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Hi,
I’m a student midwife going into second year this sept, I just wanted to see if any other healthcare students could give me advice- I’m living in halls at the minute, but due to circumstance, Im not sure if I should live at home for the rest of my degree. my university is about 1hr 30 from my hometown using public transport, which is not the problem I’m just worried about placement because the hospital I’m at is fine during weekdays, but getting there on weekends isnt looking so possible, so I don’t know what to do now. Just hoping for some advice, and if anyone else is living at home during nursing or midwifery I’d appreciate your experience. I’m going to speak to my academic advisor about this too. Thanks.
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Reply 1
Original post by mk.t12
Hi,
I’m a student midwife going into second year this sept, I just wanted to see if any other healthcare students could give me advice- I’m living in halls at the minute, but due to circumstance, Im not sure if I should live at home for the rest of my degree. my university is about 1hr 30 from my hometown using public transport, which is not the problem I’m just worried about placement because the hospital I’m at is fine during weekdays, but getting there on weekends isnt looking so possible, so I don’t know what to do now. Just hoping for some advice, and if anyone else is living at home during nursing or midwifery I’d appreciate your experience. I’m going to speak to my academic advisor about this too. Thanks.

Is your hospital nearer than your university? How would a commute to placement look for you? Is there absolutely no way you can get to placement on the weekend?
Reply 2
Original post by moonkatt
Is your hospital nearer than your university? How would a commute to placement look for you? Is there absolutely no way you can get to placement on the weekend?

Yeah the hospital is closer than uni, and I’m working towards my driving licence at the minute. To placement from home, it would be a bus to the train station, then a 30 min train, then a 15 minute walk. But on the weekends public transport doesn’t run as frequently on weekends, and the shift pattern can be anytime throughout the week.
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Reply 3
Original post by mk.t12
Yeah the hospital is closer than uni, and I’m working towards my driving licence at the minute. To placement from home, it would be a bus to the train station, then a 30 min train, then a 15 minute walk. But on the weekends public transport doesn’t run as frequently on weekends, and the shift pattern can be anytime throughout the week.

Public transport at weekends is rubbish isn't it? It's likely you will be expected to attend placement at the weekend at some point, I think you'll need to strategise for what to do if this is the case. You may have a practice supervisor/assessor who is chill and is flexible about timings for you, but I would go by the assumption that you have to be in on time and work from there. Do you know anyone who lives nearer your placement area that you could maybe stay with while on placement, people who you may be able to car share with, or family who might be able to help out? It's good you're working on your driving licence, will you have access to a car once you have one?

It's a good plan to talk to your acacemic assessor, they'll likely have some useful suggestions for you too.
Reply 4
Original post by moonkatt
Public transport at weekends is rubbish isn't it? It's likely you will be expected to attend placement at the weekend at some point, I think you'll need to strategise for what to do if this is the case. You may have a practice supervisor/assessor who is chill and is flexible about timings for you, but I would go by the assumption that you have to be in on time and work from there. Do you know anyone who lives nearer your placement area that you could maybe stay with while on placement, people who you may be able to car share with, or family who might be able to help out? It's good you're working on your driving licence, will you have access to a car once you have one?
It's a good plan to talk to your acacemic assessor, they'll likely have some useful suggestions for you too.

Yes it’s bad on weekends 😭. That’s a good idea, I might have to stay with people on the nights or days I have weekend shifts, and I’m saving for a car 😊. And yeah, I hope my advisor will be able to help, or just give me advice because this is quite stressful to think about! Thank you for your kind advice ☺️☺️

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