strange and very difficult situation

  1. Hi everyone !!!
    My name is Marian Mihaela ,I am a Romanian registered nurse , I have gratuated the College of Nursing ,three years full-time ,I will become a Permanent Resident in Australia[my husband is the principal applicant] and I will live in Melbourne . My mark for the English Test-IELTS is only 6 and I cannot be registered at the Victoria registration Board because for the IELTS Test-Academic level I must have 7[seven]
    Coud I work in any position related to nursing area ,like nursing assistant ,health care worker ....untill I become a registered nurse in Australia? I think that if I take a course in Australia , in English language it won't be necessary to take 7 at Academic Ielts [it is required only for overseas non-english education] and in this way I will be able to be a registered nurse and to work in Australia .

    I already took IELTS -Test two times but I cannot satisfied the requirements for nurse registration .I am very much afraid that I will not find work and because I have a three years boy to rise , my problem is very serious for me .

    I must appologise for my bad english . I wait for your answer.

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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Koalablue
    I've tried to post this once already - lets see if it works this time!

    I can't see any reason why you won't be able to get work as a nursing aid in say, an aged care facility or some other similar care place. So long as you are permitted to work when you get here that is.

    Are you in Australia yet, or still waiting to come over here? Can you not take a sort of English `rehresher' course where you are now and then take the test again? You're so close to the score needed already!

    Anyway, if not I'd say you still have a good chance of finding work in the healthcare field while you improve your English skills (although they seem pretty good to me already!). I imagine it won't take you long to improve once you are surrounded day in day out by us Aussies

    Good luck!
  4. by   freeflo
    thank you very much for your answer. I still living in Romania but I hope to move in Melbourne in september-october.I watch BBC-prime ,Discovery-channell,HBO-movies[it's a pleasure and it's very cheap] ,I take english courses ,but it will be very difficult to me to take 7-academic level [means 'good user' ]at speaking exam....You are wright ,the best way to improve my english is to live and especially work in Australia .
    Do you know what to do ,how ,where to start looking for health-care jobs ;what is the salary level ,where to find good oportunities ,if I need a credit for prior training or these jobs are unqualified[so ,not good money ???!!!!]
    Where do you live ?Again ,thanks a lot.
  5. by   chronicTX
    hey freeflo, just like you, I'm a foreign nurse wanting to work not in Australia but in the US. We can choose either IELTS or TSE for the required english language test. I haven't taken any of it yet, but to prepare myself with these exams, I speak english at home, at the review center,or to anywhere that i would please to speak it. I don't care if I sounded funny:chuckle , but my goal is to take the exam just one time and pass it. My mentor once said, "THE BEST WAY TO PASS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM (WHETHER ITS TSE OR IELTS) IS TO SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR AT LEAST 2 STRAIGHT MONTHS PRIOR TO THE TEST DATE." Hope this helps. Goodluck to us both!
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from freeflo
    thank you very much for your answer. I still living in Romania but I hope to move in Melbourne in september-october.I watch BBC-prime ,Discovery-channell,HBO-movies[it's a pleasure and it's very cheap] ,I take english courses ,but it will be very difficult to me to take 7-academic level [means 'good user' ]at speaking exam....You are wright ,the best way to improve my english is to live and especially work in Australia .
    Do you know what to do ,how ,where to start looking for health-care jobs ;what is the salary level ,where to find good oportunities ,if I need a credit for prior training or these jobs are unqualified[so ,not good money ???!!!!]
    Where do you live ?Again ,thanks a lot.
    I run a school in Bangkok, Thailand teaching English to healthcare providers.
    One trick that we find that really works is to have the student read outloud to
    themselves on a daily basis, preferably for thirty minutes, but even 15 minutes will work. You are lucky,you have a captive listener there, your husband.
    You can use a book, read something off of the internet, or even a newspaper.
    You get to hear how you sound, and once you start speaking more frequently things will get much easier for you.
    If you get the chance to speak English all day with your husband, then that is even better. But I would also practice your reading skills. Something that most people studying English don't do enough of. Then you can really listen to how you sound. you are apt to pay more attention to yourself then.

    Good luck on your exams.....................
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Jun 3, '04
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from savvyla
    hey freeflo, just like you, I'm a foreign nurse wanting to work not in Australia but in the US. We can choose either IELTS or TSE for the required english language test. I haven't taken any of it yet, but to prepare myself with these exams, I speak english at home, at the review center,or to anywhere that i would please to speak it. I don't care if I sounded funny:chuckle , but my goal is to take the exam just one time and pass it. My mentor once said, "THE BEST WAY TO PASS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM (WHETHER ITS TSE OR IELTS) IS TO SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR AT LEAST 2 STRAIGHT MONTHS PRIOR TO THE TEST DATE." Hope this helps. Goodluck to us both!
    You also need to include TWE and TOEFL with the TSE if you are planning on getting a green card or the IELTS series.
  8. by   gwenith
    I cannot better the advice given to you by Susanne but I will say that there are English classes available here through TAFE. As for jobs - look in any of the common job sites i.e. Monster.com, seek etc or try the victorian goverment website. To search Australian sites I find http://au.anzwers.yahoo.com/ the best resource.
  9. by   Farkinott
    I wish you luck in obtaining your nurse's registration. Australia is strict in it's registration requirements, which is a good thing, to uphold standards of care. I feel for you in your frustration, but as language is a major comunication skill it is imperative that the patient (and you) understand each other). As a new resident of this country it is up to you to be able to communicate on a level that is free from compromise with your patients and you. Eg. If your patient cannot understand you then they cannot be confide3nt with the care provided.
    In accordance with the advice given in previous posts you should be able to get work in an aged care facility or suchlike. The larger cities with higher percentages of migrants (such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide) may have more job opportunities for you. In fact, bilingual nurses are in short supply.
    English is a difficult language to learn but I hope you can can soldier on and qualify for registration as a registered nurse.
    On behalf of our big brown land, I welcome you and your family.
  10. by   freeflo
    thank you very much for all your answer .
    I will let you know when I will move to Melbourne ,I hope it will be very soon.

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