American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 4

by etoile88

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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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    I'm really surprised that you received your registration so quickly. I sent my paperwork 30 July 2011 and just received my registration number. I'm an ICU nurse from Florida and have decided to relocate with my Australian partner back to Sydney. I was really frustrated with AHPRA and their communication. I've spoken to other Australian nurses ad their registration took 6 months. Does anyone know an average pay in Sydney at a public hospital? Are unit nurses paid more?I've heard mixed information on pay.
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    Quote from Mwill378
    I'm really surprised that you received your registration so quickly. I sent my paperwork 30 July 2011 and just received my registration number. I'm an ICU nurse from Florida and have decided to relocate with my Australian partner back to Sydney. I was really frustrated with AHPRA and their communication. I've spoken to other Australian nurses ad their registration took 6 months. Does anyone know an average pay in Sydney at a public hospital? Are unit nurses paid more?I've heard mixed information on pay.
    Have you checked the NSW health website? You can search for job postings and of course find out the salary information. Unit nurses are not paid differently to ward nurses, your paid depending on your level and grade which is generally determined by your years of experience but not always. A quick breakdown of the level and grade confusion: a new graduate RN is a Level 1 Grade 1. Level 1 goes up to grade 8. A Level 2 nurse is what we call a "Clinical nurse" (experienced RNs who are often charge nurses) Level 3 are your Nurse unit Educators and Level 4 is your NUM.

    Also AHPRA is a relatively new organization and keep in mind that it is now a national registration company as opposed to our old state by state process. So onto of being new and working out the kinks in the system, they are also taking registration information and questions from nurses all across Australia and of course international nurses wanting to work here.

    Good luck
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    Hi,

    I just booked my ticket to Sydney, so I will arrive Sydney on 9/3, so excited ( and a little bit nervous too :P). I decided to use nurse agency first when I get there, so I will work as an agency nurse in the first 1-2 months, and then go to Brisbane. I would like some local input on the nursing job market in Brisbane, I knew that nurses in Queensland protested against some changes in the health policy, so I'm just wondering would that affect the overall nurse job market over there?

    Thank you!
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    Ok first off you need to learn to flip your date writing. You arrive in the third of Sept?

    That is written as 3/9. Here as in the UK it is written day/month/year.

    Good idea going with agency that is what I did but I was in Sydney and Melbourne so I have no idea of the job market in Brisbane.
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    Quote from K+MgSO4
    Ok first off you need to learn to flip your date writing. You arrive in the third of Sept?

    That is written as 3/9. Here as in the UK it is written day/month/year.

    Good idea going with agency that is what I did but I was in Sydney and Melbourne so I have no idea of the job market in Brisbane.
    I will arrive in Sydney first and stay there for 2 months, and I would like to know about job market in Sydney too if you don't mind sharing? If I want to apply jobs in Sydney, which ones would be good hospitals to work in? and which one should I avoid? Thank you!
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    Will type you a proper reply when I get my laptop working. Can't manage long replies on my phone.
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    I was in Sydney 4 years ago so things have probably changed. There was plenty of work then but from what has been written on these boards things have slowed down.

    You can sign with as many agencies as you want. At that time each of the big agencies seemed to have a certain area of the city that they supplied with staff but that may of changed. I worked for a small agency so I got sent everywhere. I had friends from home that worked for a bigger agency and they said that they didn't get the quality of care from the agency that I got. If I rang them after a shift and said do NOT send me back there they wouldn't, where as my friends would have to refuse a shift because they were talking to different people everyday

    I would advise you to stay away from St Georges Hospital. It's attitudes to agency staff were terrible. If you are confident in your skills but not cocky, admit that you need to be shown around etc you should have no problems.

    From what an American nurse I worked with there are big differences in medication names routine allied health members roles etc.

    Is there any thing else that I can help you with?
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    Hi All,

    I've been skimming through this thread and am excited for Yee213! I am also a step down / telemetry cardiac nurse with 3yrs experience who is looking to travel to melbourne. I've already received my eligibility registration from the AHPRA, but it did take several months for me, and I also have my working holiday visa. Oh and I'm looking to travel to Aus in December of this year.

    Couple questions:
    1. Are there any agencies that include housing or a housing stipend?
    2. One of the agencies I've been in contact with, Vital International, does not have any 3 or 6 month assignments for Melbourne, but recommends me to work with some agencies for more per diem scheduling. Do you think I'll be able to find sufficient work? I'm a bit cautious picking up and moving without a for sure job already in place. Or should I check out different agencies to obtain a 3 or 6 month contract?

    Thanks for your help!!
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    Hi,

    I was so busy moving, travelling, and settling in the last month, so I'm in Sydney now. Started working with 2 agencies since last Wednesday. Nursing is so different here compare to the US. Still trying to get use to the system, I'm completely overwhelmed. Worked in a few private hospitals, the only good experience I had so far is with St. Vincent Private, but they have been cancelling a lot lately. The recuiter said could be becasue of the school holiday. The recruiter also told me the staff in public hospitals tend to be nicer, private hospitals tend to be more picky becasue their pay rate for agency nurses are a lot higher than the public. Still pending my paper work for the public hospitals, hopefuuly it will be done soon. I need some emotional support........need someone to talk to
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    Hey!

    Sorry to hear you are overwhelmed, but I'm sure anyone would be given the circumstances. It's tough enough working at a new hospital, let alone new country, healthcare system, etc...

    So you don't have a set contract length? You just registered with 2 agencies in hopes of filling your schedule with enough shifts? Which agencies did you go with and do you like them? What paperwork do you need for public hospitals? What's the most challenging aspect of transitioning to nursing in Aus?....sorry for the 20 questions...

    But seeing how I'm sure to be in your shoes in a few short months...I'm all ears (eyes? haha) if you need to vent. Feel free to message me privately and I'm happy to send you my email address.

    Good luck!!!


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