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EN or RN? Brisbane QLD Australia

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by enoto enoto (New) New

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I have been wanting to study nursing for a few years now but it has always been the wrong time because of family matters. My daughter is now 16 months old and I am feeling like maybe my time has come and I can finally enroll without feeling like I am depriving my baby.

BUT now I can't decide what is better, I was set on doing the EEN course online through my local TAFE so I can study at home and save on day care fees (I have previously studied psychology from home but didn't finish the course but I know I have the will to be able to study at home) but then I go on forums and read that it is better to skip the EEN course and go straight to RN which for me is located at the same campus around the corner from my house but it is a full time course, isn't offered online and is twice the duration. I'm so lost. Do I do my original plan of study the EEN course and follow it up later on with a BN or go straight to a BN?

In the short run I am happy to work anywhere but in the long run I want to work in surgery, maternity or in a specialist ward.

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suga_junkie has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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If you want to be an RN, I'd say go for it straight out. It's 3 years to do your RN or 18 months to do EN but then another 2 years full time at uni for an EN to RN conversion. Also trying to do full time uni, 4 week prac rotations and juggle a family while working as an EN seems more difficult to me than just straight up doing your RN. I did my RN straight up, so this is just my opinion based on observation of the many ENs I work with who are doing their conversion.

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I have been wanting to study nursing for a few years now but it has always been the wrong time because of family matters. My daughter is now 16 months old and I am feeling like maybe my time has come and I can finally enroll without feeling like I am depriving my baby.

BUT now I can't decide what is better, I was set on doing the EEN course online through my local TAFE so I can study at home and save on day care fees (I have previously studied psychology from home but didn't finish the course but I know I have the will to be able to study at home) but then I go on forums and read that it is better to skip the EEN course and go straight to RN which for me is located at the same campus around the corner from my house but it is a full time course, isn't offered online and is twice the duration. I'm so lost. Do I do my original plan of study the EEN course and follow it up later on with a BN or go straight to a BN?

In the short run I am happy to work anywhere but in the long run I want to work in surgery, maternity or in a specialist ward.

Hey, I think if your ultimate goal is to be a RN then it doesn't matter which path you take as long as you keep working to get there. Personally, I am going for the diploma this year (EN) I know it'll take longer, but it's 1.5 years and this will go towards my bachelor to become a RN. I think maybe make a pro/con list and go with what feels right to you.

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