Australian STUDENTS - page 6

Hi There, I know this isn't the nursing student forum, however that area of the board is largely plagued with nursing students in America! I'm an Australian nursing student scouring All Nursing for any other Australian nursing... Read More

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    Thanks Rachel, well did you go straight from your year 12? I guess you did if you are only 20. I am 444. Were there a lot of mature age students in your classes? I guess you are doing full time. I'm only doing part I am still mothering a 17 and 15 year old, running our business, working as a community nurse (AIN), 4 evenings a week and looking after my Aunt once a week. I've had to give up some of my nursing shifts and my charity work. My daughter got her P's and a job at the end of last year and is doing year 12, my son year 10. Plus housework when I can fit it in ..oh and swimming 3x a week.

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    Thanks Rachel, how come you know your clinicals already? I won't have any till the next semester I guess.
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    I did come straight from school, but I did year twelve over two years and took one semester part time so I'm a bit older than some of the people in my class who came straight from school and did everything the "normal" way. There are plenty of mature aged students in our course. I only know what subjects my clinicals are for and the areas they're in but I won't know where I'm going (what hospital/ward etc) until a few weeks before hand.
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    Hi everyone, I've just reached the halfway mark in my studies (2 out of 4 yrs) and have been enjoying my first break from study & work since I started. I have my 2nd lot of clinicals coming up this semester and I'm really looking forward to it, though I have no idea where it'll be! I haven't been to allnurses for a while but I'll be popping in more often now I've found this thread. Nice to meet you all & I look forward to reading more aussie posts. :-)
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    HI Janis, well you interest me particularly because of your age. How did you find it agewise?? I am 44 and only just about to enter semester 1. What are your clinicals? And how long do they go for?
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    HI Janis, well you interest me particularly because of your age. How did you find it agewise?? I am 44 and only just about to enter semester 1. What are your clinicals? And how long do they go for?
    I'll be honest - I was petrified, especially because I'm a single mum of 3 boys. However, I've found it to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I also eased myself into study by gaining my aged care cert III. You won't be alone age-wise, and there's always support from tutors & fellow students. I've only done 1 clinical so far, and that was aged care for 2 weeks. I have one coming up this semester but I'm not sure whether it's in a block or spread over a few weeks. Good luck with your studies, I'm sure you'll love it and do well!
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    Hi well I think you are very brave and good on you for doing it. Congrats on getting half way there too. When you say you did a clinical in aged care..were you in the hospital, or nursing home? I did my prac for Cert III in a nursing home and enjoyed it. I currently work as an AIN in community nursing for aged care. I am looking forward to uni...only 2 weeks to go. I have biology and "Health, culture and society" .
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    Thanks! I did my placement in an aged care facility- coincidentally the same facility I did my aged care placement in! I work for blue care as a domestic while I study, which suits me as it's daytime hours only. Hope you enjoy uni- where are you going to be studying?
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    I will be at ACU. What subjects have you done?? I am hoping it won't be too hard. I don't know about the essays??? Failed the HSC in 1984 and have done TAFE and 2 years of Nature Care College...both were quite good will have to wait and see I guess.
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    Have you done a course to get in, such as TPP (at USQ) or a similar program? I'm so glad I did that, as I learnt about academic writing and other skills required for uni. I call it my 'Uni preschool'! It had to do it, as I never completed high school but I would recommend it for anyone returning to studies. Having said that, there are plenty who manage quite well without it, but for me it was a lifesaver!

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