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    Default Career Change.. Anyone Here a Nurse?

    Some might remember me whinging about hating my job.
    Well I had a revelation and realised life is to short to spend the majority of my life loathing my days.
    I looked into other jobs I was qualified for and realised I am just going to keep going from one crap job to another and whats the point.
    So I have decided to go back to study. I know it will be a hard time with one full time salary coming in (I will hopefully get a little something of centrelink and still work part time as much as I can) But I know for certain this is what I want to do.
    Well it has turned out to be perfect timing as enrolments for semester 2 at tafe are open.
    This left me with deciding what the heck I wanted to study!
    My first thought and choice was to become a vet nurse.. Looking more into it the job prospects didnt look great and the one course they have here in adelaide was already closed for applications- so that went out the window.
    This left me thinking about what exactly I wanted in a job, and came to the following conclusions:
    -I didnt want a 9-5 job
    -I didnt want to stare at a computer and be on my butt all day everyday
    -I wanted a job where each day was different and a challenge
    -I wanted a job where I felt like I was actually doing something worthwhile and not kissing butt all day long.
    -wanted a career with lots of different avenues so if I hate one direction I can try another
    -Wanted a career with very good job security and where positions werent too rare.

    All this led me to nursing!

    So now I have applied for diploma of enrolled nursing, once I finish that I will see what I want to do- maybe go to uni and become registered nurse or something like that.

    All I have to do now is take a test that establishes my competence as I didnt finish year 12. Am very nervous I have no idea how I will go.

    Then if I go decent get accpeted. Apparently this course is hard to get into with lots of compition so who knows. Have a long wait though- 22 June!

    Anyway sorry for the long post but am wondering if anyone in here is a nurse that could give me any warnings against or advise or anything like that?
    Even non nurses- do you think this is a good idea?

    thanks for reading my current life plan

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    - I didnt want a 9-5 job
    Most people who want not 9-5, want a say in when they get to work. So the big hospitals don't give you a say, but the smaller doctor clinics might eg aim for "nurse practicioner".

    -I didnt want to stare at a computer and be on my butt all day everyday
    25% of a nurse's job involves sitting in front of a computer and documenting everything they have done with a patient including chatting (cos that's theraputic too and costs nurse time), mostly its to cover financial and legal arses.

    -I wanted a job where each day was different and a challenge
    emergency ward nursing or maybe midwifery, but other nursing can be same old same old

    -I wanted a job where I felt like I was actually doing something worthwhile and not kissing butt all day long.
    Nurses have to be very good at kissing butt, patients, doctors, senior nurses, hospital admin, it staff, the list goes on and on and on...

    -wanted a career with lots of different avenues so if I hate one direction I can try another
    definitely Nursing has many many flavours and varieties. Contract nursing where you fill in when the main staff is short - is much more varied in terms of who you work with, and where, not to mention the time slots, but you won't have any more public holidays free either.

    -Wanted a career with very good job security and where positions werent too rare.
    Definitely - lots of nursing jobs around. Probably always will be. Nurse burnout is quite high, and some get jaded because they don't get to spend time with patients as much as they'd like - or they didn't expect people who are ill or in pain to be so grumpy all the time.

    I was never a nurse and never wanted to be. I'm not good with sick people. I worked on the IT side, with nurses who had snuck out of patient care and into 9 to 5 IT support. Someone has to manage the nurse/hospital requirements in a computer system. Don't ask me what a pathway is or a care plan.

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    Nursing is a great career choice, there are always nursing jobs available out there!

    I am starting a course in Ages Care (cert III) at the end of next month which will hopefully lead me into nursing (and like you, I am hoping Centrelink will help me out with the tuition fees!)

    A good friend of mine is a certified nurse, that is one step below a registered nurse and she also started out doing aged care. She said it was a good building block to prepare yourself for what's ahead... just something to think about.

    The course I'm doing is 4 days a week over 6 months, then it's a 90% chance I will be employed by the start of January.

    I am also doing extra components in the course which are optional in Home and Community Care. This is basically doing the same job but going to people homes to help them, as well as working with the disabled, not just the elderly.

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    Lol Hy.

    Jazz, that's great! Such motivation, go for it.
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    oh yes, most of the nurses I met who worked for the RDNS - visiting patients in home, loved their job, that was why they wanted to be a nurse - that.

    And mostly they did not have a doctor or hospital admin standing over them, and the patients and families were usually very grateful - if a little stressed and grumpy.

    There's a lot of terminal care and respite care in this line - a lot of sad endings but definitely worthwhile satisfying work. Helps if you can lift heavy people.

    Nurse practicioners - some of them go into GP support work - because there is no more lifting or changing bed sheets wet from supplying a bed pan that wasn't big enough.

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    Mum's an EN, and will be studying for RN soon. Questions for her?

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    Unfortunately guys for all my planning, enthusiasm and motivation I have had to withdraw my application :,(
    Looking over finances have realised we really just could not afford it. Stupid debts.
    Maybe in 6 years when they are all paid off I will revisit the idea.
    In the meantime still stuck at this crappy job for the foreseeable future
    *sigh*

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    Congratulations for taking the initiative!

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    edited - need to learn to read better

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