American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 7

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  bittybritty} profile page
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    gr9153-

    I just received my approval from AHPRA a couple of weeks ago. I think I may have gone overboard, but I heard the more info you send them the greater chance of being approved. My background is that I'm an ADN RN with almost 2 years of ICU experience.

    I had a couple of meetings with my dean and we came up with a table with the following columns. I included all of my courses- not just nursing core curriculum. I heard including absences was key- but my dean was very understanding and knew that I was a good student so we just said zero for each. The calculation we used was the same one that our nursing school uses for calculating minimum hours for the state.

    Course Course Title Grade Semester Units Theory
    Hours Completed
    Science Lab Hours Completed Clinical Facility Description of Clinical Facility Absences

    For each theory hour we did 1x (# of semester units)x 18. For each clinical hour it was 3x(# of semester units) x 18. For science lab we used the same equation for clinical hours.

    I also included copies of every nursing core class syllabus. Most of these I still had, but the couple that I didn't my dean provided. She also wrote me a very kind letter emphasizing all of our accreditation and went over how in the US one receives their RN license.

    I hope this helps. Best of luck!

    Oh and be sure to follow their notarizing instructions exactly.

    Britt
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  3. Visit  nephron19} profile page
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    Wow, this thread is so informative!

    I am an RN with 3 years of med/surg/stepdown experience. I would like to relocate to either Sydney or Melbourne sometime in 2013. This process seems really intense, I am a bit overwhelmed. I'm researching everything right now and from the sounds of it I should start with my AHPRA application.

    I'm sure I will have lots of questions as I get started on this process but I'm glad I've found over people who are trying to figure this all out!
  4. Visit  esperanzaRN14} profile page
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    At nephron19:
    i just mailed out my application last week. it is very overwhelming to gather all the information they need, but dont feel discouraged. it is possible to get it all done, it just takes time. i also found this thread to be the most helpful. feel free to let us know if you have any other questions we can help you out with. good luck!!
    jjaros00 and lilly1980 like this.
  5. Visit  britgirl} profile page
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    how is it going, did you find any decent agencies and do they supply accommadation ?
  6. Visit  Yee213} profile page
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    Hi,

    So glad to hear that some nurses got their approval from AHPRA.

    I got a job interview next week in one of the hospitals in SYdney. I'm so excited. At the same time a little bit nervous :P I want to know a little bit mroe about nursing job interview here in Australia. Will they give me a clinical scenario and ask what would I do in that situation? I don't know how should I prepare for this interview. Introduce myself, tell them about my experience, why I choose this hospital???......Sorry I have too many questions, this is the first time I have a job interview here, I want to be well prepared. :P
    Thank you!!!
  7. Visit  Yee213} profile page
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    Re: Bringonthenight
    Things are getting better! Thank you! I'm still interested in moving up to Brisbane. I've been checking the Queensland health website but from that I found out there are not many job openings in Brisbane's public hospitals. I will keep looking. I got a job interview next Wednesday in one of the public hospitals in Sydney. any advice on Rn job interviews in Australia??

    I will keep you posted. Even if I don't end up moving to Brisbane, I will still go visit. I heard it's really nice during summer in Brisbane
  8. Visit  Mopples} profile page
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    Tips for the interviews: think of your personal and professional skills that you bring to the role. Remember infection control, oh & s. with your answers state what you would do and how you would follow it up. They were tips given to me when I was going through my interviews this year.
  9. Visit  Bringonthenight} profile page
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    Quote from Yee213
    Re: Bringonthenight
    Things are getting better! Thank you! I'm still interested in moving up to Brisbane. I've been checking the Queensland health website but from that I found out there are not many job openings in Brisbane's public hospitals. I will keep looking. I got a job interview next Wednesday in one of the public hospitals in Sydney. any advice on Rn job interviews in Australia??

    I will keep you posted. Even if I don't end up moving to Brisbane, I will still go visit. I heard it's really nice during summer in Brisbane
    Great work keep it up. Queensland health is hard to get into at the moment. Keep me updated!

    Tips would be to really let them know how good you are at infection control and patient safety.
  10. Visit  lilly1980} profile page
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    hey britgirl,

    the agency that has been most helpful for me is HCA (heathcare australia), they are nation wide so if you plan on traveling within the country, they can easily transfer your status and competencies over. (or at least that's what they tell me, i'm still in los angeles, but leaving in 3 weeks!!) they have also been very helpful in providing info for making the move, bank info, rental websites, tax information, etc...

    it was very hard to find any short term contracts in the big cities, ex. mebourne, sydney, and this means no accommodations either. from my research, it seems that the travel assignments with housing (more typical of US travel assignments) are more for the really rural areas like in the outback. so i am signed on with 2 agencies for work in melbourne, and hopefully that should cover my shifts.

    hope this helps!
  11. Visit  Bringonthenight} profile page
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    Quote from lilly1980
    hey britgirl,

    the agency that has been most helpful for me is HCA (heathcare australia), they are nation wide so if you plan on traveling within the country, they can easily transfer your status and competencies over. (or at least that's what they tell me, i'm still in los angeles, but leaving in 3 weeks!!) they have also been very helpful in providing info for making the move, bank info, rental websites, tax information, etc...

    it was very hard to find any short term contracts in the big cities, ex. mebourne, sydney, and this means no accommodations either. from my research, it seems that the travel assignments with housing (more typical of US travel assignments) are more for the really rural areas like in the outback. so i am signed on with 2 agencies for work in melbourne, and hopefully that should cover my shifts.

    hope this helps!
    How exciting! Hope you make the transition to Aussie nursing ok. I've worked with a lot of nurses who choose HCA and they all seem to like it.
  12. Visit  Yee213} profile page
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    I'm with HCA (healthcare Australia)! They are really good and very helpful. I signed with 2 nurse agencies when I first came here, but I didn't have a very good experience with Nursing Australia, So now I'm only with HCA.
  13. Visit  jazw} profile page
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    Hey etoile88

    This may be a very late response to your query but I can confirm that generally US nurses are not required to do the bridging program. Having said that it also depends on your individual experience. From my personal experience I can confirm that a lot of the US nurses apply for a working holiday visa (which is not very complicated to apply for) and then sign up with an agency because of the flexible work opportunities available. You get the option to work when you want and take time off for leisure and sightseeing when you want. I can provide you with more details and info. I have previously worked with the immigration department and have an understanding of the process. Feel free to write to me.

    cheers
    jazw
  14. Visit  murphy5001} profile page
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    Hi, I am a US nurse just starting the AHPRA and visa process to got to Australia in the Fall and I have found this thread very helpful! I have worked as a nurse for two years now in public health and in mental health for a year before that. Most of my experience has been in a clinic and not a hospital setting. Can anyone tell me what it is like or public health nurses in Australia and what opportunities might be available? It seem to me that most nurses that have posted on this thread have been hospital focused, but any insight would be great.


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