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  • Joined: Dec 2008
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Posts: 2

Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:12 pm

Hey, I just finished my degree and am starting a grad program at the end of jan. I am expecting to be registered before Christmas and I am wondering if anyone knows if I can stay with my job as an AIN until my grad program starts, or is that not allowed? Any help appreciated.



  • Joined: Aug 2008
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Dec 10, 2008, 05:40 pm

hi ed-grad

pretty sure you can work as an AIN even once registered. EN's cannot continue to work as ENs once they become RNs because you cannot have registration as both in the same state simultaneously. However, because an AIN is unregulated this is not an issue. I have come accross at least 1 RN that I can recall was working a second job as an AIN

hope this helps :)



  • Joined: Oct 2006
  • Location: XXXXville
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Dec 10, 2008, 11:18 pm

I'm 99% sure you cannot work as an AIN once registered. My registration has already been approved by the QNC and I was not allowed to continue working as a Pre-Reg.

If you are going to be working for QLD Health you can work as a Pre-Registered nurse until you receive your registration. The pay is better than an AIN and there is a greater scope of practice.

Talk with your future employer and try and get some RN work before your grad starts. I have been offered full-time RN work and am fully supported by my unit with reduced work loads and no night shifts. I am teamed with experienced RN's and finding the time beneficial to get to know the unit and the way it runs. It means that when my grad program starts I can really hit the floor running.

All the best, its a difficult job to get a handle on but rewarding all the same.



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Dec 12, 2008, 08:51 pm

Contact your state nursing board and find out. In Vic you can have both div 2 (EN) and div 1 (RN) registration at the same time so it obviously varies state to state. For the right info contact the registration board for your state - should be a simple phone call.



  • Joined: Sep 2007
  • Location: Brisbane
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Dec 24, 2008, 07:09 pm

I pretty much worked up to xmas last year and then quit as an AIN and took a few weeks holiday until i started my grad program.

Dont think you can be employed as a AIN and work at the same time as an RN. But maybe for grads they consider that your not a working RN until you start your grad program...check with the QNC.

Senior RN


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Dec 25, 2008, 08:23 am

Hi to all,

This is my first post, after 'surfing in'....

In NSW, AINs are not regulated. The State registration body has no control whatsoever these people, which is why Aged Care is in so much trouble ( another story...)

I worked as an 'orderly' in a large Public Hospital, whilst a first year RN. The agency I was with used to 'BS' to the first year RNs, saying there was no work, because they couldn't fill the orderly and AIN jobs. (but that's another story as well !!!)

So, in answer to the question.... if that's what you want to do.... sell yourself short..... knock yourself out !!!

No RN ( first year, or otherwise ) needs to work in any capacity other than your full entitlement. You have a university degree..... use it, don't lose it. Don't be 'tricked' out of your potential for full Award wages of an RN, because an employer offers you something less.

BTW, I have a real 'beef' with the private aged care industry. Making a profit out of people's lives should be outlawed.

See my other posts.....




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Oct 24, 2010, 10:32 am

I worked as an AIN in third year and after I registered right up until I started my GNP. It didn't matter because I was not employed as an RN and I was an unregulated worker. Legally, I'm not sure whether or not if something bad happened to a patient I would have been held accountable as I was registered but it was only for a few weeks.

Senior RN-I'm right with you about the private sector! You wouldn't catch me working where the almighty dollar comes before patient care.



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Jul 07, 2019, 04:29 pm

Is this the same for ENs?

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