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    Default RN's - can I have your insight + opinion please?

    Hi,
    My daughter is 3 and was diagnosed with leukaemia (ALL) 1 year ago. She has 2 more years of treatment to go, and I don't plan on returning to work (in dental) during that time.

    I want a change of careers and thought studying during this period would be a healthy distraction for me.
    For a long time I've wanted to study nursing. I can only see myself remaining in the field of healthcare.

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    I desperately want to be an RN, but after what my daughter has gone through, I just cannot sacrifice my after hours life. She comes first and I want/need to be there for her each night, and on weekends.
    Is it possible to be an RN working a 'regular' work week? Eg: daytime hours preferably on weekdays.

    Is it possible for me to balance my lifestyle with my daughter, and work?
    And if not, can anyone recommend an alternative career in healthcare?

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    I work in aged care and we have RN'S who only work set shifts. Some only do weekends, some only do Monday to Thursday, some only work afternoons or nights. It can be flexible pending on where you want to work.

    Our shifts are set with hours that go from. 6:30am - 2:30pm, 2:10pm - 10:30pm and 9:30pm to 7:30am.

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    There are options, working in a doctors clinic, day surgery (can still work some shift work up til 7-8pm or so), fertility clinics, school nurse etc etc. During uni though you will be required to work shift work. Most students now seem to do all shifts these days, mornings, afternoons and nights. I doubt you could get out of doing these shifts. Do you plan on studying full time or part time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    There are options, working in a doctors clinic, day surgery (can still work some shift work up til 7-8pm or so), fertility clinics, school nurse etc etc. During uni though you will be required to work shift work. Most students now seem to do all shifts these days, mornings, afternoons and nights. I doubt you could get out of doing these shifts. Do you plan on studying full time or part time?
    So placement is shiftwork? That is do-able, but once graduated I'd like a family friendly roster.
    I know that probably sounds silly or selfish of me. What mother doesn't want that? But I do want to better my career and still be as present as possible for DD.

    I plan on studying full time. Over the next few years I have guaranteed family support from MIL and my mother

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    Have a bit of a think too about what area of nursing you want to do. You will greatly improve your skills and knowledge if you can get into a grad program once you graduate. It may be that you have to do shift work for the first year or so, but your career will thank you for it. A lot of places won't hire you without experience, and most places won't give you that experience without completing a grad program. It's a vicious cycle really given there is a bit of a surplus of nursing/midwifery graduates these day it seems. Grad programs are very competitive. You may even find one that's specific to the area you want to work in. I don't know if I'd recommend going straight into something that's restrictive like doctors clinic etc without some clinical experience under your belt. You want to be confident in what you're doing before you specialize and that's where a grad program can be of great benefit.

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    I completely commend your reasons and passions for nursing. I have worked as an RN for 15 years and teach at uni as well. I really don't want to burst your bubble but you are going to find it incredibly difficult to get the hours you want immediately. As a previous poster said people want you to complete a grad year and you would be required to work shift work. Its extremely compateive at the moment we had 1500 graduates this year with only 550 getting a graduate year. If you were to ask for family friendly hours immediately the chances are they would go with someone flexible as there are so many new RNs out there. Its a really tricky time in Healthcare at the moment we have more RNs then positions. As i said i don't want to ruin your dream, i think you need to really consider the fact that shift work will have to be on option till you have the experience to be able to move onto an area that have the hours you seek, but its would be very difficult as a graduate. I have sat on alot of job interview pannels for nurses and we really want people who have finished a grad year. Wish you all the best.

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    I have been an RN for 16yrs now. I strongly recommend doing a grad program if possible and getting strong clinical hospital based experience in your first couple of years out. You will have to do shift work for a bit but it gives you a better chance of finding something family friendly. There are so many fields of nursing. I work in a specialist medical practice now, so business hrs, but I would be very unskilled if I can straight to it from uni. Also keep in mind flat rate (no shift penalties ) pay is incredibly average 😢

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    @alexis243

    Whilst i admire your intentions and i understand the emphasis on being there for your daughter being an RN is difficult.

    I have been an RN for 12yrs, and I am yet to find a job of which you seek. I would love to find a job in a sector so that I could be home weekends, nights, and holiday times or even just public holidays. Im still searching!

    People make it sound easy that you can just move into these kinds of jobs after a few years of getting your skills in a hospital, but the reality for me has been quite different.

    I does really depend on your location. Im sorry to the other RN's who have replied but i have moved around a fair bit for various reasons and it really does depend on your location as to what you can find out there in Nursing. In the country there is not the opportunity to move into more sociable hours, as those jobs are already taken and those jobs only come up when they retire or die. In the country they usually have someone in mind to replace them with, and the only way you will get this kind of job is if you know someone in the job.

    In the city areas you have more scope. I did get a job in a community health centre which was great!! I worked from 8am to 5pm and had the public holidays off. But i quickly found out not all community nursing jobs actually provide these hours or public holidays off. The one here in the country you need to be available from 7am-10pm including weekends and public holidays. So I didnt go for that one.

    When you do your uni, they have placements that you must complete. You will be required to do weekends, nights, days, afternoons. Sometimes you have a quick shift which means. You might finish at 10pm and have to be back at work at 7am.

    I remember my first year out as a new grad. unfortunately guess who gets the rough end and gets stuck with more than their fair share of nightshifts. yep the new grad. Some hospitals see this as an opportunity to fill the night shifts. They say you can always swap with other nurses to change your shifts but this always depends on if other nurses are willing to swap with you.

    Some Nursing Unit Managers (NUM) are family friendly to a point. But some could not careless at all and will put you where they see fit. I even had one that would refuse to do shift swaps for any reason even for funerals. Which for funerals you can take compassionate leave. She was a b*i*t*c*h, i left that job.

    I have worked in a nursing home. Oh my god that job was flippin hard and my hats off to any nurse that can do that job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! worst 9months of my working career. I vowed never to do this again.

    So if you want a family orientated career I do not think this is the job for you. People make it sound so easy to find a family minded nursing position but Im still looking.

    We are moving to a new and permanent area soon, some where we want to sink our roots, live and die in this place. There may be an opportunity for me to find a job monday to saturday 7am to 5pm. But even the 7am bit is going to take a bit of work.

    oh before I forget even GP centers sometimes have hours depending on where you are that look a little like this. Must be available monday to sunday 8am to 8pm. That cut me out of the running of that job.

    Just wanted to let you know my position. And how I have found it to be. Im deadly honest with newbies wanting to take this on.

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    Default RN's - can I have your insight + opinion please?

    It would definitely be advisable to do a graduate program but you could consider the operating theatre in the private sector? They do a grad program and often can work mainly during the day with perhaps one late shift. It's normally much more negotiable and I also know of places that do 'mummy shifts' such as 7pm-11 or 9-2. So there are definitely options, some hospitals also do these shifts on the wards such as maternity (would require extra training though) or day surgery, endoscopy, Cath lab etc.

    Good luck with it all.

    ETA operating theatres in private also often run smaller lists on public holidays and over Xmas/Easter time so often it's a volunteer work arrangement. There are always people wanting the PH rates so often you won't need to work unless you want to.
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    I've decided to go ahead with studying Bach of Nursing, after my daughters oncologist confirmed that she will be finishing chemo/treatment early next year. The light is at the end of the tunnel for her 'nightmare', and we're all ready to move on.
    So good news - shift work will now not be a huge issue.

    Question... I've applied, and due to my current career, my SR is 68, and the cut off for Bach Nursing is 65 at my local uni.
    Do you think that's bad? Is it too close to the cut off? That score is before taking my experience into consideration, I've lodged that and am yet to hear back, but I'm not sure how much difference that will make.

    Did anyone else get in using a selection ranking in QLD?


 

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