Positives: Great opportunity for professional development, facilitators are easily accessible and willing to help even via online study mode
Negatives: Nil to date
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to commit the suggested time required to complete the course. While offered online, approximately 5hrs a week is required to complete tasks satisfactorily.
Positives: Good class environment
Negatives: The student portal doesn’t provide anywhere near enough information and the teachers are as confused about assignments as students are
My advice to future students is: Double check everything with the teachers because the student portal offers contradictory information
Positives: The positive aspects of this course include the support given, the small class ratios and the support when going out to do your placement on the wards.
The classes are small, and everyone has a chance of learning something and aren’t distracted at all. The teachers are always encouraging, know their students well and have years of experience in Nursing. When I had first started this course I was transferred from another program and had never been studying nursing in a Hospital program, so when I had first started I was worried I wasn’t going to understand as much, but straight away the facilitators has pulled me out of my first day of placement, gave me a one on one session explaining to me the expectations, ways I can achieve these expectations and a run down on how the wards are operating. I felt very safe, confident and happy that they were so eager to help, especially when they’re giving me positive feedback and checking up on me and other students during the times of our placement.
Negatives: The negative aspects of this course is; sometimes there is not enough time to learn everything, because straight away a new topic will open although you have 3 other topics running, and placement and an OSCA (practical exam) and perhaps only 3 lab days (one a week) to learn these skills.
However practicing at home and gaining some time management skills are really handy. It can just be stressful. :)
My advice to future students is: Learn to manage your time efficiently and always show initiative when out on the wards!
Positives: The teachers are hands on and always ready to help when it's needed, they help us with anything we are stuck on and make the learning/ overall experience fun.
Negatives: The distance
My advice to future students is: Talk to the teachers! They are there for a reason! Do your online content and put you head down and you will do great
Positives: Lots of hands on learning, good teachers and learn lots of content
Negatives: The content is taught SO quickly that I feel like it just doesn’t stick. At the moment we are learning 2 body systems in one 3 hour lessons and it’s just too much to take in at once.
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to apply yourself, if you aren’t ready to dedicate yourself to study don’t do it. You won’t pass, it’s a waste of time and money if you aren’t ready to dedicate the time needed to study and meet deadlines.
Positives: I get a diploma qualification which provides me opportunity to work as a lead educator or director of a childcare centre. It’s a bridge into university and will take some time off a teaching degree. I get a pay rise once I’m qualified.
Negatives: Lack of communication at the start. I work full time so I get behind. It’s expensive but not as expensive as UNI
My advice to future students is: If you do it make sure it’s what you wanna do and you’re not in the job for the money
Positives: I enjoy the course a lot, I have been learning a lot from it
Negatives: Heavy workload!
My advice to future students is: Ensure you complete and hand in your assignments on time - include ALL information required. Do not slack off, it takes a massive toll.
Positives: The flexibility of doing it online
Negatives: Can be difficult to motivate yourself to find the time sometimes
My advice to future students is: Make sure you’re motivated and have initiative
Positives: 1) Hands on experience during placements, 2) Feedback on assessments that help improve understanding and 3) Finding people with the same goals and knowledge as you
Negatives: Some markers fail you over insignificant reasons on your assessments
My advice to future students is: Prepare to study hard and give up your social life 😂
Positives: Easy online access, quick responses from teachers
My advice to future students is: Keep at it because it's worth it when it's finish
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