I know that here in new Zealand they got rid of the shortened nurses course a few years ago and nurses doing bmid only get abt four papers (basic health science papers) equalling one semester shorter. They also extended our bmid to a four year degree to align it with UK training and hours and I heard from a midwife in Oz that the plan was to head along that same track gradually in Oz too... Dunno how far off that is though
Hi all - long time no speak! Busy first year at GU Mid - finally on holidays with the kids!
I just wanted to jump in on the dual degree debate in Qld and tell you what I was told. In light of the maternity reform agenda, all BMid programs will need to meet certain requirements to be deemed a suitable program - this will mean meeting international best standard as far as clinical hours, coc numbers, skill level, etc go. I was told that as the duals don't meet either (full three year nursing or mid) they are no longer being offerred. Also, the Bmid programs re registereing will have to meet these standards, ie, minimum 20 cocs with 20 hours with each, over 100 anc, etc, etc.. (WHat I was told from a reliable ACM source).
When I was applying last year I researched and researched, worried about the DEM issue. I've since found out that in the near future you will no longer be able to be a RN doing post grad Mid, because it won't meet these standards for Midwives. Therefore, only Bmid graduates will be the in the next wave of midwives.
As far as GU goes, my experience as a 1st year has been fantastic - supportive lecturers, other students and Qhealth staff. Intensives are 100 percent compulsory - even PT students do coc (dependent on subjects obviuously), and although flexible - don't expect and easy ride. I was at the hospital every friday for clinical hours with the lecturer, 2 shifts per week, coc appointments, online lecturers and normal academic load. This is not a walk in the park degree!
We are although so very lucky to be hands on from the get go - we learn soooooo much in a practical sense. Consider it an apprenticeship degree combined. They make no aplogies that they are improving and fixing any hassles year to year - remember this is only the 3rd intake to Griffith for Midwives. That being said, I had a 3rd year student at my clinical site from another Uni tell me that she felt she was at the same level as our students at 18 months on graduation. Also - masters student saying much the same. This degree is in depth and it needs to be remembered that it isn't nursing - pregnant women are not sick if they are having a normal pregnancy. A lot of the program will focus on the normalities of this, and also help set you up to practice privately.(YEHA)!! (eg, suturing, etc).
So, Congrats to the new GU Middies! See you at intensive - Cheers!
As a 3rd year GU midi student (2012), I concur that this degree is "no walk in the park"!! Agree that the lecturers are terrific & the QHealth staff have been much better prepared to support your cohort from the beginning & this can only get better & you are right...there have already been considerable improvements to the BMid course & this will be ongoing which is why feedback is so valuable from both students and hospital staff.
So glad that you have experienced a great 1st year.
I recieved my orientation booklet in the mail 2 days ago outlining all of the course requirments - now it seems so real. And reading your posts, its making me super excited (and a little bit nervious too).
I have handed in my blue card application and Federal Police check, I've booked my first aide course for January and have my doctors appointment today for my immunisations. So much to do, suppose its getting my head in the game to be organised for the work load next year. Nevertheless, it'll all be worth it!!!
In the booklet it says that I can start clinical as soon as all my prerequistes are met! I'm assuming I can get going then straight away at ANC recuiting women - fun.....
Looking forward to it just happening already!
I havent been around for awhile, but I am so very happy that i can finally say that by the end of the year i will be an RM
FINAL YEAR here i come!
I hope you all had an amazing xmas and an equally amazing New year!
Blessings to you all
Hi all, hope everyone has had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
I haven't been in here for a while - some may remember that I was expecting and due in June this year. Well, we lost out bub a few weeks ago.
Feeling... well, I don't really know. Obviously it's just horrible for my partner and I as this is our second loss for 2011.
Anyway, I've decided to change preferences and instead of accepting my Grifith midwifery offer I took an offer to study at ACU. I'm really hoping I've made the right decision!!!
Anyone else at ACU?
I am sorry for your families loss OneLove. Hugs to you.
I am at ACU, nursing though. I hope a Middy student sticks there head in here for you.
AlexWP - One year to go, I am loving this feeling.
I'm just looking at the ACU timetable and am struggling with understanding it!!!! what am I doing wrong I've studied at ACU before and I still can't make sense of it!
I think because for my BA and DipEd there was only 1 time and 1 lecture for each subject.... how and when do you select your preferences for lecture/tut/prac times???
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