US-trained nurse looking to migrate to Australia or New Zealand - page 2

by BSNSN

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Hi, I am looking to migrate to Australia and/or New Zealand. The Australian cities I had in mind are Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The New Zealand cities I had in mind are Wellington and Auckland. I graduated this month with... Read More


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    Any nurse coming from the USA is more than over qualified to work in Australia.
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    ^ really? Nursing in Australia is completely different to USA. Different models of care different health service different drugs different roles.
    Shinez and ceridwyn like this.
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    I worked for 15 years in the USA,came here no problem.biggest difference american training is a lot harder, more science driven.american nursing is more thorough in that it is more head to toe disease/condition driven with a lot more supports and less automony
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    I personally think Australian nursing is a lot better.Nurses are less stressed.Patients get free health care here and although we get wingers, American patients I found more demanding.Get em in get em out.Our working conditions are much better here.I work in the public system.We get 6 weeks paid holidays.double/triple time some holidays.one day paid rostered off a month.50/75 percent extra on our base pays working nights,weekends.We work shift work which is a huge difference from the USA.Australian nurses have more autonomy than US nurses and we provide a lot more hands on care.It's less territorial thinking someone's going to take your job.ICU nursing over here we do everything including vents, suctioning/meds.In Australia we draw up most of our drugs and have to know how to calculate, where as where I worked in the US we had Pyxis machines and antibiotics hung on a saline bag.I think US trained Nurses would find preparing meds a challenge, and a lot of the drugs are the same just different name used in the class and doses are less for some drugs.I love working in Australia.I believe our lifestyle, wages, conditions are the best in the world.Education wise we can get a 3 year Bachelor degree for $10,000 but Australian trained BN degree is not recognized as meeting US standards, but our clinical standards rock!!!
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    Hi Julianna.00- I cannot figure out how to PM you but was wondering if you could answer some questions I have about moving to Oz! thanks!
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    Quote from nephron19
    Hi Julianna.00- I cannot figure out how to PM you but was wondering if you could answer some questions I have about moving to Oz! thanks!
    Site requirement to send a pm is 15 or more posts. Maybe post your questions here as it may help others
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    Unemployment in NZ is approaching 7.4% and times are hard for experienced nurses in NZ. I would not recommend coming to NZ. Wages are low and as I said, unemployment is high.
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    I trained in the UK, worked in the US for 20 yrs and have ben working in NZ for 18 mths in ER.
    I actually prefer working in NZ, (even though the pay is crap) but the staffing, way you get treated and working conditions are much better.
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    I live in Australia so these sites may prove useful: Im sure New Zealand has equivalent sites-

    Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Home -for nursing registration information

    australia.gov.au - for immigration information

    Would be beneficial if you could be "sponsored" by a nursing agency or employer-they would organise all of your immigration & registration paperwork.

    Just curious as to why you want to immigrate to Australia or New Zealand?? Maybe a working holiday may give you some idea of what its really like to live in either Australia or New Zealand??

    Best of Luck.....
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    Just an FYI...the clinical hours for foreign nurses going to NZ is quite high. American nurses don't get registered without taking the CAP program in, and the waiting list is currently over 12 months.My OZ registration (Sydney branch) took 4 1/2 weeks to complete from the time they received it. I did it on my own without an agency, and had no problems. Just make sure to read and obtain what they ask for specifically.


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