I have been reading a few threads from this site regarding nursing in Australia and the proper steps required for immigrant nurses to practice in Australia. However, the more I read, the more I became confused. Can anyone provide me with the requirements and proper steps in order to meet those requirements for practicing in Australia?
I am an American nurse with a BSN and (currently) 8 months of experience in an ER. I plan on moving somewhere new in the Summer of 2014, so by that time I would have 2 years of experience. I am starting this whole process early to be safe and make sure I get everything done in time. This could also allow me the opportunity to make the move earlier than I have originally planned.
I am wanting to move to a coastal area with nice beaches and an entertaining downtown lifestyle. Melbourne and Sydney seem like places I would enjoy but I know the cost of living is expensive there. What are some other cities I could consider?
Also, what is the pay like for nurses in Australia? And what are hours/week for a typical RN position?