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    Thanks for that Emma. Very helpful.

    Just a question...With the workshops...Do you know exactly when they are and how many days they run for?? I just am trying to work out how often and how many days for that i have to be away from my kids if i get in. Its a bit thinking ahead of myself but i just want to know how things will work.



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    Hi girls,
    I too have just completed my application for Nursing, I thought about Midwifery Nursing double but have decided that the competion is so fierce and the work load for nursing suits me alot better .
    I need to fine tune my application letter that needs to be in by the 28th , I have next Wed off work and DD is daycare so that is my plan. I need to get my certificates certified thank goodness my brother is a police officer and lives around the corner oh it is starting to freak me out..imagine me by January. I have only applied at the local Uni so I hope fingers crossed I am accepted and that I dont get pregnant (I'm doing IVF atm) I am going to make up my mind what to do IF both happens
    Argghhh
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    Up until this year, UniSA required nursing students to do placements in first year. They now do longer placements in 2nd and 3rd year (with an extra placement in 2nd year) to replace the first year placement. This reflects the changes set by the "Authorities" when working out what requirements students have to meet.

    Having investigated the extra workload in Mid, I would agree that juggling the workload is tougher than any other degree (with maybe Medicine being an exception).

    Sara- you will be given workshop dates at the beginning of the semester when you enrol in the courses that have a workshop component.

    Emma - I would be interested to know which employers will employ if you haven't done a Grad Year. My experience is that it is very difficult to get work without having done a Grad Year. I have friends keen to skip grad year though so I'd be very interested to know who will employ without the Grad Year so I can pass it on to them... Perhaps it varies from State to State?

    Karina - def send in those certificates. Better to give them too much info than too little!

    Bec - Good luck with your application! If you do get pregnant and also get accepted into Uni, you could always defer for 12 months and then start Uni...

    MG

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    I just got my Modules for my Doula course emailed to me! YAY!!!! I am so excited. Bout to go and start studying!!

    MG - Thanks for that! So i won't even know unless i get accepted basically.

    Bec - I bet just because you are applying for uni you will fall pregnant staight away! Fingers crossed you do! Thank god for the opportunity to defer! Good luck with it all....

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    Sorry Sara - it's a pain isn't it? Previously, the school has emailed/sent a list of placements to existing students which shows the placement dates for the following year (usually sent in 2nd semester but forget when). Although it lists all the placement dates for that discipline for the following year, it doesn't list when the workshop dates are. You can hazard a guess though. They used to be done 2 weeks prior to the placement dates but that changed last year and there were a couple a bit closer to the placements and some further away... I guess it depends on room and lecturer availability. From what I can work out, they try and hold placements for the externals either when the internal students are already on placement, or during the Uni holidays. If you know someone who is already studying at the Uni for the discipline you are applying for (Mid I assume?), perhaps they can let you know what the proposed placement dates are for 2008. But do keep in mind that although those placement dates are pretty accurate - they can change. Also keep in mind that due to how difficult it is to place nursing and midwifery students (all over Australia - not just in SA) you may need to be flexible in your placement dates. Your workshop dates won't change but you may be required to do your placement "Out of Sequence". This bears no impact on the rest of your studies other than potentially having to miss classes if you are internal or having to take time off placement to sit exams. I had to do the latter a couple of times. I don't think I ever did placement during the specified times - mine were always out of sequence.

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    i spoke to a "satac" person today who said there was only 20 places for midwifery external with unisa (dont quote me but ), very hard to get into so good luck and fingers crossed everyone who's applyied

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    yeah I was told a similar thing about midwifery external too - they told me "less than 30 places". They have bachelor of midwifery at a uni near me and its also ridiculously competitive with only 30 places (internal, they dont do it externally). I'll be happy to get into any of the degrees I have applied for!

    sent my application in yesterday on the net. Just need to photocopy and certify my certificates and then I'll send them in once I go buy some stamps!

    Its all very exciting!

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    Emma
    Thanks for the insider information ) I am from Tasmania (see my first entry earlier in this thread) and have been told that I will need to be a registered nurse as well as a midwife to get work (as you pointed out). You say that on top of the BMid course it's only an extra year - is this course offered at UniSA and do you know if it's possible to do it off campus? I will try and ask around here but Tas Uni and the hospital here are pretty hopeless so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't have the same recognision of the BMid from UniSA, especially when it comes to upgrading to include the nursing. I have applied for the external course (although finding placements in Hobart is likely to be very hard - the public hospital won't take me and I have only found one private hospital that might be able to help) but have also applied for nursing at Tas Uni. But what you say makes me really inspired to go for the midwifery degree if I get in. I really feel that as you say the premis of midwifery is completely different to nursing - as a midwife cares for almost entirely well people in a natural state. Unfortunately in Tasmania it is still considered in a practical sense to be a specialisation of nursing. Do you know what it's like to study the BMid externally? Ie - the web based stuff, the support for external students etc?? Do you have any idea how many times per year I would need to come to Adelaide?
    Thanks again and to everyone else who's been so helpful with info....
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    Oops - forgot one other question - what exactly is a "grad year"? Does it include more study? I guess it must be different state to state.
    Nina

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    just thought I'd mention - the ACM (Australian College of Midwives) actually recommends the undergrad Bachelor of Midwifery over the BN and postgrad Mid studies. On their website it says:

    Bachelor degrees in Midwifery are the preferred avenue for education - being able to spend three years completely focused on midwifery, rather than a full nursing degree and only one year focused on midwifery.
    So odd that they don't agree with this in Tas!!

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    is that strange then more places are not offered but i guess it's all a funding issue
    it does make more sense to have midwifery as it's own program
    good luck as I said

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    Nina - I did my nursing through UniSA (externally) and can answer some of your questions. You will need to go to Adelaide for workshops for every subject that has a clinical placement - they do a workshop shortly before the scheduled placement dates.
    In regards to support for externals - you will be allocated a lecturer for each subject. Each subject has its own "webpage" and students are split into "discussion" groups (kind of like a tutorial group). You can email lecturers if you need anything although they also access the discussion groups (prferred method of contact).

    A Grad Year is kind of like the nursing equivelant of a Doctor's Intern year. You work in a hospital (as part of a recognised Graduate Program) giving you the chance to consolidate your knowledge and clinical skills (whilst being paid for it) but recieving support, clinical guidance, and clinical education on the job. You can get information about it from the websites of most hospitals - go to the hospital website and search Graduate Nurse (or midwife) program. If you have any questions, please ask and I will try to answer.

    MG

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    MG, I have somehow gotten into the website that you can book your external workshops through on the UniSA website.. looks like the workshops are mostly 2 - 3 days in length.. Is that what yours were?

    Just out of curiosity, did you do any of your subjects through the Summer School?

    Sorry for bombrding you with questions!

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    Hi Karina,

    You are not bombarding and not bothering at all.

    From memory - yes, my workshops were all 2-3 days duration. There is no accomodation on campus but plenty of other options considering the Uni is in the city. The Royal Adelaide Hospital has accomodation you can use - the cheapest in the city (forget how much). The fee is simply for the bed and room - you have to provide all linen, cutlery, saucepans etc etc. Cooking facilities are shared. I've heard awful stories about the accom there though - including Medical Students peeing in sinks... My advice is to seek accom elsewhere! If you live in a country area and are part of the CWA, the CWA can help organise accom at a good rate for you. I always staid in a motel about 4 or 5 blocks from the Uni.

    I personally didn't do any subjects in summer school but if you have questions about summer school - fire away. I know someone who attempted a summer school subject.

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    Thanks MG. thanks for the info on the workshops. Are they really full on? Are there many people there? What do they actually involve? Is it basically a simulated hospital environment or is it like a lecture, or something else?
    Thanks for the info about the grotty accommodation at the RAH... I'll know to stay away from there if I do get in!

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    Hi Karina, ok, I will try and remember my workshops...

    Are they really full on? Hmmmmm, some bits were but for the most part - no. The idea of workshops is really just to teach students the practical components and skills required. A bonus is that it gives you a chance to meet some of the other externals, network, and to meet the lecturers. I can recall being bored out of my brain in several workshops. Towards the end of my degree, we also had some more intense theory components which was suppose to cover some of the more difficult theory so that we could access the lecturers for help if we needed it.

    How many people are there? Well, that depends on the subject. Every external student who had to enrol in that subject should be at the workshop. They do divide students into groups and you rotate trough "stations" (all in different rooms - you usually spend half a day in each "station"). The most I had was for my last one which was every STUDENT enrolled in that subject (internal and external). Other than that, the "groups" were usually about 20 ppl max (from memory).

    What do they actually involve? Depends on the subject and coordinator. You can usually expect some form of revision of the overall subject, learning and practising new skills (such as taking BP, setting up IV's, taking blood etc). There will also be skills demonstrated that you won't get a chance to practice. There is usually one or two theory components as well - things like watching Video's on pap smears etc. Every workshop involves a drug calculation test. Some do it on the first day and others do it on the last day. Depends on the coordinator - I only ever had one where we had to do it on the last day. You get the chance to play with equipment as well.

    Is it a simulated hospital environment or lecture? Bit of both really. Some of the sessions are done in lecture rooms whilst others are done in labs. Some of the labs are set up to resemble a hospital ward whilst others are a bit like your high school science lab. We never had any full on practice scenario's where we had a "patient" in a bed in the "ward" and the lecturer called out stuff. We had a few sessions where there was a card with a scenario on it and a student would pretend to be the patient and the others would work out what to do. Nothing hard. Some of the sessions were "proper lectures".

    I hope I've answered well enough for you - DD is carrying on on the floor in front of me.... Let me know if you have more q's

    MG

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    MG, thanks so much for answering my questions. You've been very helpful. Its good to have some people here who are/were students there and give give some inside info!

    The workshops sound really interesting.

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    Well I have actually done it - after thinking about it for ages today I went and applied to do a Bachelor of Nursing via distance ed at Central Queensland University. I was going to apply to do it at QUT internally but I realised that the workload (because for some reason they only offer full time at my nearest campus) and the need to go to uni nearly everyday would not fit in with my primary job of being a mum to 3 kids! So there you go. 2008 could be an interesting year!

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