Downers: Agencies are not supposed to take on nurses from overseas that have not worked in Australian health system.
Do you realise how different it is over here, doc orders are apparently different we work on 2/24 4/24 8/24 etc etc for
ivs. Rns are expected to change and run ivs through pumps -no iv specialist teams. Rns in most hospitals are just that - do everything, usually there can be lifting teams and thats about it in big hospitals, no other teams to help RNs do all the basic care some bigger hospitals have brought in nursing assistants.
Medications have all different names here, ordered as BD TDS, nocte, mane, daily - do not know if this is different.
Panadol and morphine I know are different names and so are all hypertensives cardio vascular drugs the only thing same is insulin. BGL's are hypos 3.5mmol/L hypers are 15mmol/L. HbA1c we aim at 7%.
Melbourne is not the place to approach hospitals for sponsorships, as the bridging courses for nurses from ESL countries are mostly in Melbourne and have flooded the market. Also many migrant areas have attracted overseas nurses. Though private hospitals may just have some positions. May be lucky for a nursing home but this area I heard has been well supplied with the bridging schools
Uppers: Public hospitals in Sydney seem to be sponsoring and one nurse from the Phillipines reports being sponsored by a big private hospital in Sydney as she was considered a midwife in the Phillipines but does not qualify here. Hospital has employedher in the maternity ward and is paying for her to do her post grad in mid this year. pm me if you want the hospital name.