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    Hello ladies!! I just would like to say how much i enjoy reading the posts!! I am getting all my documents together to apply for a mid course next year. Hopefully at Griffith Logan. I am so excited, i can't wait. What a shame that we have to wait for 6 months to know if we are in or not!!! How did you all cope with the waiting?? Thank you for sharing your time and experiences!!! x

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelgc View Post
    Hello ladies!! I just would like to say how much i enjoy reading the posts!! I am getting all my documents together to apply for a mid course next year. Hopefully at Griffith Logan. I am so excited, i can't wait. What a shame that we have to wait for 6 months to know if we are in or not!!! How did you all cope with the waiting?? Thank you for sharing your time and experiences!!! x
    Good luck with getting a place

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    Did everyone get their results? I passed everything yay!! Got 79, 79, 61! So three distinctions (so close to HDs lol) and 1 credit very happy!

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    Well done! We don't get ours till Sunday night/monday.

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    Congratulations!!! Well done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHJ View Post
    Well done! We don't get ours till Sunday night/monday.
    Good luck!!

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    I ladies, I'm looking for some advice on study options for nursing/midwifery. I posted a separate thread but had no luck so am hoping I will get some great advice here

    My passion is for midwifery and had been accepted to study this year but deffered (personal reasons). So I know the option of the 3 yr direct entry but have been mulling over whether or not to try and include nursing.

    So I guess I have quite a number of questions with regards to which way to go and how to go about it! Here goes...

    Even though my main goal is to become a midwife I *think* I would also enjoy nursing. Is it better to have both nursing and midwifery qualifications when apply for jobs? If so, why? If not, why? Does it make you more employable? Is there more scope for higher pay over time?

    I have a degree and a post grad. qual. I've realised I could do a graduate entry nursing degree of 2 years! and then I could go on to do post grad. midwifery. Has anyone done this? Where did you study? What's the best external study option? The benifit of doing it this way would obviously be gaining both quals in 3 years! Can I be employed as a nurse and then be sponsored to study the midwifery? If I did the study in this way, would I be looked upon as more of a nurse than a midwife? I also think if I did it this way I'd be missing out on the 3yrs of study purely dedicated to midwifery and that is the area I am most passionate about....


    Oh gosh, that is probably enough questions for now! I hope you can make sense of that mess! SO many questions to ask!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLove View Post
    I ladies, I'm looking for some advice on study options for nursing/midwifery. I posted a separate thread but had no luck so am hoping I will get some great advice here

    My passion is for midwifery and had been accepted to study this year but deffered (personal reasons). So I know the option of the 3 yr direct entry but have been mulling over whether or not to try and include nursing.

    So I guess I have quite a number of questions with regards to which way to go and how to go about it! Here goes...

    Even though my main goal is to become a midwife I *think* I would also enjoy nursing. Is it better to have both nursing and midwifery qualifications when apply for jobs? If so, why? If not, why? Does it make you more employable? Is there more scope for higher pay over time?

    I have a degree and a post grad. qual. I've realised I could do a graduate entry nursing degree of 2 years! and then I could go on to do post grad. midwifery. Has anyone done this? Where did you study? What's the best external study option? The benifit of doing it this way would obviously be gaining both quals in 3 years! Can I be employed as a nurse and then be sponsored to study the midwifery? If I did the study in this way, would I be looked upon as more of a nurse than a midwife? I also think if I did it this way I'd be missing out on the 3yrs of study purely dedicated to midwifery and that is the area I am most passionate about....


    Oh gosh, that is probably enough questions for now! I hope you can make sense of that mess! SO many questions to ask!

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    Hey there One Love!

    You raise many of the same questions I have been mulling over myself. I don't know if I can give you solid answers, but here are some thoughts anyway:

    * I have asked approximately 7000 people (including many midwives and nurses) their opinion of whether it is better to do the dual, or just train as a direct entry midwife. And I have seriously gotten 7000 different opinions. It seems to be split pretty evenly between those who think the direct entry is better and those who recommend the dual. So I guess the take-home from that is that there probably IS no ideal route, and that you need to consider your own circumstances, interests and future plans to make the decision. One thing the lovely flowerfae told me is that many of the dual degree programs have less emphasis on midwifery than the DE BMid, which is fine - you can still be employed as a midwife in Australia. However, if you wanted to work in say, NZ or the UK, you wouldn't be recognised as a midwife (something to do with the number of hours you do in the course). So that is something to keep in mind.

    * Again with the dual, there seems to be a few interesting trends happening: One is that a few universities have been dropping the dual in favour of doing DE only. However, when I looked at the QTAC course guides released recently, there is a higher ranking for the UQ dual degree than for the UQ BMid, which suggests to me more people are wanting to get into the dual degree. However, a previous poster on this thread (studentmidwifeipswich) noted that at her university, the BMid graduates had more success finding jobs in the most recent intake than the dual degree graduates. That is one example, but make of that what you will...

    * If there is even the slightest chance you will be living outside of a major metropolitan area in the future, it may not be a bad idea to consider the nursing - the smaller regional and rural hospitals still have a preference for dual trained professionals.

    * If you wanted to specialise in NICU or Maternal and Child Health Nursing, I believe that at this point you still need to actually be an RN as well.

    * Like you, I also have a previous Bachelor's degree, so have been looking at the option of graduate entry nursing (much shorter!). However, from my research around there are a few things to keep in mind with doing the nursing + post-grad midwifery route: a) You need to work as an RN for a certain amount of time (1 or 2 years, I think - someone may correct me if I'm wrong) before you can apply for the postgrad program. Also, the way the postgrad is run is that you are actually employed by the hospital as a student midwife (ie: being paid!), so the places are limited and quite competitive. So you could well end up being an RN for a number of years before getting on to "do your mid", which could be disheartening if, like me, your real passion lies in midwifery.

    So yeah - I understand where your head is at. It is crazy making! I actually feel a little sorry for myself too, as due to my geographical location it is looking like I have no choice but to enrol in the dual degree for 2013, when my absolute first preference would be to do the DE BMid. I am insanely envious of those with a number of courses/universities to choose from!!

    Anyway, feel free to come back and think out loud some more ... hopefully we can help each other along as we try and find the right path.

    And to everyone else, congrats on the good results getting around!

    Also, studentmidwifeipswich and any others who have recently finished their degrees and started working under their own registration, how is it going? Is it everything you'd always hoped it would be?

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    Wow, thank you Parksider! some really great points there that will definitly help me make the ultimate decision.

    So are you saying with the Grad. Mid. qual. you actually have to be employed as a nurse to apply?

    Do you know much about the differences in salary with DE mid vs Nursing/Mid? What opportunities for career growth and/or higher paying roles?

    Like I said midwifery is where my passion falls but I just want to make the best decision I can. It's good to know there is someone else trying to figure this out too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLove View Post
    So are you saying with the Grad. Mid. qual. you actually have to be employed as a nurse to apply?

    Do you know much about the differences in salary with DE mid vs Nursing/Mid? What opportunities for career growth and/or higher paying roles?
    Yes, my understanding is that before applying for the post-grad mid, you need to have a certain amount of experience working as an RN (min. 1 - 2 years I think?). And then before starting the course you need to be accepted as a (paid) student midwife by a hospital.

    Re the pay levels - there was some discussion of this a few pages back if you want to have a flick back. There seems to be some conflicting evidence around that, but I believe the consensus in the end was that a RM and a RN/RM are generally paid about the same. There is also similar opportunity to progress, although whether you are an RN or RM, you need to do further work/study to achieve this :-)

    Good luck with your decision!


 

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