Canadian Nursing Student Wanting To Work In Australia Soon?

  1. Hi!

    I'm currently a 3rd year nursing student from B.C., Canada and I really want the opportunity to work in Australia for 6 months to a year. I know travel nursing is really great but I don't want to have to wait 2 years to get experience before applying for travel nursing as I've heard they will not take you as a new grad (not to mention it would probably be stressful).

    Would it be a good idea to just apply there as a regular nurse (is that even possible) or does anyone have any information/tips around that they would be willing to share?

    Thank you very much!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the International Nursing forum

    Getting though the nurse registration process can be long so I would suggest if possible to gain some nursing experience whilst going through the AHPRA process and then start looking for work.
  4. by   vyecheverria
    I agree. Get some experience first while sorting out your Australian registration.

    You will also look more 'attractive' to employers if you get some experience on your resume.
  5. by   dishes
    I agree with silverdragon and vyecheverria, get some experience while undergoing the licensing process. In the meantime, does your university offer study abroad placements for nursing students? Some universities, like the University of Saskatchewan's college of nursing offer an international study abroad program with practicums in Australia.

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