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Joined May 10, '08 - from 'Philippines ,Australia'. unadunad is a RN. He has '9' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Neuroscience,Aged Care, General Nursing'. Posts: 229 (25% Liked) Likes: 101

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  • Jul 9 '16

    It's an unfortunate situation, but if you really plan on working in the US someday, you have to do whatever it takes. And yes, it sounds simple, but it isn't.

    Waiting 4-5-7 years for a green card is surely a burden. Got to keep the license active, got to keep up with the practice, and got to wait patiently. If PA won't issue a renewal because you don't have a SSN, then maybe endorsing to another state is a good option. Find a state that will issue you a license, and renew your license even if you don't have the SSN yet. It's expensive and at the same time maybe effective.

    Then, to keep it active, some states require you to have a certain number of continuing nursing education (cne) units. You can do it online. Others require you to practice nursing for a certain number of hours, or just simply work as a nurse.

    You don't have to maintain an active license in your home country to be granted a green card. Immigration and licensure are two different things. But active license in your native land plus work experience means you are indeed qualified as a nurse, with up-to-date experience to satisfy the consul and/or your employer that you can perform nursing safely. But losing your active license in your home because you are currently practicing somewhere else will give you the same advantage.

    God Bless!

  • Jun 28 '16

    It does impact the visa requirements unadunad

  • Jan 20 '12

    i'll be flying to australia today.

    see you guys at CON

  • Jan 6 '12

    Good day everyone. Just wanna share my time line with all of you. Pass my application july 2011October 2011- received email saying i have a reg officerOCtober - dec = complied remaining docs being askedJanuary 5,2011 - received eligibility letter from aphra valid for 1 yearJanuary 7- started to scout some BP schools in perthCan anyone tell me what are other bp schools in perth aside from IhnaThanks. Happy new year. Just keep our hopes and prayers high.

  • Jan 4 '12

    i am the happiest person in the whole world!!

    my 456 visa has been released today, tomorrow il be flying to victoria australia for the commencement of my bp in acfe on january 9, 2012..

    thank you almighty father for an answered prayer!!

    thank you also for all the forumers here who helped me and answered all my queries from the very beginning!

    let's never stop paddling our canoe in order to reach our aussie dream!!

  • Dec 9 '11

    hi there ive been following the forum statements here for several days and im overwhelmed to be seeing people with variety of ideas and those who are possessing a big and kind heart to share )
    i just got my cert from my secondary school here in the phils and confidently gave me the said document stating that all subjects were taught and assessed in english..luckily i graduated from an exclusive school and my registration officer just told me that the first cert that i submitted must be revised and that my years of being a student should also be highlighted.
    i learned that ahpra already publicized a framework for a revision on registration process dated sept19 however i was able to submit my application in qld august 19 when i was still staying there and studying.my registration officer is friendly to answer all my enquiries online... i also tried sitting on the ielts but i was unlucky and failed in writing. so im still having this determination to sit again and ace the ielts.. im just really hoping that i would be able to receive a good result,

  • Dec 6 '11

    Quote from aila61
    hi guys! to those nurses who are done with their BP and currently looking for a job, or for those who already found their employers, I would just like to ask some of the qualifications that employers are looking for in Australia (besides registration of course ). I have 1 year ER experience and 1 yr 5mos experience as a Radiology Nurse. I'm a bit nervous since I've read that there are some nurses in Aus who are finished with their BP but unfortunately had a hard time looking for a job.

    Do you guys think that with my working experience it would be easier for me to be hired or it really depends on the discretion of the employers?

    Thank you in advance!

    Hi aila,

    You are on the same boat as I am. I just finished my BP last week with ETEA. I have about 2 years work experience in ER. I was fortunate to do my clinical placement in NSW (Sydney) and visit my cousin in Brisbane, QL after the BP.

    There are lots of job vacancies at present in NSW. There are some in QL also. I didn't bother applying for jobs in Victoria because the job situation here in Melbourne is a bit tight for the moment. The government has been doing budget cuts for the health sector. It really didn't discourage me though because I find Melbourne too cold.

    Anyway, I have sent on-line applications to at least 20 job vacancies in the government sector. I have also sent job applications to private hospitals. Some employers are picky. They emailed me that they prefer applicants with "very" extensive work experience. Some have also given positive responses initially. But since I applied for jobs even without my license (my school told me that my RN license will be released in 2 to 4 weeks time), they still have to wait until I get it before they could seriously consider me for the job and start processing my visa sponsorship.

    The thing is, an applicant should not be picky and choose only places that they want to work in. Be prepared to accept job offers in the rural area. One employer is offering me an ER job in a rural area 4 hours away by train from Sydney. I didn't decline the offer initially. As what my cousin advised me...."collect, then select" .

    I am flying home to my family before the Christmas holidays. I will be staying on until 1st or 2nd week of January. Still haven't booked my return light to Aus though because I still don't know where I will be working. I'm fortunate to have a multiple entry 456 visa so I don't have problems flying back to Aus anytime.

    By the way, if you really want to work in ER (like me ), you could enroll in Advanced Life Support (ALS) here after the BP. It's just a 2 day course. It could help, because they asked me if I have one. They prefer an Ozzie course though. The one I got is already more than 2 years old .

    It's really best that RN's like us have some work experience before coming over here. AHPRA requires 3 months but most of the BP schools require at least 1 to 2 year work experience before they consider you for a slot. And employers are looking for extensive work experience also. There are no short cuts. But if some insist, then by all means. Nursing homes can also be an option. Some don't require work experience at all. But I prefer hospitals though. I am a person that gets bored easily. I like the fast-paced environment of the ER or critical areas because time flies so fast when you are busy.

    I hope to have given you a clearer picture of the job market.

  • Nov 23 '11

    [font="franklin gothic medium"]hi all :d at last after 3months of waiting i finally got my loe from ahpra through email this morning . thank god for all the guidance and of course thanks to this forum. all your posts and stories here are very helpful and inspiring. for those who are still waiting for their loe, just have patience and trust god's time, it will come. next stop is bp hunting :d still praying that everything will be smooth below is my time line for the application.

    august 18 - submitted documents to ahpra wa
    august 24 - ahpra requested for my course outline
    august 26 - complied with their request
    august 29 - received a receipt of application
    november 22 - received an email from my case officer that my papers have been assessed and for final approval
    november 23 - received my loe

    [font="fixedsys"]he replied, "because you have so little faith. truly i tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'move from here to there,' and it will move. nothing will be impossible for you." - mathew 17:20

  • Nov 22 '11

    Quote from earubi
    Hi! I was granted a 456 visa multiple entry valid for 1 year. I wonder if I will be allowed to purchase a one way ticket for this type of visa or I'll have pay for a round trip airfare. Please advise. Thank you.
    Hi, me and most of my pinoy classmates are on a 456 visa, some on a multiple and some single entry. I am on a single entry and I purchased a one-way ticket, and I was lucky because I wasn't questioned AT ALL by the immigration about this. Most of my classmates on a multiple entry, also have a one-way ticket because they're planning to exit Oz and enter a different country closer to here so they could enter back to Oz ASAP. But some still got a 2-way ticket because they wanted to celebrate Christmas with their family. I think it just varies with what you want, and if asked, just answer them as honest as possible.

  • Nov 17 '11

    Quote from unadunad
    Thank God !! I received my 456 multiple entry visa this morning and it has no "no further stay condition" on it. .

    *Next is selection process for the January intake , it will be known this Mid December, so I am not assured of January slot yet .

    wow!!! Congrats... I told you, for sure u will get it!!!

  • Nov 16 '11

    GOD IS VERY GOOD!!!

    I received my letter of ELIGIBILITY from AHPRA just this afternoon..

    It took me 3 months & 2 weeks before receiving a very important notice.
    For me, my waiting time was lengthened due to my good standing from NM-BON (NCLEX), it lasted for 3 weeks for them (AHPRA) to receive my certificate.
    With consistent prayer and optimism, everything is possible..Praise the Lord!

    Thank you everyone for all the information and pieces of advice you've shared..

    Now time for BP hunting...

  • Nov 6 '11

    Quote from aiashtia
    Thanks for the input.

    Yes. It's just that my family is going to Perth soon under subclass 457. I just graduated this March 2011. Took June 2011 Nurses Licensure Exam, passed and ranked 11th nationwide. Praise God for that! It's really not easy to land in a nursing job if you graduated here in the Philippines. There are even graduates last last year that are not yet employed. Sad truth.

    "You don't have any experience and you want to work abroad. You will be competing with experienced nurses who want the same job you are after or new graduates who speak their language and do not need to be applied for sponsorship" ->it would appear like that. I'll be rubbing elbows with experienced and local nurses. That's really scary for a fresh graduate like me and taking that I'll be with my family there and I am a registered nurse in the Philippines, better yet do something about my course and make it flourish there. I just pray things will go well. I don't know what God has for me. I'm afraid I will not end up as a nurse in Australia.

    Here's hoping.

    P.S.

    Everyone, you think AHPRA would turn me down because I'm a fresh and unemployed registered nurse??

    I'm afraid you will have a hard time finding a BP school that will accept you. They need at least 1 to 2 yrs experience depending in which school. My niece last year was able to enroll with ACFE without work experience but they stopped accepting fresh grads shortly after that. According to my niece, there were some after her that were dropped from the course because they couldn't handle the clinical placement with no work experience at all. Remember that we have to show our competence in RLE. The obstacles are that we have to get used to their system here, their equipment, the supplies, and medications. Oh boy, the medications are all brand names. They rarely use the generic names. And the brands they are using are different from ours back home. I'm not saying you won't be accommodated, but I'm just telling you that your options for BP schools will severely be limited. While applying for registration with AHPRA, why don't you start volunteering to gain some experience? I'm with ETEA for the clinicals now and many of us are placed in hospitals. The hospital environment is fast. You have to constantly be on your toes to immediately absorb what the staff is going to teach you. You are being oriented to a particular ward for one day only. The next day, you will already be on your own. I was put in critical care for my 1st two weeks. Mostly cardiac patients. Good thing I have about 2 yrs ER experience. Used to the fast pace. I like the adrenaline rush of the fast environment. Now, I'm assigned in the surgical ward for another 2 weeks. Slower pace, but doesn't mean no work. Just different duties. You have to show eagerness and "can do" attitude. The best case scenario is the hospital might offer you a job after the placement. The worst case scenario is they will be your "referee" come job hunting time. Very important to have a referral from the clinical placement here so your prospective employer will get an idea of your competence. Anyway, good luck on your path to the Ozzie dream. There are many ways to "kill a cat". Mine is the most straightforward one. You can do it another way for as long as we reach the same destination. Cheers!!

  • Nov 4 '11

    after almost 3 years of processing, I finally got my VISA approved ! THANK YOU to the BOSS up there ...and to all those who posted their experiences, replied to my queries, and gave advice....

  • Oct 28 '11

    Quote from ceridwenRN
    filipino nurses, there are jobs for you if you strive harder. whenever i go to nsw health jobs, there are lots of job advertisements (for those with minimum 12months exp). when you get a job in an nsw public hospital, the sponsor will always be nsw health, whatever hospital that is. but those hospitals who are willing to hire overseas nurses are in western nsw and eastern sydney mostly, based from my experience. i have validated this from RNs who are locals and from those coming from UK, Ireland and India. another thing i've validated is there are few new grad positions for local graduates, but still there are many RN positions to fill in by experienced nurses. this is 100% true as of april-sep2011. don't know about the changes now. i am encouraging you to apply in nsw bec we are so understaffed (meaning the 1:4 is not followed) and probably there are no or few jobs for overseas nurses outside nsw. i am saying this from the perspective of a volunteer nurse with little experience who did a bridging and eventually got a job in sydney.

    in the end, believe what you want to believe. say what you want to say.
    Hi everyone,

    I agree with ceridwenRN about NSW hospitals being understaffed. Just got done with the 1st week of clinical placements at a private hospital 80kms north of sydney. Oh boy, the 1:4 ratio is not followed. RNs are overworked. The staff are so happy that there are 8 BP students are there assigned to different wards for 5 weeks. I haven't met any staff that is not complaining about the hospital being understaffed. That is not to say though that the hospital is hiring. I like the area. Not crowded like sydney and it's only an hour's train ride away from the city proper. The standard of living is not as expensive also as the city center. The patients are mostly elderly. I'm assigned to the cardiac critical care ward where patients undergo various cardiac operations like pacemaker insertions, angiograms, and angioplasties. Anyway, 4 more weeks to go. I am now considering my options and scouting for possible job vacancies in the area. Not discounting Melbourne and Brisbane as well. Will be back in Melbourne for the final assessment after sydney. will visit my cousin in Brisbane after the BP.

    Anyway, God bless everyone who are still on the application process with AHPRA. And God bless everyone who might be in the process of job application. I met a few RN's who went to IHNA for their BP. There was this one girl who found work as an ER nurse in Frankston, Melbourne. Got interested with her case because I have about 2 yrs work experience in the ER back home. She got sponsored for PR immediately after 6 months of working with the hospital. Just try your best to give a good impression in the clinical placements because they will be your useful reference in the CV. Ciao.

  • Oct 28 '11

    filipino nurses, there are jobs for you if you strive harder. whenever i go to nsw health jobs, there are lots of job advertisements (for those with minimum 12months exp). when you get a job in an nsw public hospital, the sponsor will always be nsw health, whatever hospital that is. but those hospitals who are willing to hire overseas nurses are in western nsw and eastern sydney mostly, based from my experience. i have validated this from RNs who are locals and from those coming from UK, Ireland and India. another thing i've validated is there are few new grad positions for local graduates, but still there are many RN positions to fill in by experienced nurses. this is 100% true as of april-sep2011. don't know about the changes now. i am encouraging you to apply in nsw bec we are so understaffed (meaning the 1:4 is not followed) and probably there are no or few jobs for overseas nurses outside nsw. i am saying this from the perspective of a volunteer nurse with little experience who did a bridging and eventually got a job in sydney.

    in the end, believe what you want to believe. say what you want to say.


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