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maz101

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Sat May 02, 2009 6:05 pm

Hi,

Not sure where to start really, been wanting to become a RN nurse for a while now and always had reasons why I couldnt take time out to study. Just decided that I am going to try and do instead of putting it off but worried as I am mid thirtys with a family. I am also concerned that I left school at 16 and didnt go to college or Uni that I wont be eligible for a place. Has anyone been in the same situation? Been checking out loads of websites and so glad I came across this one as it seems to look the most helpful.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Molly

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May 04, 2009, 04:57 pm

hi maz101 ! Did you maybe thinking of becoming a EEN nurse ? It would be a start for you and you could do it by open learning.

ratus

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May 04, 2009, 08:14 pm

Hi Maz102, It is a lot easier to get into Bach Nursing (RN) then Diploma of nursing in QLD (EEN). I think its because of the high demand for the quicker course. I,m a mature age student with a young family who started studing ,Bach of nursing at USQ this year. I also work part time. I was able to qualify because i had a Cert3 in age care. I had only went to year ten. My advise to you is to apply to the uni of your choice for the mid year intake or do a tertiary-prep course to get you ready for next year. If Nursing is your dream Go For it! The uni's want you to succeed and there is heaps of help offered. Usq has very flexible study timetables, i only go to the campas for 1.5 days a week in school hours. Over half the students in my year are mature age. Quite a few are in their 50's. Good luck in the future.

deancey

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May 04, 2009, 09:06 pm

I am 29 and just started my DIv 2 course. I have 2 kids under 4 and work part time. It is all do able if you want it badly enough. I havent been to school for 10 years so its a bit of a shock at first but well worth it.
Good luck with getting into the course, you are more than capable I am sure

maz101

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May 05, 2009, 06:42 am

Thanks so much for your replies. I ideally would love to go into midwifery so to go the EN route first would add yet another 18 months onto the 4 years its already going to take me. I am concerned that I am 34 now and although its only 18months it makes the whole process 5 1/2 years full time. Its so good to hear so many more mature students who understand what you go through. Feels like my family have to make so many sacrifices just for me but I am so grateful that they are being so supportive in my career change. It's going to be a very tough few years but hopefully worth it in the end.

Does anyone know what the study timetable is like at the Griffith uni on the Gold Coast for the BA nursing course please? The course website is very vague and just says full time. Was just wondering how practical it would be to drop my full time job back to part time or casual hours and still study full time nursing?

thanks again

anga23

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May 05, 2009, 12:14 pm

Hi Maz101. The GU site is great for looking up timetables & course info - it's all there..

From here you can select the course/subject you want to look at and it will provide you with the timetable & course outline.
http://www17.griffith.edu.au/cis/p_cat/require.asp?ProgCode=1162&Type=structure

Good luck with study. As another mature student, it's well worth it..

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May 06, 2009, 09:46 pm

Hi, my story might help a bit, I will complete my BA nursing this year, I am mature aged 34yrs with a wife and 3 month old, I say go for it, Prob you will need to do some sort of prep course to get in, the uni you are looking at will be able to tell you what one is the GO.

I left school at 16 also, did most unskilled jobs around, got into mines rescue, did a few courses through the mine, thats how I got in to Uni, the science is the hardest, My Uni is Charles Sturt Wagga Wagga, the science was pretty hard, 4 big subjects but I got through

Good luck

NursieBird

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May 19, 2009, 08:41 pm

hi maz101 my name is alisha and i understand your worries all too well. I have been out of school since 2002 and although i finished year 12 i never got an op because i didnt do the correct subjects. I hope to apply to griffith as a mature age student for 2010 so now will have to sit a STAT test to give me a rank.

Methinks you will be in the same boat. Alot of what you have said rings very farmiliar to me as i have always wanted to do nursing but have also put it off due to other committments. I have the advantage in the fact that i don't have any kids yet so plan to study first. I also live in S/E so if you wanna chat some more i think we have a lot in common.

If you need to ask any questions feel free and i'll try and help you out as i have been looking into the nursing thing heaps. Hope you got to the nursing expo that was on at the exhibition and convention centre in brisbane a few weekends back -it was helpful for me. Ps i have been a medical receptionist for the last 8 years so if anyone has any questions and thinks i can help feel free to ask.

chopworm

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May 20, 2009, 12:14 pm

Hi Maz101,

You should look at the Charles Darwin Uni website www.cdu.edu.au, as they are currently taking applications through SATAC, for their mid year intake for Bachelor of Nursing. It is available externally, with full time or part time study options. To complete the course it is necessary to travel to Darwin a few times throughout the duration of the course, but placements are conducted within your own state (QLD, with QLD Health).

Good luck!

PerthGradNurse

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Jun 23, 2009, 06:40 pm

I'm a mature age student (over 40) just finishing a 3.5 year BScN. Don't worry about the 5 1/2 year thing or however many years it will be--that'll just discourage you. My advice is to go for it and soon. Don't sell yourself short, get into a good uni and get the best degree possible.

I took the STAT test and qualified to get into uni. I recommend doing a two session STAT prep course and then doing the STAT practice test a couple of times. That's what I did and had a way higher TER than I needed to get in. Three and a half years later, i'm laughing.

Go for it.

banky

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Jun 23, 2009, 11:00 pm

Hi guys!

I have just been reading through these posts as I have made an application to sit the STAT for mid yr intake to CDU however I need to write a personal competencies statement and wondering if anyone has done one as I am finding it really hard to talk about myself! Need a bit of inspiration!!

Banky

Never to Late

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Nov 17, 2010, 10:13 pm

Hi Maz101,

I have always been interested in becoming a nurse but I feel it is way too late for me. I just wanted to comment on your interest in becoming a Midwife. I walk my dog every morning on the beach and met a lady about 6 mths ago who is past her mid 40's and she is in her 2nd or 3rd yr of nursing. I talk with her every morning now and she loves it and feels it is worth the time and effort even though she heading towards 50, (although she is about to be stationed in Broken Hill for 3 weeks in Emergency - part of prac experience – she had no choice), she currently works at a hospital in Tweed Heads. I was discussing midwifery the other day and she was telling me that you DO NOT need to do a nursing degree to do strictly 'midwifery'. She said you can do a 3 or 4yr degree at Uni and go straight into that field. I didn't discuss the subject in great detail but she was adamant that you don't need to get your full nursing degree just to go onto Midwifery. You can just study Midwifery straight up now. Anyway, you posted your message over a year ago so you are probably already well into studies or have already found out about just doing that Midwifery degree. Whichever it is I wish you all the best with your chosen career.

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Sep 20, 2018, 10:12 pm Last edited Sep 20, 2018, 10:12 pm update #1

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