American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 3

by etoile88 52,465 Views | 121 Comments

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 traveler in the US. I have almost 2... Read More


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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?
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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?
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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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    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!
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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?
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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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    Quote from Yee213

    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!
    Public system is great, more resources and better nurseatient ratios. Research "Queensland Health" it's the name of the major public system in Queensland. The Royal Brisbane hospital is the largest public hospital in Queensland, followed by the Princess Alexandra. These are both what you would call "level 1" trauma and teaching hospitals. I've heard very good things about the cardiac wards and CCU at the PA. Don't know anyone that works in cardiac at the Royal but its a good hospital also. The hospital in Brisbane known for cardiac is called the "Prince Charles" hospital. It's apart of Queensland Health also. Right next door to Prince Charles is its private cousin "Holy Spirit" which has multiple cardiac wards and a CCU.

    Even though it is private, "Greenslopes" hospital has an excellent CCU from what I hear but avoid the regular wards.

    St Andrews is a known cardiac hospital as well though it is also private.

    Avoid outer suburb hospitals such as Redcliffe and Caboolture. Avoid Logan. And when it comes to living unless you get a job at the PA stick to the northside of the river.

    Did any of this post help or make sense? Sorry I'm half asleep at this time! Haha
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    Re: Bringonthenight
    Thank you so much for your input, it's really helpful, I will definitely look into those hospitals!! BY the way, which areas are considered north side of the river? Is it northern suburbs? like Newstead? Sorry I don't know the area :P...... How about Gold Coast & Sunshine coast? it seems like the rent in those area is more affordable :P

    Thank you!
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    Quote from Yee213
    Re: Bringonthenight
    Thank you so much for your input, it's really helpful, I will definitely look into those hospitals!! BY the way, which areas are considered north side of the river? Is it northern suburbs? like Newstead? Sorry I don't know the area :P...... How about Gold Coast & Sunshine coast? it seems like the rent in those area is more affordable :P

    Thank you!
    Yes Northern suburbs. Avoid the gold coast at all costs! It has turned into a major crime city. Sunshine coast is lovely but it is about an hour+ out of Brisbane. As is the Gold Coast.
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    Oh no!! Thanks for the info, I will stay away from gold coast!! hehe...


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