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  • Joined: May 2010
  • Location: Brisbane
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Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:10 pm

Hi there,
Im looking for some advice..

Is it better to just be a midwife.. or a midwife with nursing background???

Do you get more respect having a nursing background?? i have heard a few people say that midwives with no nursing kinda get shafted a bit..
Also do you get paid more if you have a nursing degree as well???

so far i have two choices i have applied for.
3 year direct entry into Midwifery at ACU OR
4 year dual degree nursing/midwifery through QUT..

Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)



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Oct 16, 2010, 04:12 pm

im interested to hear peoples answers on this. ive also heard stories about midwives who arent nurses having issues occasionally with not being able to work on wards that might be combined maternity/gynae type wards. but that was way back when the Bach of Mid first started in Victoria about 8 or 9 yrs ago. it may have change or it may just have been hearsay too. could be totally wrong.

i think you might get mixed reactions based on peoples own experiences. im about to finish an EN course and have applied to do another 2 years to get my bachelor of nursing, and im alss interested in mid as well as a couple of other areas- so for me, being a nurse first and then doing the mid is the best option. plus it means i can work as an EN while i do my 2 yrs of RN study, and then i can also work as an RN while i do a mid course if i definitely decide to do it down the track. i have a friend who has started the Bach Mid this year part time at ACU and she'll finish in 3 yrs time. if we end up both being midwives 4 or 5 yrs from now it'll be interesting to see what both of our experiences are.

one of my EN classmates has asked 2 of our teachers who are nurses, but also midwives- and who only work in mid now- and from them the reaction was basically mixed. they said that there were positives for both options. but were probably leaning a bit more towards doing nursing first. but they definitely werent negating the idea of doing straight mid either.

i guess if you have absolutely no interest in nursing, then the best option would be the Bach of MId, but if you have some interest in both then doing both is best- it covers all options and expands your opportunities. ive always been kind of interested in child and maternal health, and from what i can tell, to be a child and maternal health nurse you MUST be both a nurse AND a midwife. now im not 100% certain that this info is correct..... but from the little that ive looked into it in the past, that was the conclusion i came to. so if thats true, then for me it makes sense to be a nurse and a midwife.

good luck with both options...exciting times ahead!



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Oct 20, 2010, 07:43 pm Last edited Oct 20, 2010, 07:43 pm update #1

Hi there,

Ideally I would imagine it would be in your interest to do the double degree as this will give you more flexibility in the long run. However I don't believe it is harder to get a job, it just depends on the job you are going for!

I spoke to a professor from a university that told me in some cases the direct entry midwives tend to get the job due to the fact that they may (not always) be cheaper to hire than the Div 1 midwives. In other cases the Div 1 will get preference as they want want him/her to cover shifts on other wards.

Good luck with your future study!

modified: Wednesday 20 October 2010 7:44:46 pm - jamoz315



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Nov 03, 2010, 08:04 pm