Chances of getting a nursing job after bridging. What are the factors? - page 5

Is there a high chance to get a nursing job in australia after the bridging? Anyone knows what region or place in australia still has a high demnd for nurses? Thanks.. I am scared to waste my hard... Read More

  1. Visit  sephine profile page
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    hi everyone!

    Would my 3 years ongoing work experience as a CCU (coronary care unit) nurse make a difference or enhance my chances of getting a job after a bridging course? thanks!
  2. Visit  zyahoo profile page
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    Having 3+ years of experience in a specialty unit will indeed give you an edge over other applicants.
  3. Visit  kapitanbasa profile page
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    my cousin's lucky i guess. she started her BP around january 2012. now, she is reaping the benefits. i hope you will be able to find an employer there
  4. Visit  ilove83080 profile page
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    Quote from zyahoo
    Hello everyone,

    I got an offer of employment on the last day of 2012. Thank God! The employer is willing to have my 457 visa arranged even if I am 'offshore'. Mind you, it was really difficult looking for a job. As I've said before, Australian employers place residents and citizens on their priority list during the job hiring. They would consider interviewing offshore applicants, but then again, with the recent changes in the 457 visa standards, offshore applicants are placed way down in the priority list. There are still jobs out there, but you know, employers are not as open in recruiting offshore applicants/applicants without working visas as before.
    @zhyahoo i hope u can share the name of your nursing agency. please pm me. i have been looking for a job in au. i was ahpra reg since last year.
  5. Visit  hya_cinthhya profile page
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    Quote from kapitanbasa
    my cousin's lucky i guess. she started her BP around january 2012. now, she is reaping the benefits. i hope you will be able to find an employer there


    hi , can i ask if how many years of expernce did your cousin have before reaping the benefits now?thank you
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Feb 15, '13 : Reason: Text talk removed
  6. Visit  jems profile page
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    Quote from zyahoo
    Having 3+ years of experience in a specialty unit will indeed give you an edge over other applicants.
    hi, how long was your working experience and what area were you exposed at?? was it in philippines??
  7. Visit  iamnomad profile page
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    it would be very difficult to find employment if you have very little nursing experience. some agencies require at least 2-3 years experience before they consider you for an interview. but i also know someone who doesn't have any experience, studied 1 year conversion program here in Australia, and was offered a job by the school's affiliated hospital.
  8. Visit  emes05 profile page
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    Quote from zyahoo
    Hello everyone,

    I got an offer of employment on the last day of 2012. Thank God! The employer is willing to have my 457 visa arranged even if I am 'offshore'. Mind you, it was really difficult looking for a job. As I've said before, Australian employers place residents and citizens on their priority list during the job hiring. They would consider interviewing offshore applicants, but then again, with the recent changes in the 457 visa standards, offshore applicants are placed way down in the priority list. There are still jobs out there, but you know, employers are not as open in recruiting offshore applicants/applicants without working visas as before.
    congratulations zyahoo! are you in oz now?
  9. Visit  Apple_06 profile page
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    True, it can be quiet difficult to get a nursing job here in australia, especially if you don't have the experience in the particular field your applying for. I am already a permanent resident here (was previously sponsored 457
    Then to PR by my previous employer). I'm trying to look for another work but most of the hospitals are only looking for casual staff. Most of them are looking for very experienced nurses in areas like theatre or CCU. I tried nursing agencies and even they are finding it hard to book shifts for their nurses. If you are looking for sponsorship I know there are still hospitals willing to sponsor but remember you are competing with the local nurses here as well. If you are already here in australia doing your BP, I would advise looking for sponsorship in nursing homes and private practice. They are willing to sponsor even if you don't have enough experience. For those who are still thinking about working here as an RN, pls pls seek advice from ur friends who are already working here and check out websites of different organisations and check if they are still sponsoring overseas nurses. Goodluck!!
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  10. Visit  danceinstructor profile page
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    SCENARIO IN AUSTRALIA.


    It has been quite some time since I last visited in this site and I felt the need to post what I had experienced while doing the bridging program here in “The Land Down Under” to discuss with what is really happening. I hope this will somehow facilitate those who are aspiring to come and do the BP.

    OVERVIEW. I am from BOHOL, Philippines and have just completed the IRON program (batch 7) of La Trobe University- Bendigo last month. The course runs for 13 weeks which started last 14 Jan 2013, however, I qualified for an “early exit” that’s why I was able to finish it in just 8 weeks. One will qualify for such if you can carry out the National Competency Standards for RN here in Australia regardless if you have enough experience back in your own country or none at all. We were 40 international trained nurses in our class, 29 which were from the Philippines, 2 were from Japan, 1 from Taiwan and the rest are from India.
    I would like to stress out the phrase “regardless even if you have enough experience or none”. Yes, you can PASS the bridging program even if you have ZERO experience and you can also FAIL the course even if you have ENOUGH experience. Failing the course means you are not competent to be a RN Div 1 here in Australia, you may be competent in your own country but it does not necessarily give you an assurance that you can also be competent here. And that is happened to my other FILIPINO classmateS (Plural from) who FAILED the IRON program. THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH EXPERIENCE back in the Phils, and yet they failed. The reason? I do not know. There were already nurses from other countries in the previous batches who were sent home because of not passing the course.


    REGISTRATION. Those who succeed in the “early exit” got their certificate of completion from our school last 13 March. Some got their AHPRA registration in just a week’s time, some in 2 weeks while I waited for 3 weeks for my registration to be finalized. Those who did not qualify for the early exit by some means finished the course a few weeks after we graduated. The course will supposedly end on 12 April and our 575 student visa will expire on 12 May to most students. If you will pass and finish the course in the 10th or 11th week then you do the math if it would take you 3 weeks for your registration to be processed. Time element is really a big factor.


    JOB. Amongst the 40 nurses from our class, ONLY 1 got a job offer at the moment. Some already went to NSW, QL, SA yet still, no sponsorship has been given. Some of my classmates have a well calibrated experience from the top hospitals in the Phils but they are having a hard time in getting a sponsorship. Yes there are still LOTS of RN jobs available but most of them do not offer sponsorship for 457 visa anymore, some are casual and part time positions only. For one to qualify for the Employer sponsored 457 (work) visa, you should have a permanent full time position. The thing is that they are now prioritizing more on the locals/ residents here, and that is also 1 reason why the 457 visa will have strict changes starting 1 July this year. On top of that, you will be competing with the Graduate nurses here and the Div 2/ Enrolled nurse for they are the ones that most employers would most likely hire at present.

    There are also many job openings for RN in special areas like ED, theatre, CCU/ICU, NICU but you should have at least 1-2 years experience in that special area, some hospitals even requires post graduate course certificate in those fields but still it does not guarantee that it will likely be sponsoring you for your working visa.


    ACCOMMODATION. Bendigo is one of the regional areas in Australia and their minimum rent per week basing on what my other classmates had were between AU $ 150-175 PER WEEK. Some of my colleagues who were in an agency with a “fly now pay later” scheme had a temporary accommodation for almost 1 month only and after that they were on their own of finding a place in their remaining days of stay here. I was lucky enough that I got an accommodation for AU $ 120/ week that is just a 15 min walk to the hospital where I did my acute clinical placement and a 10 min walk to my non-acute placement but it took me 2 rides in going to the school. Somehow it was okay that I stayed away from school since there will only be 3 weeks classroom lectures and the rest are for the placements. I spent roughly AU $ 5 PER DAY for my fare to school.



    If one is planning to come here then he should be tough and be prepared for every possible thing that may happen. Hope for the best and expect for the worst. Some students who finished their BP in other schools but couldn’t find a job yet have already enrolled to other courses just to extend their stay here and continue their job hunting. I guess every one already has an idea of how much is the cost of their courses especially if you are an international student.


    To the next IRON batch of LTU, good luck and believe that dreams do come true! You may PM me if you have queries like accommodation and others. I am not sure though if I can regularly check this site for any comments but you can also send me sms in my roaming Smart mobile no. +639185728503 for urgent matters.


    Thank you and God bless us all!
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  11. Visit  ghiezumms profile page
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    Hi everyone. I am new here but I had been reading posts on this site since last year. Anyway, I just want to ask if you guys have an idea if La Trobe University accept applicants for the IRON program even in the absence of work experience? If not, do you know any? Thank you!
  12. Visit  ceridwyn profile page
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    For everyone elses information, have you been approved for a bridging course by AHPRA without any experience? As many different stories come out of there.

    Many have been told 1-2 years if you are from the Phillipines and usually as for all locals you need at least 3 months full time experience to be registered unless a new graduate.
  13. Visit  steppybay profile page
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    Quote from danceinstructor
    SCENARIO IN AUSTRALIA.


    It has been quite some time since I last visited in this site and I felt the need to post what I had experienced while doing the bridging program here in “The Land Down Under” to discuss with what is really happening. I hope this will somehow facilitate those who are aspiring to come and do the BP.

    OVERVIEW. I am from BOHOL, Philippines and have just completed the IRON program (batch 7) of La Trobe University- Bendigo last month. The course runs for 13 weeks which started last 14 Jan 2013, however, I qualified for an “early exit” that’s why I was able to finish it in just 8 weeks. One will qualify for such if you can carry out the National Competency Standards for RN here in Australia regardless if you have enough experience back in your own country or none at all. We were 40 international trained nurses in our class, 29 which were from the Philippines, 2 were from Japan, 1 from Taiwan and the rest are from India.
    I would like to stress out the phrase “regardless even if you have enough experience or none”. Yes, you can PASS the bridging program even if you have ZERO experience and you can also FAIL the course even if you have ENOUGH experience. Failing the course means you are not competent to be a RN Div 1 here in Australia, you may be competent in your own country but it does not necessarily give you an assurance that you can also be competent here. And that is happened to my other FILIPINO classmateS (Plural from) who FAILED the IRON program. THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH EXPERIENCE back in the Phils, and yet they failed. The reason? I do not know. There were already nurses from other countries in the previous batches who were sent home because of not passing the course.


    REGISTRATION. Those who succeed in the “early exit” got their certificate of completion from our school last 13 March. Some got their AHPRA registration in just a week’s time, some in 2 weeks while I waited for 3 weeks for my registration to be finalized. Those who did not qualify for the early exit by some means finished the course a few weeks after we graduated. The course will supposedly end on 12 April and our 575 student visa will expire on 12 May to most students. If you will pass and finish the course in the 10th or 11th week then you do the math if it would take you 3 weeks for your registration to be processed. Time element is really a big factor.


    JOB. Amongst the 40 nurses from our class, ONLY 1 got a job offer at the moment. Some already went to NSW, QL, SA yet still, no sponsorship has been given. Some of my classmates have a well calibrated experience from the top hospitals in the Phils but they are having a hard time in getting a sponsorship. Yes there are still LOTS of RN jobs available but most of them do not offer sponsorship for 457 visa anymore, some are casual and part time positions only. For one to qualify for the Employer sponsored 457 (work) visa, you should have a permanent full time position. The thing is that they are now prioritizing more on the locals/ residents here, and that is also 1 reason why the 457 visa will have strict changes starting 1 July this year. On top of that, you will be competing with the Graduate nurses here and the Div 2/ Enrolled nurse for they are the ones that most employers would most likely hire at present.

    There are also many job openings for RN in special areas like ED, theatre, CCU/ICU, NICU but you should have at least 1-2 years experience in that special area, some hospitals even requires post graduate course certificate in those fields but still it does not guarantee that it will likely be sponsoring you for your working visa.


    ACCOMMODATION. Bendigo is one of the regional areas in Australia and their minimum rent per week basing on what my other classmates had were between AU $ 150-175 PER WEEK. Some of my colleagues who were in an agency with a “fly now pay later” scheme had a temporary accommodation for almost 1 month only and after that they were on their own of finding a place in their remaining days of stay here. I was lucky enough that I got an accommodation for AU $ 120/ week that is just a 15 min walk to the hospital where I did my acute clinical placement and a 10 min walk to my non-acute placement but it took me 2 rides in going to the school. Somehow it was okay that I stayed away from school since there will only be 3 weeks classroom lectures and the rest are for the placements. I spent roughly AU $ 5 PER DAY for my fare to school.



    If one is planning to come here then he should be tough and be prepared for every possible thing that may happen. Hope for the best and expect for the worst. Some students who finished their BP in other schools but couldn’t find a job yet have already enrolled to other courses just to extend their stay here and continue their job hunting. I guess every one already has an idea of how much is the cost of their courses especially if you are an international student.


    To the next IRON batch of LTU, good luck and believe that dreams do come true! You may PM me if you have queries like accommodation and others. I am not sure though if I can regularly check this site for any comments but you can also send me sms in my roaming Smart mobile no. +639185728503 for urgent matters.


    Thank you and God bless us all!
    Yes, thank you for sharing your experiences with us! That's the same story I mentioned about my contacts who after now going into almost their 2nd year after their bridging program are still looking for their very first job!!! Not even an interview has been granted!

    With the new visa restrictions, it will be that much tougher now.

    It's even worse for those that had to finance the bridge program with agencies such as PHILMAN or AG Finance, as they can't afford to pay those loans back and depending again on others (family, relatives, friends, friends of friends) to come up with monthly payments, so sad. If you don't pay back, those agencies get "nasty" to collect.

    The job market is quickly shrinking for PH nurses and like you said, the hiring preferences are now going to the local grads as the top priority, as the same thing in the States.
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