I am looking into becoming a nurse but would ultimately like to become a midwife, a nurse in the emergency department or a neonatal nurse.
If I study to become a nurse is it an extra year on the end to become the type of nurse above? Or can you do those 3 just being a nurse? Do you get to choose where you are within a hospital or do they just send you where they want you to go?
Then there is the degree to just study midwifery would you suggest against that if I possibly want to move into different areas of nursing down the track?
Sorry if my questions are dumb, I'm new to it all and trying to get my head around all the different types of nurses.
Any suggestions/help/guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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19-01-2012 14:19 #1Member
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Question to those studying nursing or have studied
19-01-2012 19:53 #2
Midwifery- direct entry degree or postgrad/masters
Neonatal and ED- they will hire you and you can gain the extra certs needed through them. However, if you aren't successful in employment straight away, you can get work in any area of nursing and that will open up the opportunity to gain the certs needed for neo and ed so you have what you need and apply again.
19-01-2012 23:23 #3Member
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I ultimately want to be a neonatal nurse. I spoke to the University where I live and they recommended that I do the double degree. Midwifery direct entry is not offered in my area. (Although if I traveled I could have done it)
I was told that if I did straight Nursing or straight Mid I would have a fairly good chance of doing Neonatal with either degree on their own. Doing the Nursing though would give me plenty of other options if I changed my mind or failed to gain employment in my chosen area. Midwifery would give me the slightly more directed at Newborns plus a placement on Scbu. Increasing my chances of a job offer.
If that is all totally accurate or not, I do not know. That is what some of the lecturers for Nursing (and one who has specialised in Neonate Special Care), have suggested.
I was lucky enough to get into the double degree this year. I am hoping that I have given myself the best chance. Time will tell.
24-01-2012 20:51 #4Member
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Hi, Im in my 2nd year and once you finish 3rd yr you then apply for a grad position. I want a rotation so i get experience in ED, NICU and where ever else they reccomend. That way you get to experience both sides.
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