Moving to Australia upon graduation - page 3

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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    But I still don't have the license to get an experience. I am considering of enrolling to a conversion program for bachelor of nursing to get my "BSN" degree from the philippines accredited. Do you know which universities offer conversion programs specifically for a bachelor of nursing graduate?

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    Agency is a lot easier to get into then full time work, most foreign nurses I work with started by working agency. And majority of agency nurses seem to be foreign at least in my experience. It's a great place to start because like I said you can work all over, see which places you like and make a good impression on the unit managers then work your way into getting full time work. It might be challenging work at first working in different places/people/hospital policies etc etc but you get used to it I guess just be polite, assertive with the work and ask questions when you don't know what to do.

    Recently I've had a lot of Irish nurses working with "healthcare Australia" they must advertise in Ireland or something, they all seem to like the company.

    First choice care is another major agency.
    Oxley nursing and Drake medox are another 2 agencies I can think of off the top of my head.

    Queensland health (the public system) no longer or rarely books agency nurses due to the costs, so your best bet there is joining their casual pool. A nurse recently told me Qhealth hospitals were hiring large amounts of casual pool nurses to eliminate agency expenses and as a bonus they would have a large bank of nurses orientated to the Qhealth system. How true that story is I have no idea but it does make sense financially speaking.

    I was not affected thankfully, the 2011 flood hit brisbane a lot harder then this recent one. If you move to Aus I suggest definitely researching flood risk suburbs. I believe Gold Coast is more expensive living wise then Brisbane in my experience but there is cheap suburbs and expensive ones like every city.

    I also definitely recommend (if you haven't already) reading up on the differences in Aus and US nursing. The Irish/UK nurses seem to adapt relatively quick where as the US/Canadian ones I've worked with said the transition was a big adjustment- not impossible but tough at first.

    Oh and get your AHPRA application in ASAP it takes months to get approved.
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    Quote from sheeeeeen
    But I still don't have the license to get an experience. I am considering of enrolling to a conversion program for bachelor of nursing to get my "BSN" degree from the philippines accredited. Do you know which universities offer conversion programs specifically for a bachelor of nursing graduate?
    Most major city universities that offer a bachelor of nursing will offer a 1 year overseas trained nurse bachelor conversion course. I have only known/worked with Chinese nurses who have been required to do these conversion courses, I'm not sure what a bachelor degree from the Philippines equals over here.
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    First off I'm glad you were not affected! I was watching today, I do not know everything about the flooding over there but I just recently got out of the military and my last duty station was Key West, Florida. Beautiful beach but every time it rained it flooded and the Hurricanes were bad so I'm aware but guess just need to prepare. Oxley was the one I was trying to think of... So for now I will do some good research on the differences between US and Aussie Nursing.. At least I can be a little prepared. Believe it or not I am extremely polite bringonthenight! lol!!!! Trust me when I say if I do not know something I will ask!!!! Yes I do know about the AHPRA, I have the website saved and I am reading up on it because it said something about registering while your a student and I still need to find out if I can do that being that i'm in US or if I just need to apply once I get licensed. Sorry I threw your name out there to Sheeeeeen but you seem to be very informative :-) Yes I would like to see all the places so that I could pick a good spot. I plan on being there a while if you don't mind lol. After that who knows I like to travel! I suspect this to be tough but i'm sure in the end it will be rewarding!
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    Bringonthenight, wouldn't she be able to maybe find out what her philippine degree transfers to from the AHPRA website. I'm pretty sure that is where I found out about mine... I'll look Sheeeeeen and see but I think you can. I'm not sure what search engine your using but you can search AHPRA and read up on it. It has a lot of info there.
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    AHPRA is planning on registering students like the UK and Ireland do so that they are accountable for their actions and if there is any issues prior to qualification that they do not slip by unnoticed.

    As a nurse that trained in Ireland adapting to the Australian health system was easy as it is the same model. The US model is very different and I was on a ward a few years ago with an American nurse who had just moved and she found the system completely different.
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    Yes I'm so sure things are completely different only good thing is anatomy is anatomy is anatomy lol... I'm def gonna do like bringonthenight said and research the differences as much as I can. I still have a while so ill be able to get plent good info and suggestions... Plus ill be asking lots of questions and hoping I get great responses from u guys!
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    Quote from sheeeeeen
    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! ☺
    There is a bg thread in the nurse registration forum so suggest a good read as things are different if trained in the Philippines. You say you have no license yet but have you sat NLE as Australia as far as I am aware requires a license in the country where ou trained
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    I'm not trying to be mean, but you want to move to a new country with its own extraordinarily different healthcare system with absolutely no RN experience? All while expecting them to accommodate for the fact that you need a decently long orientation to make you safe? I think you're being very naive...

    I do have an idea if what I'm talking about; I have another foreign license (UK) and researched Australia too. Honestly I'm surprised more people haven't called you out on this. You need to get a years worth of experience before you'll be useful...otherwise you're just draining resources that are better used on their own nurses who deserve it more than you. Again, this is not trying to be mean. But it's trying to make you more grounded in reality.

    Edited to thank you for your service to our nation and to tone down some of my disbelief. My Dad just retired after 32 years of service.
    Last edit by babyNP. on Feb 4, '13
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    Quote from babyRN.
    All while expecting them to accommodate for the fact that you need a decently long orientation to make you safe?
    We don't do extended orientations. A standard medical/surgical grad gets 1-2weeks of working with a preceptor then your on your own. It's what we call the sink or swim period, some pick it up quick, others often cry or have a few melt down moments!

    I hear US get longer orientations?


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