Hello, Can anyone be of help to me? I have been away from Nursing for several years now, but was an Enrolled Nurse. I am very interested in undertaking a conversion course I live in the North West close to Wigan. Can anyone help me as I have not found any information on the web. Do these courses still exist if so what would your advice to me be? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I too am a level 2 registered nurse (as the NMC please to call us enrolled nurses now) working in the nhs. You can gian 120 credits to enable you to access degree level modules via the APEL route at most universities I believe. According to the NMC this will then make you the same as anyone on Level 1 and entitle you to the same pay and job opportunities, although you will not be on level 1 of the register. I have done this through Plymouth uni and have just completed a post reg. degree. Due to the confusion which still appears to exist however, I am now thinking of converting. Glamorgan do run a course and the next to start is in December.
Well there does seem to be an enormous amount of confusion as to what is and what is not the same! Maybe it is all in my head as those I have spoken to seem to think. I am level 2 working in NHS ( and have to say am paid and respected the same as any other band 5) have been looking for a suitable course for 4 years since returning to nursing. Yes!!! I have found not 1 but 2 and was really excited. Now not so since finding out that my NHS Trust cannot support me at all. I have been to every person that would listen only to be told that there is no funding for a course whereby no one stands to gain. I was asked each time WHY? do you want to do it? Well now why? Is it because I so often see job advertisements stating you must be level 1 or the guidelines from NMC stating you need to be level 1 to manage a care home or be a sign off mentor for student nurses or certain university courses that state level 1 is required such as nurse prescribing? Yes I think I want to do it because there ARE restrictions made! I already have BSc (Hons) Degree in Health Studies and several post graduate courses but YES I do feel reluctant to apply for promotion because of the fear of knock backs due to level 2 status. I now feel very de motivated about any sort of professional development courses and have come to think just plod along doing what you do well and YES what I love doing even if it is at level 2!
I couldn't agree more, I feel just the same. I too am starting to wonder if I'm imagening the confusion and need to undertake conversion. I am going to fund my own conversion (if I can find a suitable one), I don't agree with this but as you so rightly say no one will pay if not to there benefit, which is very shortsighted as it probably would benefit our employers. This is made all the more difficult as we didn't pay for our training in the first place and now they say we should do this!!I have a place on the course in Glamorgan but unfortunately cannot now attend, so am faced with finding another. I believe Worcester are running one soon. I would be interested to know where in the country you work?
I have eventually got in touch with Glamorgan and as I live in England the cost of the course is £7,500 - there appears to be no courses running in England - I am thinking of contacting my university to see if they will run it and I am sure they will if they know how many would attend - the cost of the course normally is £3,000 so I can imagine my university will charge similar amount - if you are interested can you let me know as I can then take it to the University to show that an Enrolled Nurse conversion course is needed. Thanks
University of Teesside - I got a prospectus of the course form Glamorgan and because i live in England that was the fee - I am hoping that the course will be by distance learning so there will be no need to go to the University or only maybe for a summer school which is how the enrolled courses are run at Glamorgan and in Scotland
Thanks for that, I live in Devon so Teeside too far for me to travel. Funny about Glamorgan, as I too live in England that is not the price I was quoted. I too will need a distance course, as Glamorgan is, except for the compulsary week at the begining. If you hear of anything please post here. I'm sure there must be plenty of people in the same situation as us.
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