A question for Aussie nurses, are coronary care units and high dependency units similar to cardiac telemetry and IMC units in the USA? I work cardic telemetry/IMC and would like to work on a similiar unit in Australia. I currently work on a 36 bed all monitored unit and our patient population includes CHF, chest pain, pre and post op cardiac catheterization, MIs, cardiac arrthymias, pacemaker/AICD placement and post op CABG, value repair and lung transplant from ICU.
Our nurse to patient ratios are 1:4 for tele and 1:3 for IMC and we do have multi functional techs that assist with ADLs and VS.
I am looking at moving to Australia Jan 2013, hopefully Melbourne but also looking at Brisbane and Sydney, but my fear of Sydney is that i will not be able to manage on a nurse's salary looking at the cost of living lol.
Any information on which hospitals to look at and ones to stay away from will be helpful.