Getting into Nursing and Midwifery has never been harder
24 Jan 12
“I have attended open days and spoken to admissions tutors… but would have loved to have had some written advice on what universities are looking for.”
- Vanessa Flewit, Applied to Worcester Nursing School 2012 intake.
The number of applications for places on Nursing degrees is at an all time high and for the second year running Nursing is the most popular university course in the UK. According to UCAS the number of applicants was up almost 50% from last year, and the number of undergraduate places on offer has shrunk.
The competition for places on degree courses is ferocious, the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London had 5,679 applicants for its 461 places. In order to find a job in nursing or midwifery you have to have an edge over the competition and you have to be very well prepared.
“I moved into higher education in 2001 and was quickly struck by the lack of realism displayed by midwifery candidates at interview. Understanding full well the demands of practice and the skills required of midwifery students as they negotiate these demands, led me to develop an initiative that would give candidates seeking a midwifery career a ‘taste’ of midwifery.”
- Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow was well aware of the lack of information available to help the many people who are eager to enter this profession. Her own experience as a practising nurse and midwife, and as an admissions tutor has taught her that it is not just unsuccessful applicants who are unprepared, large numbers of undergraduates drop out each year as they realise that they are not able to do such a demanding job.
“The aim of any selection day is to select those who show most potential for being caring, compassionate and communicative practitioners, as well as those who are most likely to positively respond to the intense challenges of nursing and midwifery courses, complete them, and take their skills out into practice.”
- Sarah Snow
Sarah knows from her own experience what skills and traits students will need to demonstrate at the application stage, through selection days and interview, to preparation for the course itself. She has put that knowledge into Get into Nursing & Midwifery (ISBN: 978-0-273-74609-6, pb, Jan 2012, £11.99), the essential guide to improving your chances of entering these rewarding professions.
“My greeting to candidates at selection days always focuses on their successful journey to that precise point in time. They don’t know, for example that they have managed to obtain a place at a university where the ratio of midwifery places to applicants may be as high as 16:1. So, just to arrive is an achievement.”
- Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow is a midwifery lecturer and admissions tutor at the University of Worcester. Her career as a nurse and midwife spans 27 years, the last decade of which has been within higher education, teaching across a range of pre and post registration midwifery and sexual health courses.
Get into Nursing & Midwifery
5 Jan 2012
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