Finished degree!!!!!!!!

  1. Hello fellow aussies, as our colleagues in the USA do it,on their forums - I am....

    I pppaasssedddd. I am now just about officially a RN Div 1. Wow!!! Officially finish end of this semester 14 July!!!!

    It has only taken 25 years as an RNA name change to SEN and then RN Div 2 and finally I got that dam degree.

    I have already been offered a position in a grad. nurse program starting in July. Now I am starting to worry about, Oh NO!!!! all this and you want me to do the pills, IVs and everthing as well???

    I thought when an Div 2 that there is "not much difference" but now there, and all that responsiblity!!!

    Its great reading this forum. seeya later C

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  3. by   gwenith
    congratulations ceridywn and welcome to the bulletin board!!
  4. by   Grace Oz
    CONGRATULATIONS! WELL DONE! WISHING YOU ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE FUTURE IN YOUR ROLE AS AN RN.
    Cheers,
    Grace
  5. by   Joh
    Congratulations,, well done...hip horray..... thats so great.... I bet you feel amazing, relieved, and scared all at the same time..

    Good luck with the new position,, let us know how your first day goes....
    I have only 12 weeks to go,,

    Cheers

    Joh (Mackay Queensland)
  6. by   renerian
    Congrats! WE in the states do not have divisions? I am not familiar with what they mean? Could you explain?

    renerian
  7. by   ceridwyn
    Thanks everyone for your congrats.

    Goodluck Joh,
    I found the last semester the hardest just to keep focused. Will keep you posted. I am stressed at the moment as the uni. feels that they need more time to get my "course completed" to the nurses board so that I can get transferred to Div 1. The way it looks at the moment I may not even get to the first day as a new grad. - gee that sounds good.!!!

    Hi Renerian, its a long story about "nurses titles' in Australia. And who does what.

    To be a "Registered Nurse" which means total patient care, -drugs, ivs, full asessment, go on to management, specializes, one now needs to have since the early 90's a Bachelors degree to register in any state.

    An Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse Division 2 as we are called in some states, are a 2nd level nurse that is educated in medications in some states, some they are not- They attend a vocational education college called TAFE for a year. I think they would be considered LPN without the medications. I have heard in Queensland they do an 'endorsement' to do medications and the course is a 18 month course for a diploma. You gain after a 12 month course a Certicate IV in Nursing. They are an integral part of the nursing team and are employed in both acute and long term care.

    I have actually worked with a nurse from the States that was an LPN over there, considered a RN Division 2 or Enrolled Nurse, here and was quite frustrated at her duties as a Division 2. Had to go back to uni here for 2 years!!!

    Well I hope this is not too long winded, but it is a complicated story. seeya, C
  8. by   ceridwyn
    Thanks everyone for your congrats.

    Goodluck Joh,
    I found the last semester the hardest just to keep focused. Will keep you posted. I am stressed at the moment as the uni. feels that they need more time to get my "course completed" to the nurses board so that I can get transferred to Div 1. The way it looks at the moment I may not even get to the first day as a new grad. - gee that sounds good.!!!

    Hi Renerian, its a long story about "nurses titles' in Australia. And who does what.

    To be a "Registered Nurse" which means total patient care, -drugs, ivs, full asessment, go on to management, specializes, one now needs to have since the early 90's a Bachelors degree to register in any state.

    An Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse Division 2 as we are called in some states, are a 2nd level nurse that is educated in medications in some states, some they are not- They attend a vocational education college called TAFE for a year. I think they would be considered LPN without the medications. I have heard in Queensland they do an 'endorsement' to do medications and the course is a 18 month course for a diploma. You gain after a 12 month course a Certicate IV in Nursing. They are an integral part of the nursing team and are employed in both acute and long term care.

    I have actually worked with a nurse from the States that was an LPN over there, considered a RN Division 2 or Enrolled Nurse, here and was quite frustrated at her duties as a Division 2. Had to go back to uni here for 2 years!!!

    Well I hope this is not too long winded, but it is a complicated story. seeya, C
  9. by   ceridwyn
    Sorry for the double posting.

    I have been told by a colleague, an overseas trained nurse, Australia does have agreements with some countries. So you do not always need a degree to register as an RN DV 1 But I am no expert on this, thats for sure. seeya later C.
  10. by   jayna
    Congratulation :hatparty:
  11. by   Rav_810
    Congrats!! And Good Luck.
    I have a year and a half to go!
  12. by   Joh
    Well I have done it.....Am now a Registerd Nurse Level 1 Grade 2....Am working a post grad in my 6th week......Its wonderful,,hard scary and rewarding...but am sooooo tired,,,... I work 6 on with 2 off.....with a 4 day break within a 8 week roster.....Does the tiredness ever go away..........

    Joh (Mackay, Qld
  13. by   gwenith
    Yes and no
    Oh! my aching feet!! The litany of the nurse. Welcome to the board Joh - are you related to that famous politician with the same first name???
  14. by   ceridwyn
    Hi, Joh, By the end of 3 months on a very busy surg. ward the feet started to numb up a bit. The only thing is, I have forgotton everything I learn't in the 6 months post-grad that I did. Oh well. C

    I am not working at the moment due to child care problems, but after 3 months off, I am starting to get 'keen' to get back to nursing again, if only for 1-2 days a week, just for some extra cash. I am studying a post grad dip in primary ed. at the moment - distant ed.

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