Nursing your ambition

Assistants in nursing and enrolled nurses considering a career as a registered nurse are being offered a unique opportunity to enrol directly in a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Southern Cross University this year.

Head of the Department of Nursing and Health Care Practices Dr John Stevens said not many Assistant in Nursing (AIN) graduates knew that provided they had some work experience in the field and a positive attitude they could be accepted into the universitys nursing degree.

Indeed about 30 to 40 per cent of last years intake were AINs or enrolled nurses (ENs), he said.

This is different to other universities which all offer ENs entry to nursing degrees but none guarantee entry for AINs. Our past experience with these students is that they have a high degree of success at this university even if they have not completed their HSC. Many AINs are older women currently working at fairly low rates of pay in the aged care field with few prospects for advancement. This is an exciting pathway for them to develop a well-paid career.

Dr Stevens said the University offered many specialised streams of study, including in the field of aged care where there is a high and growing demand for skilled workers and a new course in osteopathy.

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