It's Official We are definitely short staffed

  1. Not enough staff and NO agency nurses. Came in to do an extra shift on my day off and ended doing a double!!

    I am more than happy to share the workload if people want to come and work here in Queensland:roll:

    Come On Mr Beatty - you promised us more nurses

    No, truly, Queensland is a really nice place to work (she says hopefully knowing there is a world wide shorage of nurses)
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  3. by   kcalohagirl
    ::grin::

    My husband (well, he will be in a 2 weeks, anyway) and I love to travel and are both nurses!

    What are the requirements for US nurses wishing to work in OZ?

    We're both thinking seriously of doing the travel bit for a few years. What a fabulous way to experience another country!

    --Lizzie-- ::doing my little bit to try to alleviate the worldwide nursing shortage::
  4. by   gwenith
    :chuckle:

    Here I go - doing some international recruiting

    At the moment it is relatively (but only relatively) easy to get temporary work visa's for Australia.

    It is a fun thing to do - you won't make as much as working in the states but you get to see our brilliant crazy unique country while you make money
  5. by   kcalohagirl
    I lived in Hawaii for several years and met a lot of great people that were from Australia. Although most of them were from Sydney, crewed on sailboats and drank too much. ::grin::

    If we want to travel, we might as well go to Australia while we are still used to being young and broke. We're both all about a more laid-back style of life than most mainlanders here in the US are used to.
  6. by   carrie21
    my friend is currently working in Japan as a registered nurse, do u have any idea of MIGRANT BRIDGING PROGRAM? and do he needs to study for 6 months to 1 year. Do u know any schools or unviersities conducting that kind program?


    tnx!
    Last edit by gwenith on Feb 6, '07
  7. by   Grace Oz
    Quote from gwenith
    Not enough staff and NO agency nurses. Came in to do an extra shift on my day off and ended doing a double!!

    I am more than happy to share the workload if people want to come and work here in Queensland:roll:

    Come On Mr Beatty - you promised us more nurses

    No, truly, Queensland is a really nice place to work (she says hopefully knowing there is a world wide shorage of nurses)
    What are ya? Miss Queensland Tourism now??!!! :roll
  8. by   gwenith
    Quote from Grace Oz
    What are ya? Miss Queensland Tourism now??!!! :roll
    I gotta recruit somehow - my feet hurt!

    I just don't believe they talked me into a double after I said I would noly do six hours - trouble is - there just is not enough agency nurses. The other trouble is that if there is enough agency nurses then a lot of them start not getting enough work and they leave agency work. So we are in a losing situation here.:uhoh21:

    I keep telling myself "just think of the money"
  9. by   X-treme
    Tell me, when you work o/t or a double, are you getting paid time and half or more?
  10. by   gwenith
    Time and a half for the first four hours and double time thereafter. The union is NOT happy with double shifts and is very down on doing more than 12 hours straight - but there are days when there just is no option
  11. by   X-treme
    How long are the shifts normally? 8 or 12 hours?
    Do they vary by hospital?
  12. by   gwenith
    Can be 8, 10 or 12 hours. Depends on the hospital/ward and your contract
  13. by   jax
    Isn't this the time of the year when our units have our 15 new grads starting , to fill the holes in the roster?
  14. by   Djuna
    I recently went to 2 interviews in Brisbane, one in Caboolture, the other in Ipswich. Ipswich mucked around with getting my referees so in the end I said forget it, Caboolture didn't even bother phoning me to tell me I was not successful in my interview. PA phoned me to ask if I wanted a job in medical despite me specifying very clearly I wouldn't work anywhere except ED.

    I have recently moved specialty to ED from paediatrics so the problem may have been my lack of experience but I have 13 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, excellent referees and I interview very well according to previous applications.

    I came to the conclusion Queensland didn't need RNs and I wouldn't work there even if I got paid NSW rates (where I currently work). If we are in such short supply then management need to look at their recruitment process because my experience with Queensland certainly highlighted inadequacies.



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