that! Ive applied for children nursing but no offers yet. With children nursing there are more limited roles but still a lot within a hospital setting and the community, just might be more tough to find one but still always needed! I hope whatever you decide turns out the best for you!
Thank you for your reply and good luck with your offers!
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Hi Guys

So I finally bit the bullet and applied to uni to do Nursing. I am 35 with a toddler. I got offered a place for Children's Nursing and a place for Adult Nursing at Suffolk University which I am ecstatic about.

However, now I have to make the big decision and choose between the two! My first choice has always been Children's Nursing as I have worked with ventilated children for the last 8 years. I applied for Adult Nursing as a back up as I knew that Children's Nursing was a very competitive course to get on to.

But.... I am now doubting my decision after spending weeks researching and looking for Children's Nursing jobs in Suffolk. Is it true that there just aren't as many opportunities for Children's Nurse's?

I want to make sure I am doing something that gives me the best possible outcome and that I am able to work around my young daughter.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Do I go with my heart or the practicality of Adult Nursing?
There are more opportunities for adult nurses because there are more adult nurses. Simple. However, children's nurses are always needed and there will always be specialist roles appearing at times, even if they're not as frequently available as for adult nurses.

Please go with your heart. I've seen the difference it can make to people who have started training as an adult nurse and have changed to another branch - they've been so much happier. If adult nursing is typically "you", do it - if children's nursing is (which it sounds like it is), please go with it. Make yourself happy in your job.
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Hi Guys

So I finally bit the bullet and applied to uni to do Nursing. I am 35 with a toddler. I got offered a place for Children's Nursing and a place for Adult Nursing at Suffolk University which I am ecstatic about.

However, now I have to make the big decision and choose between the two! My first choice has always been Children's Nursing as I have worked with ventilated children for the last 8 years. I applied for Adult Nursing as a back up as I knew that Children's Nursing was a very competitive course to get on to.

But.... I am now doubting my decision after spending weeks researching and looking for Children's Nursing jobs in Suffolk. Is it true that there just aren't as many opportunities for Children's Nurse's?

I want to make sure I am doing something that gives me the best possible outcome and that I am able to work around my young daughter.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Do I go with my heart or the practicality of Adult Nursing?
I have a friend who works for 111 as a child branch nurse and she has never has any difficulty getting jobs, the RN Qualification counts, she has never Found it limiting and I know another who is just completing her training to work in a gp practice as a practice nurse.
I believe you cannot become a midwife if you are child branch trained, as I remember.
There are some specialties in adult nursing that you cannot do as a child branch nurse but I would argue that you cannot do certain things as adult nurse in children’s nursing areas.i know a SARC nurse has to be child branch trained to do examinations on children.I have a feeling in the future they will be making the transition easier with government plans to allow different disciplines to move into different fields.
i would go with what you love 💓
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Hi, I have a place at university of Suffolk for September for children’s nursing so was really interested to see if you had made a decision? In regards to jobs if you have been looking online they tend to do recruitment days a couple of times a year to co-inside with the universities plus advertise any other roles throughout the year. So there are definitely jobs out there they just advertise at specific times. Hope that helps 😊
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Hi, I have a place at university of Suffolk for September for children’s nursing so was really interested to see if you had made a decision? In regards to jobs if you have been looking online they tend to do recruitment days a couple of times a year to co-inside with the universities plus advertise any other roles throughout the year. So there are definitely jobs out there they just advertise at specific times. Hope that helps 😊
Can I please pick your brain to what sort of interview questions I can expect as I have my interview next Thursday.
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Can I please pick your brain to what sort of interview questions I can expect as I have my interview next Thursday.
Wow that’s late! I had mine in December! It was a lot of scenarios, a group interview and an individual one. Just do your research and be confident 😊
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Wow that’s late! I had mine in December! It was a lot of scenarios, a group interview and an individual one. Just do your research and be confident 😊
I’m assuming you were successful 😊
Congratulations on your place.
Yes I know it’s late, thought I wasn’t going to be offered interview but did read another thread that indicated UEA interviews may be later.
others have had interviews for UEA already but some quite recently,think the coravid situation has not helped.
Hoping it means I’ll have quick reply 😊
Can I ask if you have looked into grant yet as I cannot see any application information anywhere, or do you get that given to you when you are successful.
I have done lots of research and work in the nhs already, I’m well versed on health promotion, 6 c’s of nursing and children’s safeguarding.
Is it common sense questions or do they throw anything you felt was interesting?
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Yes I was successful 😊 I have applied and received my student loan and maintenance loan confirmation but the £5k info has not been realised as of yet. They don’t give you any info once you get a place (my uni didn’t anyway) so you just have to sort it yourself. I studied everything I could think of for the interview and honestly I didn’t need most of it, but better to be prepared. Good luck!
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Thanks will do some more preparation this week, like you I’d rather be over prepared.
I’ve looked into loans and know how to start that process, it was just the grant information that seems a bit elusive 😊
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Hi, I have a place at university of Suffolk for September for children’s nursing so was really interested to see if you had made a decision? In regards to jobs if you have been looking online they tend to do recruitment days a couple of times a year to co-inside with the universities plus advertise any other roles throughout the year. So there are definitely jobs out there they just advertise at specific times. Hope that helps 😊
hello please is it ok for you to tell me what and what thy ask you at your interview as have got my tomorrow 9am please if u will like to put me up pls
the uni is south bank
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Hi Emma,

Well my interview's were both with the same uni - Suffolk so I can only speak for that one. The first interview was for Children's Nursing and I found it horrendous. I was 100% convinced that I would never be offered a place. The Children's interview consisted of group work and then an individual interview. My main piece of advice, (I'm assuming you're applying for Nursing), is to prepare. I did lots of research on the role of a Nurse and lots of other potential answers. I wouldn't say that the group work was much to worry about but just make sure you're fully prepared. Good luck!
Hi Emma,
please have got a telephonic interview tomorrow please any tips,suggestion what they will ask on children nursing
thanks
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hello pls can anyone help me out with question i will be ask on my intview on children nursing thanks
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hello pls can anyone help me out with question i will be ask on my intview on children nursing thanks
can't help you with the questions but you could try my interview prep tool I am developing. It is still a v.early version so constructive feedback would be amazing!


Thanks!

https://interviewpreptool.herokuapp.com/

(p.s. it is desktop only for now, and safari seems to be playing up a little but all the other browsers should be fine)
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Know the 6 c’s of nursing
How you would treat children and parents with respect
Why you want to be a child branch nurse
What a children’s nurse is
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Hi Guys

So I finally bit the bullet and applied to uni to do Nursing. I am 35 with a toddler. I got offered a place for Children's Nursing and a place for Adult Nursing at Suffolk University which I am ecstatic about.

However, now I have to make the big decision and choose between the two! My first choice has always been Children's Nursing as I have worked with ventilated children for the last 8 years. I applied for Adult Nursing as a back up as I knew that Children's Nursing was a very competitive course to get on to.

But.... I am now doubting my decision after spending weeks researching and looking for Children's Nursing jobs in Suffolk. Is it true that there just aren't as many opportunities for Children's Nurse's?

I want to make sure I am doing something that gives me the best possible outcome and that I am able to work around my young daughter.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Do I go with my heart or the practicality of Adult Nursing?
Hello, congratulations on your offers! Can I ask how you wrote your personal statement to include both adult & child? As I have been told to only choose one branch as you need to tailor your personal statement to reflect your passion on your chosen branch and writing about another branch would deter the university.
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