which program do i take degree/diploma

  1. i have applied to staffordshire uni for the degree in mental health my interview is very soon :chuckle
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  3. by   madwife2002
    I would do the degree straight off dont mess with the diploma as you will eventually be required to do Degree.
    You wont get any more money or recognisation but you wont have to go begging for somebody to support you through making your diploma into a degree, post reg.

    On the other hand if you cant afford to do degree as you wont get bursary then do the diploma as you will get about 400 a month to study. I believe if you have an advance diploma then to convert it to degree only takes a further year of studying.

    Hope this helps

    Kay
  4. by   sam.r
    Quote from kimcol
    i have applied to staffordshire uni for the degree in mental health my interview is very soon :chuckle
    I am currently in my second year of a mental health degree course at Cardiff Uni, and the deploma students are required to do exactly the same work load as the degree students for the first two years. It is only in the third and final year that the two change and the degree students need to work at a higher level, so if you would need to do an extra year to upgrade to degree you may be as well to do degree to begin with. Good Luck and I hope you enjoy your training as much as I am. Sam
  5. by   kimcol
    Quote from sam.r
    I am currently in my second year of a mental health degree course at Cardiff Uni, and the deploma students are required to do exactly the same work load as the degree students for the first two years. It is only in the third and final year that the two change and the degree students need to work at a higher level, so if you would need to do an extra year to upgrade to degree you may be as well to do degree to begin with. Good Luck and I hope you enjoy your training as much as I am. Sam
    THANKS FOR THE ADVISE I HAVE DECIDED TO GO FOR IT HOW WAS YOUR FIRST YEAR AND HOW OLD ARE YOU I AM A MUTURE STUDENT 31 HAD A LITTLE EXPERINCE NOT MUCH I AM AT STAFFORD COLLEGE ON AN ACESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION WHY DID YOU CHOOSES MENTAL HEALTH?
  6. by   sam.r
    Quote from kimcol
    THANKS FOR THE ADVISE I HAVE DECIDED TO GO FOR IT HOW WAS YOUR FIRST YEAR AND HOW OLD ARE YOU I AM A MUTURE STUDENT 31 HAD A LITTLE EXPERINCE NOT MUCH I AM AT STAFFORD COLLEGE ON AN ACESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION WHY DID YOU CHOOSES MENTAL HEALTH?
    Sorry I've taken so long to reply, my computer crashed and I've only just got it up and running again.
    My first year was a little boring as much of the theory work was more general nurse based and focused on anatomy and physiology. Placements during the first year included a 6 week stint on general community and a EU placement which was 2 wks General,2wks Child and 2 wks maternity. I'm a little more of mature than you at 38, but do find that this works in my favour, as I think life experience can count for a lot especially in mental health. Decided to do mental health as I've always been interested in psychology and trying to understand human nature. Having spent the best part of 18 yrs as a mother of 6 (the youngest of which started school 3yrs ago) decided it was time to concentrate a little on what I wanted out of life and thats when I began my Access Course, I had no previous experience of any nursing, but can honestly say that 2/3 of the way through my second year I'm loving every minute, even when the going gets tough with assignments. Good luck again, and hope its all you hope for. Sam
    Last edit by sam.r on Feb 25, '05
  7. by   kimcol
    hi sam well i have my interview on 15th of march i have been on a 2 day mental health school with the uni it gave me an insight into mental health nursing i am going for the degree do you have any tips for my interview.




    Quote from sam.r
    Sorry I've taken so long to reply, my computer crashed and I've only just got it up and running again.
    My first year was a little boring as much of the theory work was more general nurse based and focused on anatomy and physiology. Placements during the first year included a 6 week stint on general community and a EU placement which was 2 wks General,2wks Child and 2 wks maternity. I'm a little more of mature than you at 38, but do find that this works in my favour, as I think life experience can count for a lot especially in mental health. Decided to do mental health as I've always been interested in psychology and trying to understand human nature. Having spent the best part of 18 yrs as a mother of 6 (the youngest of which started school 3yrs ago) decided it was time to concentrate a little on what I wanted out of life and thats when I began my Access Course, I had no previous experience of any nursing, but can honestly say that 2/3 of the way through my second year I'm loving every minute, even when the going gets tough with assignments. Good luck again, and hope its all you hope for. Sam
  8. by   sam.r
    Quote from kimcol
    hi sam well i have my interview on 15th of march i have been on a 2 day mental health school with the uni it gave me an insight into mental health nursing i am going for the degree do you have any tips for my interview.
    Just be yourself really, All I did was tell them about the stigma I thought still surrounded mental illness, not just for the clients/patients but also for their families and that for that reason I believed there was more to mental health nursing than just caring for the client and that I believed MH nurses had to play a big part in reassuring the familly. Something like that anyway. Good Luck for Your interview, I'm sure it will go well, as they're crying out for people to do mental health nursing especially with all the bad media coverage concerning mental illness and mental health services lately. If your sure its whats right for you that will shine through at interview despite any nerves, just don't end up like this (LOL)
    Last edit by sam.r on Feb 26, '05 : Reason: crap spelling
  9. by   kimcol
    Quote from sam.r
    Just be yourself really, All I did was tell them about the stigma I thought still surrounded mental illness, not just for the clients/patients but also for their families and that for that reason I believed there was more to mental health nursing than just caring for the client and that I believed MH nurses had to play a big part in reassuring the familly. Something like that anyway. Good Luck for Your interview, I'm sure it will go well, as they're crying out for people to do mental health nursing especially with all the bad media coverage concerning mental illness and mental health services lately. If your sure its whats right for you that will shine through at interview despite any nerves, just don't end up like this (LOL)
    hi sam got your email well i have just got a job (bank) with people with challenging behavior and autisum (sorry about the spelling) but i have worked with people who have had mental health and i enjoyed this as well i will be gutted if i don't get a place i will email you to let you know how i went on see ya
    kim
  10. by   sofaraway04
    I went for the diploma and alot of people on my course that are doing the degree wish they weren't. I believe i'm better off in terms of money on the diploma. I've spoken to alot of staff nurses and all the feedback i've had is that it doesn't hold you back not having the degree and you start on the same grade.

    Just wondering does the uni you want to go to do the foundation year where all the nurses do the same? where i go we went straight into our specialities. Im not sure if this is the best way or not. I guess its good if you know definatly what you want to go into

    hope you got a place
  11. by   kimcol
    Quote from sofaraway04
    I went for the diploma and alot of people on my course that are doing the degree wish they weren't. I believe i'm better off in terms of money on the diploma. I've spoken to alot of staff nurses and all the feedback i've had is that it doesn't hold you back not having the degree and you start on the same grade.


    Just wondering does the uni you want to go to do the foundation year where all the nurses do the same? where i go we went straight into our specialities. Im not sure if this is the best way or not. I guess its good if you know definatly what you want to go into

    hope you got a place
    hi well i decided to do the degree if i get a place if not i will try and get a diploma place i have an interview on the 15th march so have you got any information for me about how your interveiw went
  12. by   sofaraway04
    Quote from kimcol
    have you got any information for me about how your interveiw went
    If that was to me, then sorry i can't help, i didn't have an interview
  13. by   Mr Jingles
    You've got no choice in Wales a Degree is the only option lol.
  14. by   madwife2002
    As I said before do the degree, you will have better career opportunities!!
    Trust me I am a nurse of long standing. You will only have to do it in the long run at more expense and stress.

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