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    Default enrolled nursing verses registered

    Im looking at updating my AIN cert and jumping into an enrolled nursing or applying for RN nursing. Ideally id love to work in oncology or palliative care.

    The 3 years at uni scares me as well as the fact I really struggle with academic writing (am halfway thru a degree now and have totally lost interest in all subjects except those medically related so i know what standard uni expects and I am awful at it).

    Rn also worries me in that I would have to study externally and i worry about on campus components (cost of flights/accommodation). How often are these held and where do you go (for those who chose this path).

    RN does appeal to me over an EN though as I would love to specialise and having worked in aged care before I know I would prefer hospital work (and I know a lot of en's end up in aged care).
    Thanks for any advice

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    I am studying Bachelor of Nursing at QUT (graduate entry with means its only 2 years) and I absolutely love it. Im only part time as I have a 3 and a 4 yr old and I'm finding it really enjoyable and making tons of new friends. I was quite nervous as it has been well over 10 years since I was last at uni but its not too bad at all. Being graduate entry, no one is fresh out of high school. I am 35 yrs old and the average is probably around 30 yrs.

    I say go for it...

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    I am an endorsed enrolled nurse I did my training through the private hospital that I am still working at now, I have heard the course has changed heaps to when I did it 7 years ago. I was paid for the one year of tafe and prac. When I finished I was then employed full time in the surgical ward. Two years later I decided to give uni ago but only lasted a few weeks I wasn't in the right frame of mind and decided to start a family instead. I really don't think I will ever go back to become an RN but wish I had just done it first. I am happy were I am I am still working on the surgical ward there are around 5 eens and 30 rns on the permanent roster and no one treats you any different. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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    If you are thinking you'd like to work in oncology/palliative care you'd be better off becoming an RN. Given the amount of drugs that are given intravenously, you'd need to have your registration to do that. I worked in oncology for 3 years and it was the most amazing and rewarding place to work. I'm now a midwife and it is just as amazing and rewarding, just in a different way

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    I was just about too say like pp said. If you want to get into oncology then you will need to be an RN because of special meds.

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    I am a rn in onc/pall care definitely rn. Ens are almost being phased out were I work .. we have a few eens who are also doing their rns as they don't think they have a future in the area they love. Go for it.

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    Thanks everyone. I forgot I posted this question so was pleased to remember and come back and see such great replies. Has given me a lot to think about


 

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