Wow thank you so much for all the advice everyone! It's pretty much what I was thinking, I ended up enrolling into bachelor of nursing this morning. I think it's the smartest Way to go career wise. And as previous posters have said, I might change my mind or if I don't I can continue and do paramedics.
Don't worry about "hijacking" this post! Ask whatever you like, it's great advice for everyone
At my vic uni there is no double degree.
How did everyone cope with everything you are faced with and see? Do you get used to it? At the moment I feel like I will be fine but sometimes I worry also.
Im a nurse..and i know heaps of ambos...they all say nursing is wayyy more flexible with home life
There are family friendly nursing areas depending on your situation like District nursing/ dialysis/ oncology/ community health etc and things like nurse education & school nursing. Good luck with it all.
How did everyone cope with everything you are faced with and see? Do you get used to it? At the moment I feel like I will be fine but sometimes I worry also.[/QUOTE]
With me once I get gloves on they're no longer 'my' hands so I'm 'fine' to pretty much touch anything!
As for general queasiness you will find there's usually something you will hate but can be different wth all nurses! Some can't handle sputum, others hate spew while poo mite send others running. So whatever ur weakness someone usually can help you but you really do get used to things.
As for things you're faced with as a human it's humbled me and makes me appreciate every minute of every day as life can change in the blink of an eye. I personally treat every patient how I would like my own child/ husband/ parent/ loved one treated. Everyone belongs to someone!
Dealing with stuff. Yeah. I really need to debrief when I've had an intense day. We used to go to the pub across the road after a sh!t shift. Now I usually ring on of my friends interstate and just offload. You have to be careful to de-identify though.
In the moment, I don't really know how I do it, but I just deal. Work Mrs Frosty is way good under pressure. We had a horrific situation at work recently and I kind of ended up taking charge and just doing what needed to be done because my patient needed that. Having a good team helps. Utilise your peer group.
And here comes the negative nancy....
Shift work sucks with a family. Unless you have lots of free babysitters for all hours of the night/weekend/holidays.
RN jobs atm for new grads are not plentiful. At all. There is a huge glut of new grads. There are not enough jobs. I know RN's working in retail.
If you are already an RN, great... you can get a job because you have experience, and in your job you have more flexibility for good hours. But as a newbie? Nup.
Me personally... I've been registered for a year now. The course was a nightmare (the placements). I got knocked back a new grad position despite having amazing references (but 700 applicants for about 60 positions will do that to you). I was lucky that I was working in an aged care facility as an AIN while studying, so that I could have an RN job automatically. However, due to the fact that one semester in to my course my husband up and left and there goes my babysitter and now I can only manage to fit in M-F AM shifts, there are not many of those popular shifts available. So I am only casual and just covering people's holidays etc. Even when I've looked at other aged care facilities, they ask you to be available for "a variety of shifts". It's all just very hard. :/
Thankyou for your advice. I don't think you are being a negative Nancy, just sharing your own opinion on your own experiences. I'm sorry it hasn't turned out well for you 😔
I totally understand how the shift work would be difficult when trying to do it on your own.
Thankyou for sharing 💛
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