australian nursing

  1. hi all,
    i am a male irish mental heath nurse with 10 years experience. i have worked in acute, community and a small stint in forensics also. i am currently a clinical nurse manager 2, for the last 4 years, and also act regularly as a clinical nurse manager 3 over a busy 50 bed acute facility attatched to a general hospital. i have a diploma in psychiatric nursing and a degree in nursing management from royal college of surgeons.
    i am thinking of moving to melbourne from ireland and would like some advice on what my best options would be. i am applying for the skilled migration with no sponsership.
    what could i earn? agency or set employment? quality of life?
    this move is a life quality move and money is not the main concern, but a few quid would be nice.
    i worked in australia 8 years ago on a working holiday visa, in sydney.

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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Australian forum

    Welcome and good luck on your move
  4. by   K+MgSO4
    hi there I am from Donegal and have been nursing for 5 years. I have been out here in Australia for 2 and 1/2 years.

    I am currently working full time on a sponsorship visa.

    I am sure that you know that we have just gone to national registration here. Check AHPRA website for details. There is also no such thing as "registered psychiatric nurse" technically. But nurses who done their education and went on to work in psych services +/- a post grad in psych nursing.

    But no worries, Aus is well aware of the likes of Irish nurses who are only registered as psych nurses.

    You would be at the top of the pay scale if you were to work as a RN (not a manager) and would earn agency loading ontop. I am assuming that you worked as a nurse when you were over here before so know the pros and cons of agency work. You may be able to get postings to cover leave as a ANUM / NUM I assume.

    I enjoyed working agency but the lack of continuity did get to me. I applied for a job at Royal Melbourne through their overseas recruiter ( but if you are coming over on skilled migration you would be able to apply for any jobs that were advertised).
    Royal Melbourne has a psych unit as does the Alfred and most other major hospitals. Also there is a huge emphasis on community management and CAT teams (Crisis Assessment Triage teams) etc.

    Have a look at the careers websites either for the hospitals or try CareerOne or

    Quality of life has got to be better here that what is going on at home at the min. So glad I have got out and got a job here. Also just applied for PR so fingers crossed!

    Let me know if you have any more questions or if I have been a complete waste of time !!

    Best of luck

  5. by   davidr
    thanks amillion karen, thats was great help, am just going to head over and work about the place and then possibly apply for a more settled job somewhere, your input is much appreciated.
  6. by   K+MgSO4
    there is plenty od agency work going in the general sector. I'm sure there is some floating in the psych sector. It gets a little bit slow from now till the New Year cause it is more expensive to get agency.

    Have a safe trip stock up on Tayto and Lyons tea!