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Adult Nursing Nursing verses Midwifery course structure

Discussion in 'General Nursing Discussions' started by Ginger, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Ginger

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    Hi everyone! I am in a pickle about which course I should go for! I have an interview for nursing after being rejected for the midwifery course. I was told that the nursing and midwifery course are very similar for the first year or so and that you learn similar things. Does anyone know what parts are similar and different? The midwifery course must be similar to nursing if you only have to do an 18 month top to do midwifery! Also if I did nursing am I more likely to get on the midwifery top up course? Be great to hear from people who have done this..
     
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  2. Bexstar3

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    All nursing courses are the same in the first year before splitting into more branch specific areas. I suppose due to the nature of this it could be similar to midwifery, alot of 1st year looks at the fundamentals, the a&p, communication etc side of things which you would need regardless.
    I'd say throughout the course they are the only things which are similar, the communication and a&p. Nursing covers a broad spectrum of things whereas midwifery is obviously pregnancy/ childbirth etc. In my whole nurse training I only did one small module on pregnancy. It's a step towards the 18month course but think about it before hand, nursing it tough, your heart has to be in it.
     
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    I can't see how it's similar at all, A&P yeah but other than that it's quite different
     
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  4. CuComber

    CuComber Head of SMNET Nurse & RN

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    Hi Ginger congrats on your interview :)

    As previously mentioned the A & P might be similar and ethics maybe?? Basic skills would also be covered on both courses as well as basic life support/load management/fire safety. But I think there is a huge difference between them also.

    If you will enjoy and embrace the 3 years of nursing then great, go for it!! But if midwifery is your one and only aim I would think very carefully as not all uni's offer the conversion and I believe competition is even tougher than for the 3 year midwifery programme. It will be a very long hard three years if your heart is not in it, but if it is, I can assure you the hard work will pay off!! :)
     
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  5. Nanny Plum

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    I haven't really much to add to the CuComber fab post

    Have you thought about doing a mindmap? Think of the role, why you want to do nursing, your transferable skills ect. If you're only applying for nursing to try and get accepted onto the conversion that's it quite a risky option as if you're doing a course just as a stepping stone, you may find it harder (emotionally) then people who want to do nursing, you may have to work x number of months first, before you can apply for midwifery.

    maybe go for the interview and see how you feel afterwards. I am sure that the uni would rather interview you and you not to accept a place, then to accept a place and leave the course once you start.

    It's hard I know, I've been there 3 times myself. Give yourself time to consider how you feel. At present I don't regret doing nursing. What I will do when qualified, I don't know as I have interests in critical care, gynae or I may apply for the conversion. Who knows,I have a lot to learn and experience over the next 3 years.

    Good luck with what you decide to do x
     
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    nursing is very different from midwifery. And you may find that the closest you get to midwifery is working on a gynae ward. Also they are phasing out the conversion courses in quite a few unis so best to look into whos doing it where you want to study. Also some unis want 6-12 months experience as a nurse before you can get onto the conversion course. sorry to be so down its just that if midwifery is what u really want going the nursing route seems sooooooo long unles you are really interested in that too. xxx.
     
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  7. MrsMop007

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    i have heard they are phasing out the 18month conversion course for the past 20 years but some are still going. I don't know why they want to phase. anyway, good luck in whatever you decide to do.
     
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    At my uni u have to work as a nurse at least 6 months before u can do the conversion x
     
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