there are a couple of pro's and con's for both options.
i had to do my cert iv just to get into uni and so spent 1 yr doing that at tafe. i was then accepted into uni and was given the first six months off in credit for having my div 2. however, doing your div 2 really does give you some great basic skills - personal care, showering, feeding, transferring, using lifting equipment etc and although this is covered in uni, it is in my opinion rushed over and you are not taught these very basic but important skills properly. i keep referring back to my div 2 teaching when i need to call on these skills.
once you have completed your second year of uni, you can in fact apply to become a div 2. so if you go directly to uni, you could work as a pca and then a div 2 from begining of your third year.
apart from getting the fist six months credit for uni, i also got given credits for 1 elective subject per semester and let me tell you that was worth its weight in gold and really helped to take the pressure off.
im sure the above will apply to you as i think most victorian uni's offer a similar thing for div 2's.
good luck with your decision - either way you go, you will come out of it a great nurse if you knuckle down, engage in the topics and make the very most of the limited clinical placements you get.
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i'm planning to study nursing in australia and have 2 options:
1st year at tafe for certificate iv in health (nursing)
2 yrs 6 months at university
total: 3 yrs 6 months
3 years months at university
total: 3 years
but in the first option, i can be registered as an enrolled nurse. my question is do you think it will be worth spending 6 months extra to be an enrolled nurse and work as an enrolled nurse while i study my bachelors in university (of course part time work).
or should i go directly to university and save 6 months?