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Hi all. I’m wondering if I should just get my midwifery degree or whether I should become a registered nurse as well. Thanks


Posted by mom56595, 13th June 2014


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  • I’m curious to know what you decided to do.


  • Depends on what you want to do. Doing your RN will give you more options in the long run, but may not be needed for your chosen path.


  • What did you end up deciding?


  • what does your heart tell you to do? follow your passion. life is so short


  • That is totally up to you. My daughter started studying to be an RN and discovered there wasn’t much extra work involved in becoming an EN, so she dropped the TAFE course and went to Uni


  • I hope your studies are going well


  • Well only you can answer this yourself. Are you set on being a midwife? What about more opportunities if you have both. Do what you want.


  • Many times they like you to be a registered nurse before you enrol in the midwife course. It is assumed you are a nurse generally when entering the midwife course as midwifery is a specialised nursing field. If you have the opportunity to both definetly do it as it will give you more options if you can’t get into midwifery course straight away or you can’t find any suitable employment – you can still work as an RN.


  • I would do both:)


  • If it was me, I’d do both.


  • If you have a passion for midwifery, then just do that. A few of my friends are RN’s that also did midwifery afterwards and they always get sent to other wards to work when the other wards are short. If you are only qualified as a midwife then you will always have midwifery work.


  • Both would give you more options. Look at both of the courses depending on where you are going to study. Do the one that appeals to you the most and then do the RN/MW entry for the other one (some places have a shorter course if you are already RN or MW). My friend is a MW and she went and did another course and now is looking into specialisations.
    Good Luck with your studies


  • I was an RN, and the variety of work available to you, in Australia and indeed all over the world, is much wider than if you restrict yourself to only Midwifery. And depending on where you want to work in Australia, there are some hospitals and facilities, especially in rural and remote areas, that prefer that you have a nursing qualification in addition to a midwifery qualification. There are a number of universities that offer a combined Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (dual degree). I’d always opt for being an RN first.


  • get your RN first than you can go into being a midwife. It is better to get as much behind you as you can


  • In my state, you must be a registered RN in order to enrol in Midwifery study. It is offered as an extension of the nursing degree. If you were to move interstate for any reason, you may not be able to work as a midwife without the RN degree.


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