Is becoming an RN still worth it? - page 3

by round12tko

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I just got accepted to do Div1 Bachelor of nursing at a pretty good uni however reading about 4 hour shifts, split shifts, having more health assistants then RNs I am becoming disillusioned. I want to know and be reassured that... Read More


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    Well, its about time someone said it, as this is an Australian forum, the people that use it should be free from any criticsm of what they believe the job of nursing is about.

    As everyone has individual life experiences it is very subjective and someone saying they think it is a beastly job is not going to stop anyone else from trying it.

    The people doing the shouting down are mainly I believe, not from Australia, but believe nursing is a calling as it is part of their culture to think this way. Often many of people are looking at the Australian forum because they are loo
    king to use their nursing as the 'golden ticket' into Australia and pr.

    Nurses in Australia come from many different immigrant cultures and all of us have our reasons for taking it on. We all have bad days and good days and usually for every great experience there are 20 others you could do without.

    Nurses in Australia are fine advocates for their patients and hence this is wherethe frustration occurs, not with low pay, or the abuse you sometimes have to put up with, but the lack of support from management and managers and all others with the show money.

    So unless you have experienced Australia and our customs and our health system and start to have some understanding of what it is all about......do not tell Australians they should not be nursing, just because they state how they feel at times in an Australian forum, because someone asked what they thought of it!!!!

    AMEN
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    He He he
    I love my job. Sometimes Ive gone home and had a big cry after a stressfull day. I work in Autralia and have been in the hospital for 2 1/2 years now. It worth it. I have never had to stay back without being paid. It really isnt required. maybe 10 mins? but never hours. I dont understand people that say that? In our hospital we ALWAYS get paid overtime and its pretty good money! I did a double shift yesterday and earned a killing! You wont know if you want to do it until you get into it. I believe in Australia your first placement is at the end of your first year of uni. Give it ago and you can see how you feel during your placement. I bet you will lurveeee it!! Gooood luck!!
    p.s. my favourite co worker has been an RN for over 30 years and she absolutely loves it still. It just depends on the person not the job title.
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    Carol-I don't want to cause offense but you sound like you're burned out and need some R&R. It doesn't help when you've experienced the high levels of stress and bad behaviour that goes on in the system. I felt like this a few years ago, even started a law degree that didn't work out. One of the hardest things I've had to learn is that I can't fix all the problems, I just have to do the best I can with what I have. Being a bit of a perfectionist I find this difficult to do and often find myself getting wound up. As for bullies well the best method I have with dealing with them is to remain calm and rationale and put on my 'I don't give a sh*t' face.

    Is it worth it? I think that's entirely up to the individual. I think you have to go into nursing with an open mind and realize that it's not all rainbows and lollypops and some days are worse than others.
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    Hi I was wondering what the average nursing salary was for critical nurse with 16 years experience in Australia
    also i have been a nurse educator at a hospital for 2 years?
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    To Assusie RN 87 How long have you been a nurse in Australia. Where you a resident or did you move there? I am a nurse with a family that is thinking about moving to Australia. I have 16 years experience as an ICU nurse? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Yes. I graduated at the end of 2009 after 3 years of uni, had 8 months off and then started nursing (gosford hospital, nsw). Ive been in ICU for 1 year now and although i have had some busy days I can honestly say that i have been well supported by all my colleagues, get pretty good pay and can see a stable job in the future
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