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    I girls,

    Just thought i would let you all know that i did'nt get in to BMID. They did offer me BNS but i declined. Instead, i accepted my offer back at JCU. I am a litlte bummed about not getting into BMID but nevermind.

    I am excited about starting uni again though. I mean whats the point in starting a course that is 2 states away when i can do the same course at the Uni which is 30 mins away. I have also heard through the grapevine that JCU might be offering Direct Entry BMID soon. So i don't mind doing my first year nursing and then applying for either UniSA BMID or hopefully JCU if they have brang it in by then.

    All in all, i am pretty happy with my decision.


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    Ooo Sara, fingers crossed JCU start offering the BMid soon!

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    Hi, I`m new to all of this, but would like to say thankyou to you all, I came across BB when I was panicking about my stat score and decided to do a search for relevant topics, it was nice to find out that I was not alone. Anyway, I applied for BMID at curtin this year and moved the family closer to Perth, (just in case). When I saw how many had applied for Bmid I added Bacherlor of Nursing to my preferences and put ECU before Curtin, purely to try and get my travelling times down if I did not get into BMID. I didn`t get BMID but got my second preference of nursing at ECU, which will be nice as I will now be at the same uni as my son (not sure if he is excited about the prospect as me!!) Looking forward to uni life though.

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    Teetee congrats on getting into nursing! Are you going to apply for Mid again next year? I remember watching a movie once called Frank or something like that and the mum was at the same uni at her son.

    I just bought two of my textbooks, yay! One from Ebay and another one off another website where you can buy second hand textbooks. So thats cool. I'm looking forward to getting them so I can start some reading! I'm a dork!

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    Will look at finishing nursing first and then hopefully get onto a post grad mid course at a later date. Have been living in rural WA away from any major centers and a lot of the smaller hospitals are always looking for RN/midwives to fill their vacancies due to the low birth rates in the area.
    Have looked at the book list, it seems endless. My son told me to wait till I go to my first lectures before I buy any of the text books, as they have a habit of changing their minds on which ones to use, does anyone have any thoughts on that one? are there books that they will definatly use?
    Have just booked into a foundation in science course, just to get the brain thinking in this area again as it has been 20 years since I studied human biology, sure it will all come back eventually.

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    Teetee, I never had that problem with the book list at my Univeristy but as your son is attending the same Uni as you, I would take on board that advice. Particularly if he is studying similar subjects to you...
    Good plan about the post-grad mid. The path I want to follow requires me to have critical care and mid qualifications so I will also be doing it as a post-grad course down the track
    All the best with your studies!

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    MG what area are you looking at getting into?

    and I'm glad unisa didnt change their mind on you re the books needed!
    because, I bought another one! It was super cheap compared to what it costs new, and I suppose even if they do end up changing the prescribed text I am sure I can still use it as a bit of extra reading anyway.

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    I'll look at a Critical Care area - so maybe ICU or Emergency, I'll eventually do MID, and there is an aeromedical course I want to do... eventually. I will probably also look into peri-operative (theatre) a looooooooooooooooooong way down the track. I would also love to do peads but that is also a long way down the track... i will focus on getting what I NEED first...

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    Thats really cool MG. Good luck. How is your new job going?
    Can you believe I am already thinking of all the special areas of nursing I'm interested in! They'll probably all change though in the next couple years while I'm doing my study.

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    I think it is great to have an idea of what you want to specialise in when you're studying because sometimes you can request placements on specific wards (or at hospitals that might specialise in the sort of thing you're interested in. Eg, if you're realy into women's health, you could request a placement at the Women's or even the Mercy for Women in Vic). At UniSA (when I did it), there was an opportunity to do a "specialised" subject in 3rd (?) year. Being able to explore those areas of interest whilst you're a student can help form where you might like to do your Grad Year or what requests you'll make for rotations in your Grad Year (hope I make sense!). I went into my degree with an idea of where I wanted to end up and had the opportunity to experience that in my student days... and decided it was great but not enough for me.
    Thanks for asking about the new job. It is challenging. I'm still making up my mind as to whether or not I like it. I've always been a believer that the staff make or break a ward and I'm lucky that most of the staff are pretty good and really helpful. But it is a steep learning curve for me as it is so different from what I've been doing. My ward isn't quiet what it is described as on the hospital website which is disappointing, but it is still interesting. I had a patient I've been looking after for the week code twice on Friday and ended up being transferred to ICU only to pass away that night. It was pretty sad and frustrating for various reasons but it is a part of nursing I'm afraid.

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    Thanks for that MG. I was looking on the hospitals website about Grad year programs and you get to request a few different areas and then I think you rotate through them, or others if your choices arent available. I think that would be a great thing to do . They do the Grad programs at the public hospitals near me and also at one of the bigger private hospitals. It looks like something I will apply for when the time comes!

    It doesnt look like you get to choose a special area in third year any more, but maybe I am looking at the wrong thing! Did you get to choose where you did your clinicals or do you have to go to a specific ward to meet the course requirements? Did you work in a hospital while you were doing your degree - like as an AIN or an EN or anything? I'm definately going to try and do that. I think you have to wait until after the first clinical though.

    I have to agree that the staff would make or break the place. It really helps when the staff are good and you can all get on with each other and work togteher. Its good that you are finding the role interesting. I'm sure as you learn more, it'll grow on you.

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    Depending on the hospital you do your Grad year at depends on how that year will fold out for you. Most hospitals have 2 rotations. When you apply for a position in the hospital grad year (you can apply to a max of 4 hospitals in Vic) you nominate your areas of preference for your rotations. The hospital can not guarantee you will get what you ask for although a few guarantee you will get one of your top 5.
    I highly recomend doing a Grad Year. It is kind of like driving, when you get your P's you think you know everything... but it's not until you're out on the road that you REALLY learn.

    When I did clinicals, I had to call the hospitals first to see if there was any possibility they could place me. In most cases, I was asked by the hospital if I had a preference for a ward. There was only once where I didn't get my request and that was because it was a small hospital and the ward I had requested was actually shut when I got there.

    I didn't work in a hospital during my degree. Nursing students who have completed first year are very attractive to Aged Care Facilities to work as PCA's (Patient Care Assistant). After you have completed ALL second year subjects, you are able to register as an Enrolled Nurse - however you have to do a Mental Health course with the Nurses Board in SA first (because you have to register in the State/Territory you studied (or are studying) in before you can register elsewhere. Just contact the nurses board to double check the requirements though in case they have changed.

    MG

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    Thanks MG, youre so helpful! I will definately be looking into a Grad year when I'm in my last year of studying. I'm in Sydney, so its probably slightly different here in NSW, but a fantastic opportunity nonetheless. I'll apply everywhere. Well maybe not anywhere, but you know! Anywhere that will take me!

    I recieved my enrolment package in the mail today. I've just logged in and now I'm having a look at the subjects for a part time study pattern. Do I have to do it in the order they state? I want to start with a different subject to what they have on their part time program. It has no pre-requisites and is a 1st year subject, so I hope they let me.

    For my clinicals, I am hoping to go to the small public hospital near me, and if they cant take me then I'll try the big public hospital near me. But thats a while off still! Did you meet any other unisa students while you were doing your clinicals?

    I think the requirements for EN may have changed. I ended up just sending them an email to ask about enrolling as an EN/Div2 while doing ym degree. Waiting to hear back from them. The nurses Board SA website only mentions the specific EN course (a diploma) and it doesnt say anything about uni. I really wanted to do the EN traineeship and I've been looking at it for years, but everyone around me is so discouraging and kept telling me "dont do it, you'll hate it, it'll be too hard for you" and things like that. I kindof regret not just telling them to stuff it now. ah well.

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    Hey Karina.... that cheap text wouldn't be the Marieb and contexts that is sitting at the bottom of my boxes would it

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    hahahaha i think it might be!!

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    Good on you for contacting the Board Karina. And don't listen to people who tell you it is going to be too hard for you. If you are passionate about it nd enjoy it, that is all that matters. And there is plenty of help around if you need it.

    Yes, you can do subjects that aren't on the recommended part tiem plan. I don't think I EVER followed the Uni's plan . At one point, I was studying subjects from all three year levels! Haha.

    It is a good idea to try and get a clinical placement close to home if you can BUT I recommend NOT doing all your placements at the one hospital... and try to make sure a couple of your placements are at Public Hospitals. By going to different hospitals, you will be exposed to different methods etc. And public hospitals (as a rule) have a wider range of conditions for you to experience where as Private hospitals tend to have lots of the same (or similar) things.

    I have to say, I only ever came across one other UniSA student on placements and she was in a lower year level and in a different ward. I did, however, meet other students close to home via the discussion pages I mentioned earlier. In fact, one of them became such a great friend of mine and we used to study together regularly (she lived 20 minutes away)! She eventually moved back to SA but we still keep in regular contact and visit whenever we're in the same state.

    When you're on placements, try and find out who the Grad's are on the ward and pick their brains about how to apply for a Grad position, the processes, what they found useful (or not) etc. Also keep an eye out for any nursing expo's as they are a great way to find out more about the hospitals and what they offer.

    HTH

    MG

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    Hi ladies,

    You have been chatting up a storm in here!!

    Well i recieved my letter of acceptance from UniSA and SATAC today. Its says in the letter that i can decline the offer for BNS and still be considered for my first preference of BMID. I am def going to do it.

    Does anyone know when the second round offers come out???

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    Sara, I think second round offers come out on 4th of feb or something like that.

    MG, I did actually go to a nursing careers expo in sydney in June last year. It was good to pick some brains! I didnt end up applying to any of those unis, but it was still good to get some info and "showbags" from them. Thanks for the tip re doing placements at differnt hospitals. I actually hadnt thought of that and I had just assumed that I would have to go to the same hospital for all of them!
    My mum and my sister are still really really keen for me to get a job in a bank. No matter how much I tell them I dont really want to work in the bank, they just dont seem to get it. They have been telling me for about 3 years to apply for a job at Westpac, lol! You'd think after three years she'd get the point, but no!

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