Positive: facilities are very nice. Close to parliament station so not too hard to get to. Placements were not too bad. Very highly rated uni so more of a chance to get a grad year after completion.
Negative: they dont take into account where you live for placements and as such I had to travel quite a bit. They focused too intently on theoretical knowledge when they should have been giving more instruction on practical skills (i would have struggled a lot if I had not done my diploma first).
Some teachers knew what they were talking about and made it interesting. Others were extremely bland. Next to no help in practical labs.
The course is ok. I'm neutral about whether I'd recommend it.
Positive aspect would have to be getting access to the unis facility and equipment that helps with your learning.
Negative aspect would have to be how disorganised the unit and assignment lay outs are.
The course is ok. I'm neutral about whether I'd recommend it
Nursing at ACU is truly amazing, their connection with the st Vincent’s hospital and epworth has helped me so much. I’ve been able to see all aspects of nursing as I was unsure what type of nurse I want to be. I’ve settled on midwifery. They are great at showing their students exactly what nursing is like and how serious the choice to be a nurse is.
Positives: ACU has access to clinical practice labs that are very similar to what you may encounter in your nursing. The patients/dummies have medical histories, drug charts and some contain fake blood. This hands-on training is vital when learning certain procedures such as blood taking. Not only do you learn practical skills but it also helps in decision making as tutors will challenge students by creating scenarios in which students are encouraged to make decisions in the best interest of the patient and then provide a rationale as to why you made that decision.
ACU also offers placements in a variety of different settings such as general medical wards, surgical wards, aged care and mental health, which really helps students decide where they would like to work after they graduate. The assessment tasks such as essays help link everything you have learnt during your course along with new information learnt during the semester. This aids in a better understanding of diseases, procedures and medications so that you have the knowledge needed to help you on your clinical placements and your career.
Negatives: I feel that more time is needed in the clinical practice labs as this will make students more confident when commencing clinical placement. Also feedback on assessment tasks are often delayed and standards vary depending on the lecturer marking the assessments.
My advice to future students is: Make the most of your time in clinical practice and placements as they are very limited but offer great opportunities to help aid in your career.
Lectures are great and tutors. Clinical coordinator isn't very nice and the way they deal with people who have a physical disability
My advice to future students is: Choose wisely as to what university you attend
The course provides opportunities for student doing research .
My advice to future students is: Personally, I would like to receive more study kits like suggestions and tips for essay writing as an International student.
It is flexible for me as I work full time and can attend evening classes
My advice to future students is: Take up additional support services provided if you need assistance eg. essay writing
Positive; everything is gone through in detail, there is a lot of help provided at uni
Negative; there are no negative aspects
My advice to future students is: Go to orientation day to get the most information about uni
Positive-placements are organised thoroughly in advance and we are given a good amount of time to prepare
Negative- I do not like the IBL method they use to teach (getting into groups and answering questions every single class). I feel like I don’t learn as much as I can
My advice to future students is: Be organised and have a passion to study
The course does not prepare you practically enough. Theoretically they are fantastic. But practically i was under prepared to commence my career
My advice to future students is: You only get out of tutorials what you put in. Ask lots of questions and answer the tutor when they ask the class a question. The more you engage the more you will learn and it will stick.
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