Quote from ccampbell66
I am an American. I am considering coming to Australia to study for my entire BSN. Where in Australia did you study? I'm looking at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Where are you taking your extra Paed and Obs? I'm told nurses in the US have a much harder work load. The differences you mentioned I believe are correct. I didn't quite understand your last statement? So are you being allowed to work in the US with an LPN designation while you take your extra coursework?
I do not think Aus has BSN, we call Bachelor of Nursing in Aus, it takes 3 yrs. I studied and work in Adelaide, South Australia(graduated Uni of South Aus, 3 Uni teach nursing here Adelaide, Unisa, and Flinders). You will pay as overseas student tuition fees if you study in Aus, I am not familiar with this, but I guess about $20-25k/yr.
If you are think about migrating to Aus after graduate I think you are better to research about it, Adelaide is listed as low population city on immigration category, and I got sponsor for my permanent resident(PR)5 years ago. In big population city like Sydney, Mel, Brisbane immigration dept did not allow hospital to sponsor nurse for PR at that time. You are better to check it out. If you need more help let me on this know.
However, they stop the program at the moment in Adelaide, I guess private hospital still sponsor for temporary working visa(457), then you have to apply as independent skilled worker for PR.
I have not seen any American nurse here, just heard from other nurse's friend and rumor, but UK nurses are happy here.
I do not know where I can take extra Paed and Obs courses, but I think I can take those course at Midwifery School. In fact, USA state nursing boards accept Aus academics, so I can take these 2 course to make up for my missing these 2 courses in Aus Nursing Degree. We do not study Paed and Obs, because Midwife look after these patients.
I am in Aus at the moment, I can not apply for E3 working visa if I work as LPN, only RN with USA equivalent degree is allowed to apply for this working E3 visa. However, if you want to work as LPN with Aus nursing degree, I think you just pass the NCLEX-PN and you can work as LPN.
The last sentence is a joke. I mean my nursing friends said USA RN nurse will laugh at me, because I will not know how to do Jelco, Blood, Catherter etc, but good at LPN works, I will be demoted.
I will need to learn those skills too before I move to USA for work. You can email me to keep in touch and exchange info. email@example.com