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Can't wait to travel after uni!

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  1. thanks for the quick reply, elenova! i have been reading some of your posts on other threads. we would like to go to dubai or abu dhabi. if a married couple of RNs go to dubai can they then live together in hospital accommodation or do they usually find accommodation off campus? i have read that if you do not live in the free provided accommodation u can get an allowance, are the rents reasonable? i really appreciate your help! evie
  2. elenova, i am an aussie RN very keen to go to the UAE next year. i work in medical high dependency (mostly cardiac pts). my boyfriend is a general RN and we want to travel together. is there any hope of us being able to live together if we're not married? were u recruited thru an agency or did u apply directly? i am having trouble finding specific information and i have so many questions! many thanks, evie
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    Channel Islands

    Can someone give me the low-down on the Channel Islands? I have seen several job ads for Guernsey and I've tried to do a google search but all I can really find is touristy stuff. Is it isolating working there? Do you have to be a certain type of person? These are things I am trying to work out.. Thanks!
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    bachelor of nursing

    dardar, you don't need any science subjects as prerequisites for a nursing degree. well, not for the undergraduate entry. some universities have graduate entry, where you need a science degree first. having said that, you will study science subjects within the nursing degree but they start at a fairly basic level so you shouldn't be disadvantaged. however, you will need to obtain an entry score to be eligible to apply to the universities, but these are specific to each state in this country. just keep having a look at the websites of the unis - here is an example from the university i attended: QUT - http://www.hlth.qut.edu.au/nrs/courses/undergrad also, there should be info about applying as an international student for each institution.
  5. thanks grace! i am having so much fun working and actually getting paid for it! as a student nurse i was a bit worried but, you know, getting your registration is like getting your drivers' licence!! once you're on your own you just FLY. i'm learning heaps every day and i love the interaction with the other nurses, doctors and allied health staff. even though the ward on which i'm working is quite heavy (it's general medical), i have a blast because i'm doing exactly what i want to be doing. it makes me WANT to learn to understand my patients' conditions, and i know that by doing this year (grad program) i'm learning how to be a good nurse rather than being tunnel-visioned and only wanting to do all the exciting, high-tech stuff that some nursing grads go after straight away. there are some mornings when i am up to my elbows in poo by 7:30, and i think "what am i doinG?" but then even that has it's little rewards when i can clean up someone who has been incontinent so that they are more comfortable and their healing can continue (or they can die with dignity, whichever). i think out of everything, though, it has been meeting new people. that is so much fun. i'm so glad i'm a nurse - not bitter and twisted yet!!!!!
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    Want to work in the OR when I qualify

    my friend went straight into a 12 month theatre grad program (she's actually doing the transition program which gets her credit towards a grad cert i think) - she knew it was what she wanted to do so went for it! i think that if you know then go for it, if not maybe do a general program, but why waste your time? i had a choice b/w rotations and 12 months, and i took the 12 months in medical because that is what i wanted to do. it'd be better for you to do something you find fun and interesting rather than not and start to resent your job before you really love it!! by the way, my friend in theatre is doing rotations - recovery, scrubbing, scouting, and anaesthetics!
  7. good luck, kelly! i started working as an RN in mid-december after finishing uni, and work has reinforced that i definitely made the right choice studying nursing. yep, times will get tough when you're in the middle of assignments and exams or away on clinical rotations, but it is TOTALLY worth it in the end. how lucky are we? we get to do a really cool job, get paid reasonably well for it, and work a roster wherein we don't have to be stuck in an office 9-5, 5 days a week! once you get stuck into the study you won't look back, even if you feel daunted by what you don't know, don't worry, it all comes together in the end (sounds so cliched i know but it's so true).
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    The MICU faqs continue to be updated...

    Hi Mark, I just wanted to let you know that your ICQ FAQs have been a huge help to me as a 3rd year student in the lead up to my final Med-Surg exam (the focus of which is high acuity nursing). Reading through the documents has reinforced what I have learned, but with a more "human" approach through your writing, it has been much more enjoyable. Keep up the great work!!!!!!!
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    Thinking ahead - Jobs!

    but then i guess a graduate program is what you make of it..
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    We're Being Beaten!!!!

    or should that be, my EYES..
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    We're Being Beaten!!!!

    torachan - my ears are bleeding!! hahaha
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    Thinking ahead - Jobs!

    do you think there is a difference in whether you work for QH or a private hospital in your grad year? (apart from the obvious pay, conditions, etc) we have been told that a lot of private hospitals start recruiting earlier than public..
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    Thinking ahead - Jobs!

    hi everyone, i'm also at QUT.. i just did a rural placement which confirmed to me that i wanted to stay here in brisbane for at least a year or two (gwenith - you told me so! ) - but it was something i had to figure out for myself.. one of my friends is working at the royal kids this year and yes, she had done a placement there in 3rd year.. from what i have heard that really helps for areas with high competition, ie. to get yourself known at least.. we have just had to apply for our 2nd last prac and you should see how many people have put in for paeds, ccu, burns, peri-op etc.. and they are offering at least one maternity placement so that has proved quite popular.. i think (that is, THIS WEEK) i want to do oncology/haematology or something like that, and although i have done 1 oncol placement i've applied for another this time, now that i am more confident in what i'm doing.. but still, i am a little scared about the whole job application process! i don't know why.. i guess i'll just apply to heaps of places and make sure my selection criteria is written properly for QH - i spoke to a physio grad and she said she didn't get a call back from QH at first because of the way she'd written her SC.. anyway, i bought that book they sell (how to get that job or whatever it's called) so i'll have a good read of that!! i was a bit shocked when i heard only half of last year's grads got a job at first (is that right??) - and then the other day we were told that QH has something like 640 grad positions for the 1000+ nursing students (in brisbane alone!!!!!) bah, i guess it's just a matter of waiting and seeing!! it doesn't bother me all that much if i don't work in the area that i "want" next year because i am after a year of general to build my foundations of practice on anyway.. and then i'll probably go o/s anyway!!!!
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    28yr old want to study 4 RN-What u think?

    through the grape vine i've heard that UTS offers a great nursing program
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    Music from OZ

    i think we are, bukko! although i can only speak for myself and the nurses i know. one nurse i worked with last year was the owner of a very groovy up-and-coming club in the valley here in brisbane, and i always hear of the cool acts they have playing there. i might be biased as an aussie but i absolutely love our music. you name it - powderfinger, the whitlams, silverchair, the superjesus, the living end, pete murray, alex lloyd, george, john butler trio, kylie, delta, natalie imbruglia.. need i go on? all contemporary aussies with amazing talent and put simply, great music.
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    Finished degree!!!!!!!!

    congratulations on finishing joh :) i am in my last year - finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! going into my 5th year of full-time study.. i want out! but there's not long to go.. i am going on prac at the end of next week thank goodness so at least i won't be at uni