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giraffe28

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Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:03 pm

Hi, I'm wanting to know if anyone has studied the Dip of Nursing with either of the above providers within Vic?

Basically im tossing up Health train or chisholm to start next year and would like to know which one is a better institution in regards to the course, teachers, placements and recognition with universities. 

I was hoping to study the course part time as i have young children and would like to be as close to home/ childcare as possible for pick up and drop offs as my hubby works in the city. Health train have the course part time and are local but the tafe has it full time and im worried the university may not recognise health train.

Hope someone might be able to help?!

thanks

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Apr 03, 2013, 01:20 pm

anyone??!

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Apr 09, 2013, 01:20 pm

not a single person studied with or is studying with any of these training facilities?! I have seen a few older posts from a couple of years ago not sure if the OP's are still around?

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May 13, 2013, 07:58 pm

Healthtrain is the best of the three definitely go with them 

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May 14, 2013, 01:07 pm

And the reasoning behind that is?!

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Jun 16, 2013, 08:32 pm

bumping again!

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Jun 17, 2013, 01:16 pm

Hi giraffe28, I actually joined this forum because I saw your Q's and couldn't leave you hanging! I have been in the industry for almost 10 years, initially as a PCA now as an EN and currently studying for my RN- I did my PCA at Chisholm- found them ok but a little disorganised at times, EN at Healthtrain (as suggested by my director of nursing at the time) smaller classes, a bit more personalised, again a little disorganised but I found them ok... I consider that Monash is more directly in touch with Chisholm and if you want to apply to them at a later date you can do so with either tafe but you have to send off for your transcript if you do it at Healthtrain because last I saw they are not directly linked on VTAC like Chisholm- I would have to say overall as much as some of our Health Train classes were a little bit messy, I would probably go with them as they are more family friendly... I hope this helps :)

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Jun 17, 2013, 08:58 pm

Thanks so much for your reply it's just the info I've been looking for! I guess with any training facility yore going to have some sort of disorganisation but my main concern is about placement and how far in advance health train have yours? Currently they are trying to get vet-fee help which is a savior as I really don't want to be paying fees plus childcare on top I'd rather pay it off later. Monash would be my first preference as it's closer but I think getting the div 2 under my belt first would be a good start! 

Did you study with children while at health train? 

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Jun 18, 2013, 10:26 am

Yes my children at the time were 7 and 13, but still needed me for the mornings.  Because at the time it was 2 days a week, I would have them all ready for school and would leave around 0745 to get to class- our classes at that time were at frankston but towards the end we had to travel to there current training site. My mother in law would come in the morning and take the kids to school. Our clinicals often would consist of some mornings and some afternoons which then had to just be coordinated with friends and family with the kids.... There were lots of people in my class coordinating around kids and it did pose to be tricky at times but we all got through- it is a time where you really have to seek support from family and friends. All our placements were in two week blocks- sometimes getting placements close to home can be tricky- I would have to say Chisholm do seem to position there placements a little closer to the frankston and surrounding areas, and HealthTrain do tend to get there's further out- My Acute clinicals were at Casey hospital Berwick-bit tricky from the Mornington Peninsula......I don't know if you have spoken to either providers, but I would ring them both directly and suss them out- just make sure if you ring Chisholm you speak to either Ann Mott or Jan Peck (these two run the nursing side of Chisholm) good luck.

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Jul 01, 2013, 09:14 pm

OMG giraffe28, i hope i am not too late in helping you make your decision!!  I am a past student of Healthtrain and the amount of headaches l had through them is just not worth it! I like you was very eager and enthusiastic but that soon changed with their messy, unprofessional classes, staff and placements. I met other classes who felt the same way and i feel its my duty to say something. If you can get into any other place, l know it will be better for you. Seriously, we have been belittled by staff and i feel that if they do change it will be in the llloooonnnngggg run, not any time soon. So much time was wasted it is not funny. Good luck in choosing and know that the key to your success will be in your own commitment and organization. I did it whilst raising my kids. I am sad that despite so many fellow students feel the same way as l, no one has had the guts to publicly say something.

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Jul 02, 2013, 01:21 pm

Thanks Bishop i've sent you a PM

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Jul 17, 2013, 01:52 pm

Hi giraffe28.

 

As i was scrolling the internet looking to see if "healthtrain" had been approved for VET, i came across your post. I found what i was looking for and it has been approved which is a great relief, considering i start the Diploma of Nursing with them tomorrow.I also got accepted into chisholm but was refered to by a friend who trained at health train and said it was alot more close knit groups. But in saying that how can we compare them when we only will train at one of the facilities. Like i said I start tomorrow and if you would like any feedback id be happy to help. I also have 2 little kids i have to work around and was told that placement will be arranged for as local as they can get.

Regards Kat.

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Jul 25, 2013, 12:35 pm

Hi everyone i am also trying to decide through Chisholm and health train i am applying for them both for next year. I know now that health train is linked in with Queensland university so thinking it might be better.

Kat81 have you started and how are you finding it. any info would be great

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Jul 28, 2013, 07:48 am

Hi kat81

How did your first day go?

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Feb 18, 2014, 09:58 am

Health train is definitely more family orientated. All universities will acknowledge your studies- but Monash is closely affiliated with Chisholm so they will tend to take those applicants first, then other tafe graduates depending on your results- I commenced my Bachelor with Charles Darwin via distance learning and got 12mths worth of credit off the course.

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