Hello everyone, I'm in need of a bit of advice. If anyone can help me? I've worked in the NHS for a number of years now, in the last year in HCA capacity. I enjoy the role and love the interaction and general care i provide for patients. I do find though, the limitations of my job role severely frustrating. I aspire for progression, I have applied to study for my NVQ 3 qualification as well as brushing up my Maths & English at level 2. Which is a good start, I'm interested in becoming an ODP and was wondering if anyone knew if i could successfully apply for the Diploma (in the aforementioned) with this qualification? I am also interested in doing my training but the Adult Nursing Diploma isn't an option in the 2012 university prospectus. I am aware of an Access to uni course(s) that are available. But to financial commitments I am unable to attend college full time. Due to unfortunate circumstances i wasn't able to obtain my predicted GCSE results, which were taken over 11 years ago. Could I find a placement on a degree course with a nvq 3 and level 2 maths and English?
Your only real way to progress is to do the Nursing degree. You can do it part time, or do it over three years, and work on the bank to gain income (that's what many of us did). I won't lie, it is hard, and you will have to sacrifice a lot.
However, you also need to ask yourself is it worth doing this with the current situation Nursing is in? There are very few jobs, and if you are lucky enough to have one it may not be in the field you are interested/specialised in, and as for career progression? Forget it, there isn't any. Oh, and if our so called leaders have their way, we won't get pay rises or a pension either.
If you have the chance to do your degree and then emigrate (say to Oz) then I would do so. Otherwise I would say find a better career.
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