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    Default exciting times

    Hi guys, this thread looks like a perfect place to get some more info
    I just got the results from my stat teat and looks like i did enough to qualify for dual degree at ecu WA. I just hope to be one of the 35 that gets a place.
    Im trying to get as well prepared and knowledgable about what uni will bring financially etc. Im wondering how much my book list will be per semester or per year? And if you think id be able to maintain a job on weekend days as well as the full time study?
    Also ive heard that we have to be fully immunised but i know that i have no immunity to rubella as ive had 3 x booster shots and nothing has taken, will this be an issue?
    Thanks so much, this is such an exciting life change for me but its still a little daunting!

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    Hi Andrea,

    Congrats on getting that application in I find it is a relief to not have to think about it anymore.

    Would love to catch up for a coffee I have applied part- time. I intend to complete course over 4 years, but would be very happy to go over 5 years also(just to get the home /study life in balance). I don't really like feeling stressed all the time and Am not in a hurry

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    Exclamation Hi Everyone

    My name is Sofi and I'm new to this forum.I actually don't have any children but I found your forum regarding midwifery and nursing really useful so I thought I would post my question on here.

    I currently am finishing my degree in international relations. I've decided during my degree that midwifery is something I am passionate about and I would especially love to work for MSF from time to time, helping women and newborn children in developing countries.

    I'm in NSW at the moment so I can choose between doing a B of Midwifery or a B of Nursing followed by post grad diploma training in midwifery. Unfortunately in NSW there is no combined nursing and midwifery degree otherwise there would be no dilemma for me.

    I tried making a list as to which one I should do but am still having difficult deciding. I would prefer to study midwifery but I've read that it's hard to get a job just with the qualification of a RM alone, I can do midwifery and then do a masters in nursing but then that's 5 years of studying. If I do nursing and then try to get a grad position as a midwife, it's 3.5 years of studying but it's quiet competitive trying to find position so there's no guarantee. So basically I can take a longer route that will def mean I come trained as both a RN and RM. Or I can take the second route which may not get me to the ultimate goal I want.

    So any advice? If a trained midwife wanted to be a registered nurse is there a shorter course or way she can do that? Any advice would be very much appreciated, especially for those who know about how it all works in NSW.

    Please help.
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticid View Post
    My name is Sofi and I'm new to this forum.I actually don't have any children but I found your forum regarding midwifery and nursing really useful so I thought I would post my question on here.

    I currently am finishing my degree in international relations. I've decided during my degree that midwifery is something I am passionate about and I would especially love to work for MSF from time to time, helping women and newborn children in developing countries.

    I'm in NSW at the moment so I can choose between doing a B of Midwifery or a B of Nursing followed by post grad diploma training in midwifery. Unfortunately in NSW there is no combined nursing and midwifery degree otherwise there would be no dilemma for me.

    I tried making a list as to which one I should do but am still having difficult deciding. I would prefer to study midwifery but I've read that it's hard to get a job just with the qualification of a RM alone, I can do midwifery and then do a masters in nursing but then that's 5 years of studying. If I do nursing and then try to get a grad position as a midwife, it's 3.5 years of studying but it's quiet competitive trying to find position so there's no guarantee. So basically I can take a longer route that will def mean I come trained as both a RN and RM. Or I can take the second route which may not get me to the ultimate goal I want.

    So any advice? If a trained midwife wanted to be a registered nurse is there a shorter course or way she can do that? Any advice would be very much appreciated, especially for those who know about how it all works in NSW.

    Please help.
    Thank you!
    I am entering my last year in a BMid. My uni offers great community engagement projects too. I am about to head to Timor Leste to volunteer and engage in some health promotion. I too want to one day work with MSF so this opportunity is great.
    If you are passionate about mid you don't need nursing. Midwifery is a stand alone profession that is separate from nursing and yes I agree grad years in mid can be difficult to acquire but nursing doesn't help. Some grads end up on bank or getting positions that aren't classified as grad years so all hope is not lost. If you are interested in MSF you just need some experience post grad and the ALSO training.
    Good luck with your further studies.

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    Thank you alomumma and meredithgrey! I appreciate you taking the time to answer

    If NSW had a combined nursing degree, I would be over the moon. And I would like to do both. I would prefer to study the B of Midwifery over nursing because I'm scared I'll do nursing and not secure a post grad spot in Midwifery. But then doing both degrees separately will take me 5-6 years. I don't want to study that long.

    Does anyone know of any courses of programs a person who has done a B of Midwifery can do in order to be recognized as an RN?

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    Have been lucky enough to have met 2 RMs who are not dual qualified and both have done several MSF missions. You just need at least 12mths postgrad and the ALSO training. One came and spoke to for one of our units too. Got me even more excited to finish and get prepped to help out. The ALSO training is about $2000 so you would want to be in paid work to afford it lol! But they have also mentioned on their website experience in rural/remote areas is a desirable. So working out in indigenous communities (something I already plan to do) will help you in having the right skills for MSF. The midwife who spoke with us also did this a few times in her amazing globetrekking career! She was an inspiration.
    As for post grad nursing. I know there is some talk of creating a 2yr course like there is for nurses to become mids.

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    Hello. I've applied to study bachelor of midwifery at ACU Melbourne in 2015, sitting my STAT on November 22nd. Brushing up on some maths today. It will be my first time studying at tertiary level and I will have a 10 month old and 3 year old. I will be doing first 2 years part time. Such exciting times! Good luck to all other applicants. Such a long wait for offers!

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    Hi guys, Just wondering how you go supporting yourselves while studying? I've been thinking about doing the bachelor of midwifery for a while but keep putting it off because I am concerned about how I would continue to support my family while studying. I currently work full time in security, which I do enjoy and there is plenty of money to be made in security, however I've always wanted to become a midwife and long term I think it is a better option. I'm also sole parent to my 7yr old daughter. Although I have family support when it comes to babysitting I don't have any financial support available and would need to keep earning money to pay bills while studying. Is it possible to keep working enough to support my family while studying?

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    Hi all,

    Flickod - I am just trying to get my head around that too! I can't keep doing my current job, so will need to resign. I figure we (as in my family) can survive for a few months while I see how demanding the course is and get myself into some routines and then will start looking in earnest. If needed, I will just get some casual work on weekends etc to help out the finances.

    Annabelley and Rhiannon92 - can I confirm with you guys when you understand we will know if we have secured a spot. The course convenor indicated to me that we would know by about mid December, but someone at the admissions office just told me we won't know until February because it's a ranked course and so competitive. Do you know which is right? I'd really like to know before next year if possible as I have to organise afterschool care etc and resignation from work etc. Not to mention that I am not sure I can wait that long !!!!

    Andrea

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    Haha Andrea i know how you feel!!

    I think usually you should find out in December....thats when first found offers go out. Second round offers could be available in January if people end up rejecting their offers. It sounds weird that they told you February because semester one starts in February!

    I'm doing a preparation course and i won't get my results until the end of 2014 so i probably won't know until January some time Who is the actual course convenor?

    The suspense is horrible!
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