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Becoming an EN

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by squishy squishy (New) New

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Hi,

I have decided to change careers from medical science to nursing :) and would like to become an enrolled nurse first so I have a way to earn money through the journey and also so I can make sure this profession is really for me before undertaking any further university study. I have heard it is very competitive to get into the enrolled nurse course and was wondering if anyone would have any helpful tips on getting into the course. I also believe that you have to sit a maths and English exam? Its so long since Ive done any maths I wonder if anyone has any ideas on areas which I should study.:uhoh21: :confused: Thanks in advance

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gwenith is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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The maths exam is fairly basic - not or should not include stats or advanced calculus. After all our most common math calculation is drug doseages though they are not as bad as tallying up a fluid balance chart after working all night:D

The English exam, judging by your post, you should have no difficulty with.

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hi...the test is pretty easy, but do remember you have the interviews for the placements after that and thats where things can get tricky, a lot of people want to get into the 'best' big hospitals so they have many people to interview and thats where the talent of 'selling yourself' becomes handy...good luck with it...

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Thanks for your hints and well wishes. I sat the test last week and it was easier than I was expecting which was a relief. They told us when we went in that 892 had applied in this area for this intake - AAHHH!!!! I thought there would be a lot of applicants but not quite that many! I got called for an interview which is next Monday and I am trying not to get my hopes up because like you say there are a lot of people to be interviewed. I'll just keep my fingers crossed and try my best - you never know.

If I dont get in I dont know whether I should go and do the certificate III and try again for the next intake (I feel like if there is that many applicants each time I may never get in) or just bite the bullet and go straight to uni. I would really rather do EN first to gain experience and to enable me to earn some money to get through uni if/when I decide go on to do the RN. Does anyone have any idea which is the better option.

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i say try and try again....some ppl get in on the 1st go and some have to try twice...i know i did the interview part twice and havent regretted it...i do was thinking of doing an RN after this but are happy as an EN..u can always apply for the next intake and also for uni and see which one happens,,if u get into both u can deferre uni for a yr, (some of the ppl did that on my course)...whatever u decide to do, do the best u can and dont give up....

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