We do venepunture.
We do venepunture.
Thank you for the clarification on the suturing/cannulation issue. My info was from the two courses I am looking at (one a BMid, the other a dual) - I had just assumed that all BMids were "created equal", and that the skills gained at the end would be the same regardless of which program you went with. Very interesting!
So, new question for all the student nurses and midwives:
What is something that you wished you could have known before starting your course? This could be anything to do with the course itself, lifestyle changes etc etc. Any input much appreciated!
How mentally/emotionally draining doing prac is. Especially when your trying to complete assignments/study for exams.
How political midwifery was (Yeah I was a tad ignorant at the beginning)
How b*tchy the people in the hospital/program got.
That it doesn't matter how much the uni tells you that they care, are family-friendly, will always be there to support you etc at the end of the day their an educational institution and will follow those academic and program rules and regulations to the absolute letter.
Marks don't matter that much when it comes to getting a job (not that in the way that it would in Law etc). If you've been getting passes/credits in the theory work and have awesome clinical references then you'll get a job over someone with a GPA of 7.0 but isn't that good clinically. Noone really cares if you know the intricate details of cellular function of the digestive system, they'd much rather see you be able to care for a woman with confidence and knowledge.
Last edited by wannawannabe; 15-09-2012 at 14:55.
Very well said wannawannabe! I agree 100%
+ all programs are not the same. It's worth looking into the differences.
Ooooh yes - definitely about the programs!! Whilst you come out with the same degree each uni delivers it differently especially in terms of when and where you do practicals (e.g UQ we did 2-3 days a week instead of block placements and stayed at the one hospital for the three years) and you need to make sure it will suit you and your household arrangements
Anyone have any interview tips to share? Haven't had one yet but am feeling very nervous about it all. Writing a cover letter is also like doing an assignment! any tips welcomed
Cover letters should go something along the lines of.
dear boss woman
i wish to apply for a full time/part time graduate midwife position at awesome hospital. I am currently studying bachelor of mid at brilliant university in awesome town and will be able to commence work in February once I receive my spray registration.
I have spent my third year placement at awesome hospital working in antenatal clinic, birth suite etc and believe that awesome hospitals graduate program is the best pplace for me to develop me skills and experience as a newly qualified midwife. I received lots of support/loved working at awesome hospital and would love to return next year.
I have also completed placements at big scar y hospital where I worked in the high risk clinic and little lovely birth centre where I gained experience in low risk normal labour/birth. This wide range of experiences have given me solid grounding for practice as a grad midwife.
I also have worked at Coles for the last 5 years where I have developed excellent communication and problem solving skills which I have applied to my midwifery practice.
<<add in any selection criteria they wish you to address>>
I look forward to hearing from you regarding my application
Also quick question, did many of the Griffith girls get an interview at gold coast public? I didn't get short listed at all, and figured they probably only interviewing people who did prac there?
RE: GC interviews. Some Griffith students who didn't do their placement there applied but didn't hear anything either. But, the GC girls said they heard the hospital had selected applicants based on proximity to the hospital for interview. I also think that they are probably just interviewing from the people who did their placement there.
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