US BSN RN Case Managment Nurse wants to immigrate to Australia

  1. Hello everyone,

    Wondering if anyone has any experience with this. My family and I are currently going through the Visa process and I am working through the requirements for registration through the AHPRA. I am interested in working/living in the Queensland area, in particular the Gold Coast or Brisbane. If I had my choice I would want to work at a University Hospital, but when looking at job postings there doesn't seem to be much opportunity for CM RN in the acute care setting.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or experience to pass along.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Moved to the Advice on Immigration forum for more responses.
  4. by   vyecheverria
    Hi,

    Can you tell me what your job title 'case manager' means?

    Queensland has case managers, but depending on the context, it could mean a variety of roles. For example, where I used to work in Brisbane, our case manager was the discharge facilitator. In the psych setting, case managers handled mental health patients out in the community.
  5. by   druryds
    Thank you TheCommuter!!!
  6. by   druryds
    Quote from vyecheverria
    Hi,

    Can you tell me what your job title 'case manager' means?

    Queensland has case managers, but depending on the context, it could mean a variety of roles. For example, where I used to work in Brisbane, our case manager was the discharge facilitator. In the psych setting, case managers handled mental health patients out in the community.
    Thank you so much for your response. I have worked in 2 different Care Management roles. The first one I did management specifically for stroke victims and my duties involved patient coordination from the time of pre-hospital notification to up to 90 days post hospital follow up. I was responsible for identification and tracking of stroke patients, real time auditing and implementation of stroke performance measures, patient and staff education for primary treatment and secondary prevention, and identifying high risk patients to track post discharge to ensure appropriate coordination and follow up assessments were completed as regulated by JACO.
    My second, and current, care management position is more aligned with discharge planning, however I currently work mostly in the ICU. I partner with patients and families as they transition through the ICU, assessing them for a variety of needs including surrogate decision makers, personal and community resources and barriers to care in an effort to begin planning for their discharge. I assist regularly outside of the ICU also to help discharge patients safely with follow up plans and appointments in place and working with local rehab or long care facilities as well as insurance and DME companies to help with discharge coordination.
  7. by   vyecheverria
    Hi,

    Apologies for the late reply.

    Your first role seems to me like it is a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Clinical Nurse Specialist) role. I assume you have had some post-graduate qualifications related to stroke management as this is usually the prerequisite for the role (others make a commitment to study while in the role, especially if it is a new position).

    Your second role is clearly a discharge facilitator role (case manager is the title we liked to use in the hospital I worked at in Brisbane).

    Nevertheless, these roles are advanced practice positions and to be able to get them you would need to have worked a considerable amount of time in your chosen area of specialty. The need for which is none the more highlighted by the fact that the US and Australia have different healthcare systems and the need to understand Australia's publicly-funded healthcare system is important to be able to facilitate the safe and timely discharge of patients. Some experience working here as a registered nurse before applying for that position may increase your chances of succeeding, although I am not saying you should give it a try now.

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