Moving to Australia upon graduation - page 4

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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    Yep...new grads in the USA are certainly not expected to be out on their own until at least 4-6 weeks (my orientation to NICU was 20 weeks). I don't know how it works in Australia, but I know in the UK the nurses there do ~3,000 clinical hours in school whereas the average US BSN does maybe ~800 hours. That's why I think it's pretty unsafe for a new grad to go to a brand new country with no experience and only a little orientation. It's hard enough to be a nurse in your own country during the first year.
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    Yeah critical care new grads have longer orientations here as well, I couldn't imagine going into the NICU as a grad! That takes guts! Lol.

    Maybe our orientations are shorter because a lot of the 3rd year nursing students get jobs on the wards they did their final practicum on.

    I agree it would be a challenge to move here, find work etc etc but all we can do is offer advice
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    When I did my grad year (7years ago) I started in the OR. We had no OR clinicals what so ever during Uni. I had never stepped foot in theatre before. We were given 3 days orientation in each area (scrub/pacu/anaesthetics). It was defiantly sink or swim! I love theatre now & ended up doing a post grad dip.

    Fast forward to now, things have not changed. I have just completed my post grad dip in midwifery. Orientation time, 1 day in each area. In my opinion midwifery was like learning a whole new degree in 12 months. Sure nursing and midwifery overlap a lot but we hit the floor running.

    I would of loved 20weeks orientations
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    Quote from babyRN.
    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.
    Well babyRN u can't call me out on something I already discussed. I am fully aware I will need a years worth of experience and I intend to get that while working on my visa and other things I will need. My whole point in asking the question was to get helpful answers on what was expected there. Bringonthenight and others have offered that and I intend to use their advice. So I think ur a little late in conversation or didn't read everything in full. Sink or swim has been my life for the last 10 years. Military dont have time to go back and retrain. If your dad retired then u should know "can't, won't, or fail" is not part of a military persons vocabulary. Have a nice day
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    vgriggs, considering that many members post months after the initial post, I hardly think that a couple of days after your initial posting makes me inadmissible to expressing my opinion.

    You said that you wanted to work on getting the visa straight after you pass the NCLEX without any mention of working the US, so you can understand why it led me to believe that you were trying to move over as a new grad.

    My advice is to act a little more humble: your first few posts sounded pretty arrogant and being the "blunt American" will not open you many doors and perpetuates stereotypes of Americans...there is a difference between being candid and rude and your posts didn't seem to express the former sentiment.

    JMHO and NY $0.02 as Lindarn would say. Keep us posted on how things turn out. I do wish the best for you and your child.
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    Actually I'm a very humble person. I also don't assume either. If I read the post and wasn't clear on something I'd ask a question. Perhaps maybe a question like " do you plan on gaining experience before you move?" That's a start to a situation instead of assuming. Next, all I did was ask a question and straight off the back I got negative feedback , as if I would fail and that it's impossible. The reason I used the term "Blunt American" was because I was told In a post wut I thought was rude was an Aussie being blunt. Anyone who knows me or asks questions about me will know I am far from arrogant and not confrontational at all. I feel I responded well to ur post as u called me an embarrassment to all Americans. Although I knew that silver dragon would only edit what I really wanted to say. So my advice to you is get, and since your already an experienced nurse this should be a given, get to know the person and their intentions as well as situations before you post a hurtful comment because in the end you only embarrass yourself .
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    My current post stands so if your a new commer to my question I jus wanna say I am an Extremly positive person so if you have good advice or wanna leave a comment on how I can do it better or what not to forget by all means please comment. But please do not post any negative comments about my post. This is a great website and I thank everyone for the good feedback...
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    Quote from Sezza83
    When I did my grad year (7years ago) I started in the OR. We had no OR clinicals what so ever during Uni. I had never stepped foot in theatre before. We were given 3 days orientation in each area (scrub/pacu/anaesthetics). It was defiantly sink or swim! I love theatre now & ended up doing a post grad dip.

    Fast forward to now, things have not changed. I have just completed my post grad dip in midwifery. Orientation time, 1 day in each area. In my opinion midwifery was like learning a whole new degree in 12 months. Sure nursing and midwifery overlap a lot but we hit the floor running.

    I would of loved 20weeks orientations
    Midwifery is not nursing! It's a whole different ball game so I'm told- 1 day orientation that's scary! Lol
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    After a year at uni I am assuming!
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    Mid is a whole different mind set to nursing. And no we went to Uni while working so I think I had 2 days at Uni before I was on the postnatal ward on my own.


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