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Experience as a nursery nurse

Discussion in 'Personal Statements' started by princess pink, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. princess pink

    princess pink New Member

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    Thinking ahead here about personal statements; i have been reading how writing about your personal job experience is very important and am just wondering how i could link my experience as working as a nursery nurse to being beneficial in wanting to study midwifery?

    I work in the baby room at my nursery too but am unsure how to mention this in a positive way as i know that 'liking babies' is something they don't want to hear as a reason to wanting to become a midwife and i don/t want to come across that my interest in babies is the drive behind my application:? xxx
  2. Mkunga

    Mkunga Guest

    You could look at it in relation to resonsibility - caring for one baby is a massive responsibility, and caring for more than one is incredibly challenging (my sister used to work in a baby room in a nursery and it was damn hard work!).

    Also look at the skills you need to do your job. I can imagine patience is one that you draw on every day and is incredibly important.

    Try breaking down the every day things you do in a day at work and think about what skills and attributes you need to do that job and do it well - I bet you can find loads that are related to midwifery in a woman-centred way, rather than a baby-centred way.
  3. MammyKissta

    MammyKissta New Member

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    Hiya

    You could write loads from this, without saying you love babies lol

    Comunication skills- With the families of the children, maybe in complicated situations. Then say how you could link it to midwifery.

    Time managment- How you did it and how you can link it again.

    Hope this helps hun xxx
  4. PurpleStar

    PurpleStar Well-Known Member

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    Just to add, also mention confidentiality and filling out paperwork accurately, eg accident book, attendance records, their diary if they have one etc.

    Also try and think if theres been any specific occassions where you have really had to think on your feet, such as a childor staff member becoming very unwell, or an accident.

    Also think about how you communicate with the parents, any awkward situations such as people arriving to collect children you weren't expecting (we had an awful situation in the nursery I worked in where a father wasn't allowed to collect the child, yet he regularly turned up - was awful!). How you regularly prioritise your work based on what each baby needs at that moment, importance of following policies and procedures, hygeine etc etc.

    Also maybe something about observing the babies all the time, even if you are doing something else, you are always keeping half on eye on them, especially if they aren't quite themselves.

    Sorry for the ramblings lol.
  5. Beetle709k

    Beetle709k Well-Known Member

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    I have worked within the early years and childcare sector for 15 yrs.

    It has provided me with tremendous skills.

    Book keeping, accounts, bugeting, stock rotation,
    Communication, support, advice, daily care plans, outings and risk assessments, diary keeping/logs, hygiene training, first aid, regular updated training, child development planing and records. Self evaluation of practice and skills.

    Attending conferences, giving talks to fellow collegues at meetings and for my time as a chair of the county!

    You are in a similar possition of trust here to that of a midwife. The woman places herself in your care instead of her child, but the principles behind this are the same..

    All advice here i go with......

    I took 8 drafts befor i was happy with my ps!!! so take time, relax concentrate and as everyone has said, make a l;ist of your daily routine and what yuo do. Then pick out the actual skill involved in it

    Good luck xxxx;)
  6. Mrs H

    Mrs H Well-Known Member

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    Beetle709k, what part of the industry are you in? Your job soundsvery similar to mine and I ama childminder. x
  7. princess pink

    princess pink New Member

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    :)Wow! Thanks Ladies!! Looking at your suggestions has given me loads of things to think about!The thought of writing a personal statement and having that one chance to 'sell' myself gives me mind block :? :?lol. Thanks so much for the ideas :) they are a great help xxxx
  8. wannabamidwife

    wannabamidwife Active Member

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    I work within the Early Years Sector too and like you, I used to work in the baby room for some time at a local day nursery. I linked
    loads of the skills I had as a nursery nurse to midwifery... including all of the above that people have stated... and mentioning about development (that beetle brought up)... I said in my PS that I educated parents on the stages of thier childs development and how as parents and carers we can work together to help thier child to develop healthily and within milestones. I also compared this to educating parents antenatally about thier unborn babies development and how as a midwife parents will rely on you to adivse them on how to keep thier baby healthy...i.e eating healthily, regular moderate exercise and keeping stress to a minimum etc etc... As a midwife you are an educator, sometimes without even meaning to be, and as a nursery nurse you are an educator not only to the babies and children in your care but the parents too.

    As a nursery nurse do you have your first aid at work and emergency child aid certificate.. you can use this...first aid is something that you do in your first week at uni before you go on placement it has to be done.

    I also related the baby care I provided to care of the newborn.. bathing, dressing, feeding etc.. midwives will help women and show women how to bathe thier babies, help them dress them and offer feeding advice if needed.
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    I used my old job (nursery nursing) in my PS. I just talked about working with families and in a team, being responsible for someone else ........ xx

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