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Get into Nursing & Midwifery A Guide to Application and Career Success

By Sarah Snow Copyright 2012
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book is a helpful companion for those hoping to become nurses or midwives. Applications to nursing and midwifery courses are on the rise, and with limited university places available, competition is high.

    This accessible guide, packed with up to date and practical information, will guide you through all stages of the admissions process and maximise your likelihood of success.



    Preface ix

    List of contributors xi

    Key facts xii

    Acknowledgements xiii

    Chapter 1 An Introduction to the professions 1

    Why be a nurse or midwife? 2

    What is it like being a nurse or midwife? 5

    What skills and attributes do I need to be a nurse

    or midwife? 18

    Midwifery specifics 20

    Nursing specifics (Jo Rouse) 24

    Summary 29

    Further reading 30

    Chapter 2 Starting the journey 31

    Entry routes 32

    Examples of university courses 36

    ‘But I’m still not sure’ 46

    Summary 48

    Open day checklist 50

    Chapter 3 Application and selection 52

    Completing the application form 53

    Selection days – a ‘bird’s-eye’ view 64

    How to be successful at interview (Sarah Holling) 71

    ‘I’m worried that I won’t get a place because I have dyslexia/

    a criminal conviction a / health problem 90

    Summary 97

    Interview checklist 98

    Selection day resources 100

    Interview survival kit 101

    Example interview questions 102

    Chapter 4 Pre-course preparation 103

    Start-up skills 104

    Save money 105

    Organise a back-up plan 105

    Refresh study skills 106

    Health and well-being 108

    Emotional intelligence 109

    Summary 111

    Friendly pre-course reading 111

    Annotated bibliography tool 113

    Chapter 5 Planning for adversity: building resilience 114

    Older and wiser (Martin Spurin) 115

    From a student’s point of view 120

    The successful student (Kim Russell) 124

    Summary 129

    References 131

    Index 133