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Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:12 pm

Hello all, I'm new to this wonderful forum.  I'm hoping on studying EN via TAFE SA next year (distance/online) and I have a few basic questions. I have been on the TAFE SA website but sometimes it's nice to hear it from those currently studying the course. 

1) when do you have to, or when can you start placements e.g in year one or year two, or after you have finished the course?

2) roughly, what are the core text books?

3) is there a link to past exam papers (TAFE), or a website with generic exam style questions for an EN?

4) where can placements be carried out e.g in aged care facilities, medical centres etc?

5) are there Childcare facilities at TAFE?

6) roughly, what are the EN fees for 2016/17 - I think they were due to increase in 2017.

Im a new mummy with very little or no family support hence why I'm trying to be as prepared as possible For next year. 

any advice or information much appreciated.

thank you. 



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Mar 24, 2017, 12:21 pm

I'm guessing you've probably already started but I'll do my best here:
1) We completed 2 placements in the first year: aged care and community/district OR mental health OR rehabilitation nursing. In 2nd year we have acute, medications, then IV. It will probably depend on who you study through though.
2) Tabner's Nursing Care! AMAZING! and Lewis' Medical Surgical Nursing. These two have been my core books for information and assignments. Oh and Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, nursing & health professionals. You'll need that one. All 3 are pretty expensive, but worth the money! I also found Wound Care Manual (Carville) very useful for the wound care subject.
3) I don't really know of any generic ones for first year, but honestly we have more case studies than exams anyway. Flinders (online) has great practice quizzes when you get up to meds.
4) depends on which placement you're up to. You're best to go for a variety of facilities/wards to get the most out of your placements.
5) Ours doesn't have one. I wish it did!
6) I honestly have no idea, but if you chat to your provider they should be able to help you out there. GoTafe gave everyone an estimate at enrolment day.
I had 2 under 2 when I started. It's definitely do-able if you set your mind to it! (oh and google SCHOLAR is your friend for finding references if you can't access EBSCO or JBI)

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