National Midwifery Week on October, 2023: Question About Midwifery.?
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Hi hun and congratulations on ginving your education and career so much thought...good for you!!
as a nurse i may be able to advise you a little. I always knew i wanted to be a nurse,not sure i ever actually made a choice, guess it kind of chose me!! a lot of my colleagues say the same thing..they never remember making a choice...it just kind of happened!! lol
Nursing as u so rightly point out is not the most social of jobs, you will be working 7 days a work, 365 days a year on a rotating shift pattern...christmas day etc included. To give you an idea, shifts are often about 7am-3pm, 2-10pm and nights can be about 9pm to 8am. Some wards now do 12 hour shifts 8am-8pm but they are so exhausting a lot dont! Your working rota will have a general mix of all shifts,it could be one week late (2-10),early (7-3),early,late, early,late...you may work 7 days that week and only 4 the next...there is typically no pattern and stretches can be up to 10days before days off...nights the same. The pay is better than it was, as a newly qualified nurse expect something in the region of probably 22,000 which may seem a lot but trust me in todays world its appalling !! it will rise somehwat as you climb thro the grades and midwives pay starts higher than a general nurses anyway.
the job is long,hard and tho often rewarding can be hellish,death,disease,suffering plus your own exposure to body lice,fleas,scabies etc another big problem is violence,all of us have encountered it,verbal and physical.
Now i dont tell u this to put u off,its just stuff i wish i had known at 17 when i started!! I trained as an RGN (general nurse) 3 1/2 yrs, then specialised in Paediatrics (14 month course) after, i have loved my job and tho i still do i find the working conditions increasingly difficult...esp regarding the ever increasing paperwork !!
Nursing is a fabulous career if its right for you and sadly u cant be sure til u start,its hard work physically (i and several colleagues have bad backs and slipped discs to prove it...watch yr back!!), its often hot sweaty work in difficult conditions with a lack or resources. You may have far too few staff on your shift,you may work long stretches,get nothing to eat or drink at all on your shift and then end up staying 3 hours late which you wont get paid for cos youre short staffed and you cant simply walk away from your patient!! All in all you have to be totally dedicated.
BUT the first time you reflect on your day and realise the differnce you made,the first thank you you get from a patient,the first ill patient you see recover will make it worth it.... you will probaly find a great closeness with your nursing colleaguse and make amazing friends that last a lifetime...and lets not forget how much fun being student can be :-)
Midwives need to be well educated,able to calculate drugs (maths),write neat communications(english), have empathy and amazing people skills (personality and experience and training)..... ask friends and family.....do they see u as a nurse....its often v easy to pick put people who make good nurses just by knowing them!!
can u stay calm in a crises,do u have strong stomach,can u work long hard hours without giving up,have u got good health,strong feet and back lol it can also be diff to fit family life around yr shifts and since u wont know frmo one month to the next what yr shift pattern will be you wont be able to plan too far ahead nor do things at short notice as yr rota will be done 2 months ahead!
i def advise trying some "caring" work, voluntary or toherwise. I worked in an elderly nursing home,st johns ambulance,red cross helper at local hospital,babysitting....anything that gets you out interacting with people...it all helps u decide if thats yr ideal career and proves yr a people person at interview!!
if u have any questions,let me know and good luck...nursing is amazing !!!!!
How much roughly do Midwives get paid a week, month and a year in the uk? and is there many jobs?
Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are among the most highly educated and trained of midwife professionals. CNMs enter midwifery training as registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor’s degrees. Certified midwives (CMs) also have four-year degrees, but their backgrounds can be in a variety of fields. The national education and practice standards that both CNMs and CMs must meet are identical and are established by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), which also is a credentialing body for educational institutions that provide midwifery training. Midwife candidates already enrolled in ACNM-approved coursework will be grandfathered, but applicants beginning in 2011 must have master’s degrees to apply. Those who complete midwifery education receive a master’s degree. According to Salary.com, CNMs and CMs have a median income of about £59,150 (almost £4,940 a month), among the highest of any nursing profession. CMs and CNMs in the 90th percentile can make more than £65,000 a year. Even the bottom quarter of CMs and CNMs have median salaries over £50,050, or £4,173 per month.
Did your Midwife check for dilation and effacement at 38 weeks pregnant?
Sub-standard. She should be checking you.