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    Hello!

    I'm seeking some guidance on how I should handle the circumstances I'm currently in.

    I graduated from a Diploma of Nursing in December 2013, and a year later the only position I've been offered is as an Agency EN, and I took it. The plan was to take a year after graduating to find a job as an EN before starting my RN's part-time next year.

    Most of the shifts I do are on med/surg wards, and my patient load is usually 4. Often I get called in as a special for one pt, but the RN's will always say "Well, seeing how you're going to be in here the entire shift, you may as well take the three other patients in here." And because I want to appear helpful, I make the mistake of agreeing never really knowing what I'm agreeing to, and it often puts me in situations I can't handle without support which upsets the other nurses.

    Basically, I feel like an imposter. I don't wear a fob watch because it has symbolism to me, and I don't yet feel like a real nurse. Every shift an RN will prompt me to do something I should have already done, or reprimand me for not knowing how to perform a certain procedure. I'm still in student mode without the support and safety net. I feel like part of the problem.

    So, here are my options as I see them.

    Option 1:
    Ask the Agency to drop me back to AIN while I find my feet on the ward, do a few semesters and pracs of my RN's to help get my skills up and then ask the agency to bump me back up to EN once I find my confidence.

    Option 2:
    Stay as an EN and learn to swim in the deep end, knowing that I'll eventually find my confidence, remaining mindful of my own limitations and patient safety. I performed well during my pracs and received glowing reports from my facilitators, but now that I'm on my own, I don't feel as confident as I did during prac.

    As one RN told me "You've got to fake it before you make it".

    But when I explained my situation to another RN, she said "I'm going to write a letter to management."

    Thanks for reading, advice would be welcomed.

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    Thank you. The diploma is not easy and it's frustrating to be asked "What's an EN?". I've been turned off from the idea due to the lack of information and recognition of the qualification. It seems like with the ADF you're an RN or you're not a nurse.

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    Hey Jess,

    Doing your nursing diploma would be a massive advantage to you as you would be able to work as an EN while you do your Uni years, also you should get RPL on your degree (it's a years worth of credit here in QLD if you do have a nursing diploma). Have you looked at other tafe's perhaps in another state? I'm at the Southbank Institute of Tech in Brisbane and I didn't think I'd get in but I did I think in part due to the large intake and they offer programs where you're guaranteed a spot at one of the local universities once you get your diploma.

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    Thanks for the reply but that's the vaguest answer I've received yet. Medical orderly isn't even a listed job and the education requirements for medic is a year 10 pass so yeah, I'm kinda over qualified for that.

    Guess I'll do my 2 years at Uni while time is still on my side.

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    Hi,

    I'm an EN student trying to figure out my next move after I graduate. I would like to work in the ADF but from my understanding, you have to be an RN or an RN student to obtain a nursing job in the ADF. I called the recruitment number and the recruiter I spoke to just quoted what was on the website and couldn't accurately answer my questions (wasn't aware of the difference between RN's and EN's). The information regarding EN roles in the ADF is really vague or perhaps I'm just looking in the wrong places.

    Does anybody know what ADF jobs are available to me as an EN?

    Thanks.



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