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    Hi everyone
    just wanted to say good luck to everyone starting dip nursing this year.

    I am six months into mine and now that I have settled in to it I really love it!! My advice so far ( as someone a teeny tiny bit further down the road) is to try not stress and focus on learning not just passing..
    .and keep a open mind in regards to aged care...even if aged care is not your thing a great deal of elderly people access all types of Heath services including acute hospitals so to develop an understanding and respect for the elderly is a valuable thing I am a little biased I already work in aged care and love it....the thought of paediatrics or working with kids scares the life outta me but I love my oldies (not implying that there is anything wrong with not liking aged care)

    Does anyone have a plan for what kinds area of nursing hey want to work in? I would love to get some skills in acute or rehab but I also like aged care.

    Good luck everyone and of there is any already registered ENs that would like to impart some advice that would be great

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    We must be late to start, still a couple of weeks away ..! thanks for the advice giggle, glad you are enjoying it!!

    The hospitals theory on not doing an aged care placement is that most of the adult hospitals patents are elderly, so you gain experience that way. My Mum and MIL are both aged care workers, they enjoy it... mostly

    Im thinking about doing my electives in Mothers and Babies, and Perioperative nursing. I think they would be interesting areas... Or maybe Critical care. Id love to go onto Uni after this course, maybe part time in Midwifery.. THat would be awesome, i just worry about being too old to start a career when i finish lol!

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    Very true the oldies are everywhere in our ageing population so you will have more than enough experience with them anyways

    does your course allow you to pick electives? Mine does not they are already set at community health, palliative care and IV's. would of loved to peri operative would be really interesting I think.

    i plan to go to uni as well to get my bachelors...probably after I have worked for a while and had my second ( I have a 14 month old )...you are never too old..A friend of my mums finished her bachelors last year at 52 and now works in women's health and loves it.

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    Giggle - I have a Cert III in Aged Care and have worked as an AIN since finishing that in August

    Aged Care is something I'm SO passionate about! I plan on working as an EN in the community in Aged Care

    The main reason I decided to do EN's other than the extra knowledge was the company car - I can't afford to do the job I love otherwise, half my pay was going to petrol!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucymoo View Post
    Giggle - I have a Cert III in Aged Care and have worked as an AIN since finishing that in August

    Aged Care is something I'm SO passionate about! I plan on working as an EN in the community in Aged Care

    The main reason I decided to do EN's other than the extra knowledge was the company car - I can't afford to do the job I love otherwise, half my pay was going to petrol!!
    That's awesome I worked in community aged care for three years and left ( got sick of the driving ) to work in a high care nursing home. I love residential care but want to take that next step a a nurse. I would love to work with RDNS one day if I can handle the driving.

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    What's it like working in aged care and dealing with death and the likes? I imagine in must be awfully confronting to begin with.
    I just watched a show about a&e and the young doctor cried when a terminally ill patient died. I'm worried i'm going to be like that, prehaps even worse. How do you emotionally detach from such situations?
    I'm having massive doubts about this course already. I'm really afraid i won't be able to hack it. I don't know if i should just see it through or pull out before i get slugged with a help debt?
    Did anyone else have doubts about it?

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    HarvestMoon I have doubts now! I think im just being a big scaredy cat as its a big life changing decision.

    I do imagine death to be quite confronting. And i dont think you can ever completely detach. Maybe think about the reasons why you wanted to do the course in the first place, all the good things that come with it?

    I think i'm going to be ok with dealing with life and death, In a way its part of the reason why i want to do nursing..
    In the last year i have given birth to 2 babies. One lived, One died. Why my baby died i had some of the most ignorant nurses ever looking after me. They said/did some completely inappropriate things lots of little things i look back now and am furious about.

    After having my second baby at a different hospital, i realised what a big difference having supportive nursing care can make in those emotional times, even though my baby hadnt died in their hospital i had their bereavement team with me the whole way through. I want to be able to give some of that support back to families in need...

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    Thanks Codex. I'm glad i'm not the only one having doubts. I do hope i have it in me as it's a great, stable career choice.

    I'm so sorry about your loss and the way you were treated.

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    codex I am so sorry for your loss and for the way you were treated

    working in Aged care I have seen my share of death. From someone dying while I was turning them in bed (my first shift too) to finding people deceased on the floor and in bed in the morning. It is confronting and hard to deal with but it gets easier. Not because we get used to it but because we develop better ways to cope and debrief. That been said in aged care when some one is 85 years plus, had lived a long and happy life and dies surrounded by family it's a peaceful, beautiful moment that I am honored to be a witness to.

    I too have doubts about how I would be able to handle the tragic death of a younger patient. Aged care I can handle because people get old and die, that's what is supposed to happen..a younger person or god forbid a child would crush me

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    Thank you, it certainly changed my perspective on life and death. Andi suppose its prepared me in a way for the incomprehensible fact that its NOT just thr elderly that die.

    I remember warching the BBC series inside the human body about a year ago. They showed an elderly cancer patient succumb and take his final breaths. It was quite confronting, and in no way what i expected. I dont know quite what i expected to be honest.

    I think your right that it doesnt get any easier but you learn to deal with it better and maybe not take it on board quite so much. I think if you carry everyones sadness then you become overburdened and burn out - and that doesnt help anyone!


 

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