Calling Australian nurses! regarding uni and salaries!

  1. I'm a 17 year old student in my last year of high school in Victoria, Australia. I'm considering a career in nursing. Can anyone recommend good universities (the best?)? also can someone tell me about the salaries ranges in nursing. Thanks.
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  3. by   Nurse Kat
    As I said in the other thread you started, I'm in my final year of nursing at Deakin, Melbourne. Three year course. It's a good course, not everone likes the format, problem based/self directed. Great reputation, we're the only VIC course with clinicals in the first year (not all of the VIC unis do anyway). I am biased but Deakin is a great uni, great social life etc. All the Vic unis have good courses though. But Deakin has more fun!!!
    As far as salary next year I will earn around $16.70-17.70 Ausie per hour for morning shifts, more on lates, nights and weekends. Works out to about $1000 AU take home a fortnight. That's just the graduate program wages, they go up after your first year.
    If you want more info about DEAKIN go to
  4. by   Tookie
    happy Star -
    Will PM you
  5. by   OrthoNutter
    Don't go to CQU....I didn't enjoy their course coz there was a lot of waffly nonsense crap in first year. Also, no prac until second year so by the time you know what it's like, too bad how sad, you've wasted a year of your life. My starting salary was $32k as a state RN and that INCLUDED penalties. Don't do it for the money....that's what I did and I'm regretting it. If you do choose nursing, do so because it chose you first....all the best in your future decisions.
  6. by   happystar
    where's CQU? Sorry, not very familiar with abbreviation.
  7. by   OrthoNutter
    Happystar...the sunshine/smart/sick state...Queensland...

    Sorry...didn't realise you were a Melbourne/Victoria girl so I don't think the option of studying there would ever have occurred to you anyway. I'm on nights at the moment so my brainpower is at absolute minimum.

  8. by   jayna
    I agree with Nurse Kat. Deakin UNI' have a good reputation even though am from the solomons I know about it.
  9. by   Tookie
    Happystar did you get my PM - was it of any interest