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The 2013 Course Experience Questionnaire survey suggests that
university nursing graduates are not satisfied with their course
experience or the quality of teaching, but are moderately satisfied
with the skills they gained. At $51,828, starting salaries for
nursing graduates are average, although employment has
worsened, with 21 per cent of graduates still seeking work four
months after course completion. Nurses, like teachers, have a
tendency to leave the profession after some time, often using a
postgraduate course to switch careers.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of nursing with other fields
of study, see the table on page 64 and the institution
profiles in Section 4.
• For more about jobs and careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate nursing courses, see the
Hobsons Course Finder website at
Marianthi — Bachelor of Nursing
Why did you choose to study
I had wanted to study nursing since I
was young. I’ve always been passionate
about helping people — even taking up
part-time work in a pharmacy for several
years. I find it interesting to learn about
different illnesses and how to treat them
or manage them. I love dealing with
people, I love helping and I love learning. I considered
midwifery while I was in high school but chose to enter
nursing for a more general perspective.
What was the best thing about your course?
The clinical placements were the best part, as they exposed
me to different people, different illnesses and diseases in
different clinical settings. I was exposed to so many different
avenues of nursing, which gave me a chance to experience a
bit of everything and to see what interested me. Another great
part was everything I learnt, and it’s the best feeling to be able
to practise your skills once you’re out of uni.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The amount of time I spent at uni, probably! Taking public
transport meant that it took me more than an hour to get to
class and I was there most days of the week. Doing this,
along with part-time work, meant that I never had much free
What did your course involve?
In addition to lectures, we had tutorials and labs for each
subject during the week. As nursing is such a practical field,
clinical placements were a huge part of the course.
Have you found work in your field?
I am currently working as an aged care nurse, which involves
managing a 42-bed facility, including staff. As part of my job, I
administer medications and deal with other elements of
patient care, as well as liaising with doctors about the
What advice would you give to students considering
My advice would be to look at all the different options to see
which course provides the most support for students, which
uni has good relationships with hospitals (and a good
reputation in the field) and which uni provides the most clinical
Have you completed further study?
I haven’t yet but it’s definitely something I would consider —
perhaps in midwifery so that I have the dual qualification.
The student body and graduate ratings (continued)
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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