Get Into Nursing & Midwifery
A Guide to Application & Career Success

By Sarah Snow
May 2012
Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780273746096
135 pages
$30.00 Paper Original

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



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