I am a RN working in a children's hospital in Canada. I have 2 years peds experience and 1 year adult experience (but will never return to adult care). In about a year and a half, I would really like to go off to Australia and work in a pediatric hospital.
I have looked at several websites (nursingaustralia.com, AHPRA - Nursing and Midwifery
, Welcome Page
) and have not found any real answers to the steps I might take to become licensed in Australia or any agencies that place internationally trained (a.k.a. Canadian) nurses in different positions.
I currently work on a surgical unit that covers about 10 different services but want to get critical care experience before I go to Australia, as it seems as many travel nursing agencies look for critical care experience, and it interests me much more than the unit I am on now. I am curious how much (in months-years) experience nurse managers or agencies might consider appropriate to place a nurse in a PICU outside of the nurse's home country. There are several PICU positions open right now in my hospital but I have some other factors playing into when I can accept a new position (2-month trip planned for the spring-summer!)
If anyone has any advice, especially regarding how to become a nurse in Australia, any legitimate agencies I can contact, how much PICU experience would be needed for a PICU position, and work visas, it would be really appreciated! I would be looking for a 3-6 month contract (temporary), possibly part-time so I can travel within Australia/NZ at the same time!