Category Archives: January 2014

January 2014 posts

Choosing a university.

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The decision pertaining to which university to choose is a massive one that most of us do not take lightly when considering all options before us for university or TAFE.

The first university that I attended was a multi national campus university in regional Australia, while it was good it wasn’t for me, and not doing my research before I chose to attend was a costly decision.

The second time around I thought about what it was that I liked about my current university and what I wanted to still be able to experience at the new university. For me this included, small class sizes, a lot of embedded practical experience, and a course that was challenging but attainable. I also thought about what I didn’t enjoy as much such as living in dormitories and not knowing as many of my fellow students.

After considering my pros and cons for an institution change, I made an informed choice about the new university I will be attending. Choosing a university is a big decision and you do need to do your research but if you make a mistake in your decision just remember- all is not lost and you can make it better, it may add an extra semester or an extra year or you may realise you are going in the wrong direction, but everything will be ok.

My final piece of advice is to go to the campus speak to staff from the faculty you are interested in and have a campus tour. They want to help you, all you need to do is not be afraid to ask for help.

 

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The decision to become a nurse.

 

Ain't that the truth!

Ain’t that the truth!

The decision to study nursing has been a long time coming for myself  and after a bit of stumbling and floating I’ve made it.

After leaving high school in year 10 to pursue a trade I always had a desire to work in health sciences but was adamant that I would NEVER go back to school! Now here I am!

When I received my papers qualifying me as a chef, I promptly left the industry only to defer university and end up two steps behind- in hospitality and full of self doubt. It took a year of this to realise that now was the time to follow my dreams.

Only it wasn’t nursing that I studied. I moved 300km from home to pursue a paramedic science degree. One semester in and I loathed it. The students were too ahead of themselves and the content was dry. So it was after a year that I made the tough decision to head home and move to a much smaller campus to start a bachelor of nursing.

I have six weeks until I start my new course and I am undoubtedly becoming more and more excited as time goes on and I research more and more about the profession.

My main reason for pursuing a career in nursing is that I think it is an absolutely amazing and beautiful thing to be allowed into a persons life and the lives of their families in their greatest time of need and vulnerability.

Readers (if I get any haha), why did/ do you want to become a nurse?