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    Posted: 17 July 2007 at 8:36pm
hi there,

Wondered if i may be able to have some help, ive been wanting to start nursing so a long time now, and eventually specialising in midwifery.
The problem is though, i am only 19, so dont have alot of life experience behind me, and people sometimes go against that...

Also all my GCSE's are D's so i dont meet the requirements of 5xC.

I really dont know how to start, and im open to any advice that any1 may be able to give me.

Many thanks!!

Jo xx


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  Quote Pure Maiden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 July 2007 at 9:29am
Hello jowalling and welcome to Nurserve

If you do no have the required GCSE's to go straight to university then you can do an acess to nursing course, these vary in lengh and can be anything from 6 months to 2 years. You will need to ask around at your local colleges and unis to see where they offer this course.

The other option is to try and get a Healthcare assistants role and work to get your NVQ3 which is also an entry level to study nursing and is sometimes better as your earning whilst learning. The hospital or place or work may even second you to do your nurinsg course which means they pay you at your working rate whilst you study at uni which is usually much better that the bursary that you get for studying, but you may have to agree to work for them when you qualify for a period of time!

I hope this helps.
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  Quote Lulu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2007 at 1:34am
nursing and midwifery are two different professions and id advise if its purely midwifery your wanting to do you should go down the direct route.


you will need 2 good passes at A levels or equivalent (eg access course).

if you want to be a nurse first then i just wanted to advise that many shortened midwifery programmes for adult nurses have been stopped and only a handful of unis offer these so if you do nursing first midwifery may not be an option unless you do the 3 year course anyway, so as long as your content to be a nurse then do nursing.

not meaning to put you off just trying to make you aware of the hanges currently underway.

good luck with your application
Lulu EN RN RM FPC


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