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    Quote Originally Posted by pooks View Post
    You can do central qlds university's "steps" program! It's free and if you pass you can get into a degree through them! It's distance as well! I just finished my first semester of it hoping to start nursing in oct this year! Subjects I did/am doing; essay writing, computers, foundation maths and science and two uni prep courses! Google it, it's a great option
    I'll deffinitely look into that. Thanks.

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    As an EN I work in NICU. I do everything the same as the RN's here, sometimes more. The only things I don't do are give schedule 8 drugs and do ventilation.
    Saying that I am advanced skilled which means I have studied a specialty

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrAins View Post
    As an EN I work in NICU. I do everything the same as the RN's here, sometimes more. The only things I don't do are give schedule 8 drugs and do ventilation.
    Saying that I am advanced skilled which means I have studied a specialty
    Have you ever thought about studying further and becomming a RN or are you happy just being an EN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrAins View Post
    As an EN I work in NICU. I do everything the same as the RN's here, sometimes more. The only things I don't do are give schedule 8 drugs and do ventilation.
    Saying that I am advanced skilled which means I have studied a specialty
    I work as a tech in a hospital pharmacy and have considered switching to nursing. I only want to work in paeds and would love to specialise in NICU. How do you specialise as an EN?

    I have spoken to alot of nurses in my time about this and many have suggested becoming an EN first and working while studying part time towards RN. Financially, 3 years at uni just won't happen.

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    I have spoken to alot of nurses in my time about this and many have suggested becoming an EN first and working while studying part time towards RN. Financially, 3 years at uni just won't happen.
    I was thinking this may be the way to go as well.

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    Hi im an en in at flinders medical centre in adelaide. (public).

    After my six week placement 6 years ago now, i chose to do agency work for a while to get used to different hospitals.
    That is casual and choose where and when you work.
    I then decided that i never wanted to do nights so joined the casual pool in the hospital i am in now.
    Yes you do get used to gory parts of nursing. Sometimes the "poo" still gets to me though!!

    I love it. It can very draining though. Emotionally and physically. Re: walking 7 hours a day. But having said that i think you will find that it will be the best thing you have ever done and will never leave to choose another career. Good luck. Hugs

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    Hi im an en in at flinders medical centre in adelaide. (public).

    After my six week placement 6 years ago now, i chose to do agency work for a while to get used to different hospitals.
    That is casual and choose where and when you work.
    I then decided that i never wanted to do nights so joined the casual pool in the hospital i am in now.
    Yes you do get used to gory parts of nursing. Sometimes the "poo" still gets to me though!!

    I love it. It can very draining though. Emotionally and physically. Re: walking 7 hours a day. But having said that i think you will find that it will be the best thing you have ever done and will never leave to choose another career. Good luck. Hugs
    That sounds good. I think something like that could work for me. The physical side of it is the least of my worries as i've always had very physical jobs or jobs that require me to be on my feet all day.


    For those that have done the diploma was it really hard to get into? Any tips on how to make it through the application process?

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    When i applyed, i put every job and course, small or large on application because it went on a points system where each job and course or study gives a certain amounts of points.

    Also i did mine externally so i could still work. Went in school hols instead and did study blocks. I chose to do that cos i cant cope sitting in class room all day. Put all preferences on application though. External full time, internal full time etc etc. Just in case dont get into first pref

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    The application wants all relevant nursing experience listed - i have none.
    It wants all charitable work you've done - i've done none.
    I don't think i stand much chance unfortunately.
    I'm thinking i will do the cert III in acute care first. That might help give me a leg up?
    I don't get to pick external, internal, etc.. It's just offered full time and only 20 places per semester.

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    I would definently go through tafe not private. I had no nursing experience and got into tafe.

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