Moving to Australia upon graduation - page 2

by vgriggs

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Hello everyone, I will be graduating nursing school and will be moving to Australia. I do have plans to take my NCLEX in my home state of Texas and once I pass and receive my license I want to start to make the move. I know I can... Read More


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    Hi vriggs,

    I wish you all the luck with your career in OZ. I don't think they other posters are meaning to rude but just telling it how it is. Everyone is worried about their jobs. There have been budget cuts everywhere.
    Out of interest what type of jobs have you been offered? Be cautious with rural jobs because rural in Australia REALLY means rural. As in, your the only nurse for thousands of kms. The only way to get patients out is by plane and you're expected to know & do everything.
    If its agency nursing you will have no orientation what so ever & expected to work shifts at the last minute at all different hospitals.
    APRHA (the nursing board) is going to stop letting international nurses registered without previous experience so you might be better to get a few years experience under your belt.
    Good luck.
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    My post wasn't intended to offend. It was simply a concerned post trying to highlight the nursing crisis Australia is currently in- if my honesty offended the OP I apologise. This forum constantly has foreign new graduates or nursing students with dreams of moving to Australia, yet so many refuse to research what it is actually like to work here right now.

    I currently am employed in the private system so my job is secure for now. Though I know so many in the public system who have been or who are facing termination. Their wards even closing, it's really sad. I also know many AUSTRALIAN new graduates who were educated in this country and did not secure any graduate program as the public system only offered a handful of positions, forcing a surplus of applicants onto a private system that could not provide everyone with a job.

    Though I do congratulate you on getting 6 job offers as a foreign nursing student, that's really impressive good work. Be warned though, the Gold Coast is a crime city, it's not the paradise it used to be; but with your military background, i'm sure you'll be fine. Also it's all beaches and sunshine at GC, something you mentioned you weren't interested in, something about California having beaches and sunshine?

    And lastly what am I jealous of? I have a job in this great country, and even though the Australian nursing crisis is bad, the US crisis is much worse.

    Good luck with your move and be prepared that what you mistake "offensive" conversation is just how Aussies talk to one another. All the best!
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    Hey Ceridwyn, a comment like yours was very helpful. I think most countries are trying to find ways to dig their own out of a whole. Everyone has frustrations and I deeply understand that, I just kinda felt like they were taking it out on me. LOL Listen I been in the United States Military for 10 years so I am pretty sure I can handle 3 day orientations. I am also a Certified Pharmacy Technician and am very familiar with drugs and how they are ordered. I will admit there are going to be several things different about that process as well as others and that was all I was trying to get info on. I have traveled to other countries a lot and enjoy being around different people and cultures. I am not sure what Aussie Nurses think American Nurses do, but in my lived experience Nurses do it all as well. We also have several levels we can work in. For us an ADN is equivalent To a BSN over there. I would love to see all Australia if I could! If that is what the Gold Coast is it may get old for me and I'll move again lol. Life is short and from all the deployments and War I am just trying to live mine to the fullest. I hold an AAS in health care and an AAS in Pharmacy as well as an BS Health Care Administration so I am well educated. It may not come across in my writing but lol thats me! So you say you will go elsewhere, may I ask where? BTW from experience, nothing in life goes as planned, after all if it did where would the fun be
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    Hi Sezza83, getting experience before I go is great advice and that is all I was looking for. And YES! I have been warned by friends of the Rural term! As a new nurse here all you get is shift work of all kinds of crazy hours! I was in the military for 10 years so I am very use to crazy hours and 24 hour shifts. Plus budget cuts are happening here as well so I think every country is experiencing difficulties. I do know Australians are blunt but Americans are as well. I feel advice like yours and the other person on here were great, but I did feel like they were basically saying I wont succeed out there and that is something that is not in my vocabulary! So experience before I go! That is good to know thank you!
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    Im sure your not jealous, I just got very offended. I have been putting in hours of research in moving there and I am more interested in your country and its history and culture, not it's beaches. If the Gold Coast is not a good start off place than please by all means I would love a suggestion of where to go. As I said to other people on here, I feel every country is hurting right now. I am not trying to escape my country, I defended it for 10 years and 2 wars, I just want something new. I am merely trying to find out the differences before I come. Being military for 10 years I am use to being well prepared in any and everything I do. If you could see my computer I have so many websites on how the health care is there and the government. I am just reaching out to Australians so I can get it from the horses mouth! Just not so rude BTW when I retire that will be in Dubai! I love traveling and that is something you didn't know about me! I'd wish you luck but you seem to have it together
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    Thanks for accepting my apology, I do wish you all the best. Have you looked into brisbane? It's queenslands capital, an hour away from the Gold Coast. More job opportunities, a lot less crime, decent weather year round... Are you planning on joining an agency at first to see a bit of everywhere or are you just looking straight up for full time work? A lot of foreign nurses I've worked with started with an agency then got offered full time jobs.

    I also don't think NSW or south Australia's health system is in as bad shape as Victoria from what I've read.

    Feel free to ask as many questions as you like
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    Absolutely ! Yes I have considered Brisbane however I did see a post that it is pretty expensive there and since I'm new and foreign I'm not going to assume ill start off with a great pay. I'm assuming its like here and as u work ur way up your pay does to. I will research more on Brisbane as well as NSW.... So an agency is a better route for an international nurse?? I will look into some agencies. I did receive info from an agency but off top of my head I can not remember the name and location. I would like to give you the name later and see if you have heard of them.... So from your perspective how is Brisbane as far as coast of living?? And I am sorry as well for jumping on the defense :-)
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    Hey I see all the heavy flooding out there in Brisbane!! Your area isn't affected is it??
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    Hi. I'm a newbie in here so please be nice to me. Lol. Anyways I saw this thread and I think it perfectly fits my query. I'm a fresh BSN graduate (4 year course) from the Philippines but I have no license yet. My family and I will be moving sometime later this year to Australia probably in Tasmania so I'm planning to pursue my nursing profession and get my license there. Does anyone here knows what possible programs should I take for me to be registered and get a license? Thanks! ☺
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    Hi Sheeeeen, from what I'm gathering on everyone's thoughts, having at least a year experience is best. Bringonthenight also said agencies will be helpful. Lots of good advice I got :-) u should get some great advice in here ..


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