how can i become a nurse?! help!!
25-Apr-2009 6:05 pm
ok for the past year ive been researching and getting toknow the world of nursing and i really want to become a nurse.
ive tried join college and uni but ucas is confusing and colleges dont get back to me.
ive emailed alot of hospitals asking if they do work experience and heard nothing.
ive also applied to loads of different jobs but i do not have the qualifications so they always turn me away and jobs i do not need the qualifications -dont get back to me....
does anyone have a clue what i should do or could help me out somehow?
please let me know because im 100% lost.thanks
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28-Jul-2009 12:14 pm
a good form of bank work is NHS Professionals, see if they work in your area, you can gain experiance whilst undertaking an access to nursing course.
Hope that info helps.
2-Aug-2009 3:42 pm
if you go to the collage and get a prospecuce and look for either a part time or full time course in foundation studies and enrol then you can get help with ucas into the relevent course in uni. or go to your career service which is in your job centre and they should put you in the right direction hope this helps
Location: Milton Keynes
13-Oct-2009 11:02 pm
I disagree with the 3rd comment, I believe I am very good at my job, but the UCAS system really confuses me.
I think the best thing for you to do would be a Nursing Cadet programme or Access to Nursing Course at College.
You could study NVQ 2 and 3 if you work as a HCA.
To get in to study Nursing, you have to have
5 GCSE's at Grade C or Above, including Maths and English.
NVQ 2, 1 GCSE at Grade C or above and English and Maths at Level 2.
Or NVQ 3 and English and Maths at Level 2.
You can also study an access in to Nursing and Midwifery course, or do a Cadet programme.
With 1 or more of the above sets of qualifications you can get on to a Diploma course, but cannot do a Degree in Nursing. If you do a Diploma in Nursing, you will still get registration, and work as a fully qualified Nurse, a Diploma and Degree both take 3 years to complete. You can study a Degree at any time after you complete a Diploma.
Location: Throughout UK
15-Oct-2009 3:21 pm
This is appaling. Some ignoramous said........
"Dear christine if you really want to become a nurse that badly I suggest a bottle of sleeping pills, vodka and a plastic bag to tie round your neck. Pretty soon youll be waking up on a nice white ward where the staff really are angels, no one ever complains and best of all the management have the best PR ever so you never run short of staff"
I've just posted elsewhere in this site about the unprofessionalism of nurses and how we get the image we deserve. This sort of immaturity just emphasises the point. And it's not the only example in what is really an extremely short thread.
It's also one of the reasons why I rarely use this site since the redesign - the option to post anonymously invites this sort of cowardly attack. It has the same effect on another popular nursing forum for the same reason but at least there we have the option to start our own threads in identifiable arenas.
As it happens, I for one returned here after some time away precisely because I'm looking for a forum that doesn't allow anonymity in threads. I found instead that NT is even worse than the site I'm considering leaving behind because of all the immaturity and cowardly attacks.
People can be brave when they don't have to be identified. They can also be extremely unprofessional. What a marvellous way to publicise the worst elements of nursing.
Nursing Times - if you really want to win people back to this forum please learn from the mistakes of other sites - don't just duplicate them blindly.
12-Nov-2009 0:30 am
Good idea to join nurse bank or even if HCA job is available, go for it!. If you want anything bad enough you will get there eventually.
Most hospitals will take you as an HCA with little experience and offer you the chance to get an NVQ, which will then help you get into nurse training.
I strongly advise getting some hospital experience before you start nurse training to see if you are going to like it. If you have never done it before it might be a shock when you start training!
I had NVQ 3 before, then applied for nurse training - the process took nearly 1 year so i got HCA job in the meantime and this comfirmed to me that i loved it enough to go ahead.
So my advice is go to your local hospital or their website to see how they can help you. Good luck!
12-Nov-2009 1:07 pm
lol thanks everyone i took some of the things on board and found my self starting a course in FEB 2010 at city university which i was told is a good place to start nursing which i'm really excited about. if anyone reads this in the future i tried the bank nurse suggestion and failed miserably trying to find anyone who would take someone with no experience at all -as they always said you need some sort of NVQ or experience for them to consider taking me on.(not that its not possible ..i just couldnt find a way)
i tried the access to nursing also and applied at lambeth college, i passed the entrance exam with flying colours and they told me i would find the course too easy and i was the perfect student for them but i should also try applying for uni.
so i went to two open evenings i could find last minute which where City university and middlesex university.
both of them seemed great and they both offered help on the ucas website so i could apply costing me nearly £30 -only because i got slightly messed about for sept start (they told me i had a place over the phone but never sent me a letter and when i called in sept to ask when i start they told me they don't have me on record :( ) but i've finally got an official place at City university in FEB and i wanted to thank all of you for your suggestions except the weird comment about drugging myself... even the comment which said i don't have what it takes made me want to do it more so thank you!
14-Nov-2009 4:08 pm
Why am I not surprised that UCAS 'lost' you?!
Christina, I started my training in 1969. I'm still working, but now in an independent school. I love my job and it's the most professionally challenging of my 40 years so far. Routine immunisations, Travel Health, SRE, First Aid, A+E (rugby etc), Counselling and Mental Health. I wish you all the best in your future career. If nothing else, you have proved that you do not give up when the going gets tough. Hang in there and 'Enjoy'!
7-Jan-2010 9:29 pm
Just to say " Well Done " on your start to nursing. As the above comments have said you should be applauded on your continual efforts to do what you want to do, and yes it proves you will do well!
As for the negative and childish comments that have been thrown at you....they have the problem, not you.
Yes the profession of nursing ( worlwide ) has some major issues at the moment, but the majority of nurses are like you and stick to the job because they CARE...and I believe you are going to be a credit. Good luck hun!!
13-Jan-2010 12:07 pm
Hi Christine. Well done on being accepted for training. Nearly 20 years ago I got my chance to begin training for the career I had always wanted - nursing. I had to apply through the university clearing system and I'm sure it probably just as confusing as it is now. It took me a while to wade through it, but I was accepted and have been lucky enough to have had lots of job satisfaction. I've worked with some great people - patients and colleagues alike. I wish you all the very best in your new career.
21-Jan-2010 11:50 am
Nursing is profession that can surely be the most exciting and fulfilling career choice. Career outlook of this profession seems to be very exciting. If you want to become a nurse then you must go through some points like - choosing the right nursing college is a highly individualized process. Before you enroll yourself to any nursing school, there are ample of factors that need to be considered like accreditation, tuition fee, clinical rotation, facilities etc
First off all start looking for some top nursing schools. If you have not searched yet then you can also consider NursingSchoolsU(dot)com for finding list of top nursing schools.
19-Dec-2010 5:33 am
Christina, congratulations that's wonderful news!
I think I have found myself in the same boat as you were once in. Although at the moment I'm currently employed in a HCA capacity. I aspire to become a Staff Nurse. I left school with moderate grades(no C's in maths and english). But I'm due to start my NVQ 3 soon. You stated that you had no formal qualifications? GCSE's? Or A-levels? If so (if you don't mind me asking) how were you successful in obtaining a position on your course?
Congratulations again, best of luck for the next 3 years :)
4-Jul-2011 3:37 pm
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Help! How can I stop being a nurse?
4-Jul-2011 5:01 pm
Anonymous 31-Dec-2010 8:29 am, any hints on which ones would be suitable for Nurses who want to get out? ;D
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