American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 2

Hey there! Sorry if this a repeat of several other topics..I've been reading through many threads, and there is so much information, I'm getting overloaded. I'm an RN currently working as a... Read More

  1. Visit  etoile88 profile page
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    Does anyone know someone who has successfully received their Australian license, and was from the US or Canada? I would love to be able to chat with them.
  2. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    Hi,

    I just received my eligibility letter from AHPRA yesterday. From what I understand is my license is finalized and all they need from me is physically present in AHPRA with my passport and visa, and I should be receiving my license few days after. I'm a nurse in US with 1 year exp. The whole process for applying the registration is fairly smooth for me. I Fedex my application on June 9, they send me ane -mail on June 19 saying they received my application, time frame for my application is 4-6 weeks and they also requested some additional document. I Fedex my documents to them and they received it on July 4. I received an e-mail from my professional officer on July 25 saying they've mailed me my eligibility letter.
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  3. Visit  Bringonthenight profile page
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    Quote from Yee213
    Hi,

    I just received my eligibility letter from AHPRA yesterday. From what I understand is my license is finalized and all they need from me is physically present in AHPRA with my passport and visa, and I should be receiving my license few days after. I'm a nurse in US with 1 year exp. The whole process for applying the registration is fairly smooth for me. I Fedex my application on June 9, they send me ane -mail on June 19 saying they received my application, time frame for my application is 4-6 weeks and they also requested some additional document. I Fedex my documents to them and they received it on July 4. I received an e-mail from my professional officer on July 25 saying they've mailed me my eligibility letter.
    Not long now then! May I ask where your thinking of living and working down here?
  4. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    re: Bringonthenight

    I'm thinking Sydney and Melbourne, I've been contacting some nurse agencies and they are located in these 2 cities. So my plan is to work for the nurse agencies while looking for long-term jobs in the hospital.

    My concern is housing and transportation, coz I will be traveling with my cat, in what area should I look for an apartment? any websites that you recommend? I'm also thinking of having a roommate......
  5. Visit  ceridwyn profile page
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    Quote from Yee213
    re: Bringonthenight

    I'm thinking Sydney and Melbourne, I've been contacting some nurse agencies and they are located in these 2 cities. So my plan is to work for the nurse agencies while looking for long-term jobs in the hospital.

    My concern is housing and transportation, coz I will be traveling with my cat, in what area should I look for an apartment? any websites that you recommend? I'm also thinking of having a roommate......
    Hope you realise, Australia has tough quarantine laws and your cat will have to have shots before it leaves and microchip for Australia and when it lands in Australia that it goes into quarrantine for 30 days which you must pay for and it is not cheap.
    You will have to decide where you will be for the 30 days quarantine so that you can visit and pick up your cat.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Jul 29, '12
  6. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    re: Guide

    Thank you for your advice. I've already contacted an USDA approved vet here in US, and my cat already got all the vaccines and chip that he needs to go to Australia. It is very expensive, but I really don't want to give up my cat . The earliest I can ship my cat is 12/15, so hopefully by that time I will have an idea which city I end up going......
  7. Visit  ceridwyn profile page
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    PHEW, Good luck )It would be rotten to find out all these things just before it is time to leave.

    Though we do have plenty of "moggy's"over here, you could have one of mine.!!
  8. Visit  Bringonthenight profile page
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    [QUOTE="Yee213"]re: Bringonthenight

    I'm thinking Sydney and Melbourne, I've been contacting some nurse agencies and they are located in these 2 cities. So my plan is to work for the nurse agencies while looking for long-term jobs in the hospital.

    My concern is housing and transportation.

    Sydney and Melbourne are very expensive living and transportation. wise and getting permanent work in Melbourne Victoria is extremely hard. Have you considered somewhere like Brisbane, Queensland?
  9. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    re: Bringonthenight

    One of my co-workers actually told me about Brisbane, from what I heard it's also a beautiful city My background is DOU (step-down ICU, cardiac care), so I really want to get a job in CCU, I don't mind if I have to move to another city in order to get a job in CCU.

    I did have some short-term contract offered in rural area, they also provide housing which seems really good....... but I enjoy living in the cities......

    How's nurse job market in Brisbane?
  10. Visit  Bringonthenight profile page
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    Quote from Yee213
    re: Bringonthenight

    One of my co-workers actually told me about Brisbane, from what I heard it's also a beautiful city My background is DOU (step-down ICU, cardiac care), so I really want to get a job in CCU, I don't mind if I have to move to another city in order to get a job in CCU.

    I did have some short-term contract offered in rural area, they also provide housing which seems really good....... but I enjoy living in the cities......

    How's nurse job market in Brisbane?
    For experienced nurses the job market is much better then Melbourne and Sydney. And much better weather in Queensland! Haha. Brisbane has some excellent hospitals, one in particular is a cardiac hospital. Are you wanting to work in the public or private system?

    Make sure your prepared for the different culture of nursing in Aus, some US and Canada nurses I have worked with do feel overwhelmed at the differences. Eg: We do not have step down units, ICU patients go straight to ward.

    Keep me updated and ask any questions
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  11. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    Quote from Bringonthenight
    For experienced nurses the job market is much better then Melbourne and Sydney. And much better weather in Queensland! Haha. Brisbane has some excellent hospitals, one in particular is a cardiac hospital. Are you wanting to work in the public or private system?

    Make sure your prepared for the different culture of nursing in Aus, some US and Canada nurses I have worked with do feel overwhelmed at the differences. Eg: We do not have step down units, ICU patients go straight to ward.

    Keep me updated and ask any questions
    Thank you so much for your reply. I did some research about public and private system, from what I understand is in general the public hospitals are higher acuity, and I enjoy working in the teaching hospitals, so I think I would prefer public hospitals. Which hospital is the cardiac hospital in Brisbane? I would like to do some research on that hospital can you also give me the names of some excellent hospitals so I can do some research on them too? Sorry I have too many questions :P Thank you!
  12. Visit  etoile88 profile page
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    Oh, this is so exciting! I'm very encouraged by the fact that you got your letter from AHPRA relatively quickly. I sent off my application 2 weeks ago, and they charged my credit card / sent me the email that they got my application 2 days ago!! Hopefully if I'm missing any documents, they'll be easy to acquire.

    I'm thinking of Sydney..but I figured I wouldn't be able to be picky at all since the job market doesn't seem the best?
  13. Visit  Yee213 profile page
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    I was surprised too coz everyone's telling me it takes overseas nurses forever to get their registration. It is a lot of work, I make sure every document that I send is correct and is in the format that they require, I organized all my documents in categories and arranged them in a binder....I called them frequently to get an update on my application....

    Sydney is very expensive, but I still want to stay there for a few weeks pick up some casual shifts just for the experience. I don't think my paycheck can catch up with the rent in Sydney The job market in Melbourne is really not so good according to my friend who is living there. After getting a lot of different advice from my friends, google, and from "Bringonthenight", I'm really considering Brisbane for long-term stay, but still I need to look up more before I can make the decision.


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