Nursing, midwifery, or both?

UTS has a range of Health degrees on offer and, for many, choosing one can be a difficult decision.

What’s the difference?

The role of a nurse is to provide care for patients in a variety of healthcare settings. 

Nurses are able to help people maintain health and well being or to care for those who are unwell or going through an adverse stage in their life.

Nurses can specialise in areas like emergency, theatre, paediatrics, community and primary care, aged care, mental health care and indigenous health and well being.

The range of core subjects and electives on offer at UTS allow students to tailor their degree and pursue areas of healthcare that are of particular interest to them.

The role of a midwife is to provide support for women and their families throughout pregnancy, labour and birth, and then for up to six weeks after the birth of a baby.

Midwives consider pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting to be healthy processes that are a normal part of life for many women.

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Are nurses and midwives classified differently?

Yes. There are two classifications of nurses recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

They are:
1. Registered Nurses (RN); and
2. Enrolled Nurses (EN)

The UTS Bachelor of Nursing prepares you to become a RN.

ENs are supervised by RNs and need to have completed an approved qualification.

For midwives, there is one recognised classification: Registered Midwives (RM).

The UTS Bachelor of Midwifery and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery prepare you to become a RM.

What if I want to do both Nursing and Midwifery?

You can become both a qualified nurse and a qualified midwife within five years at UTS, and it doesn’t matter which degree you start with first.

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If you do the Bachelor of Nursing first, you can follow it up with a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (five years total for both degrees).

And, if you start with the Bachelor of Midwifery, you can follow it with the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (also five years total for both degrees).

Also, if you’re an EN or have a prior health qualification you can do an Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing degree (two years full time).

MidStART – pathway to midwifery

MidStART (Midwifery Student Applications for Recruitment and Training)

is a career pathway established by NSW Health to help registered nurses become registered midwives.

The program provides employment for student midwives in NSW public health facilities whilst they are studying a postgraduate midwifery degree at a recognised university like UTS.

You’re eligible for the MidSTART program if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • hold a current registration as a Registered Nurse; and
  • are enrolled in a recognised midwifery degree (like the UTS Graduate Diploma of Midwifery).

MidStART offers a great opportunity for RNs looking to gain extensive hospital experience while they study midwifery at university.

Applications for the 2017 MidStART program close 15 June 2016.

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Byline: Jack Schmidt

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