US-trained nurse looking to migrate to Australia or New Zealand - page 4

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. ... Read More

  1. by   kelly434
    It is really difficult to get a job as a RN in NZ at the moment. Only 65% of new grad nurses this year found jobs on a new grad programme. However once you have some experience it is much easyer. To employe a forigen nurse the employer must prove that a NZ nurse isnt capable to filling the role. Hence if you have experince you will be more employable.

    Wellington is a really nice NZ City , Auckland is a city and living there you could be anywhere in the world. I would suggest Wellington is a nice choice.
  2. by   sophea14
    Hi Julianne, Thanks for your info. I'm working to get the Australian nursing license as well but it seem to be very confusing on the application. can you contact me please? my email is
  3. by   jjaros00
    Hi Julianne! Just wondering if you were over in Aus now. How's nursing going there? I'm in the process of getting all the documents AHPRA requires for their licensing...and am feeling a bit overwhelmed honestly!
  4. by   jjaros00
    What's a general timeframe it takes hospitals to place GNP's they've contracted with?
  5. by   jjaros00
    Quote from kellieskorner
    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 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!!!
    Would you say the pay difference in Aus is substantial enough to cover the difference in the cost of living?
  6. by   jjaros00
    Quote from nephron19
    Hi all!

    for anyone out there in Australia on a 462 work holiday visa- what agency did you get your insurance through? I'm blindly searching google... anyone know of cheap and reliable plans? thanks!
    What type of insurance?
  7. by   catjac90
    Thanks julianne.00- This was really helpful! I'm also an RN in PA with ED and peds experience looking to head to Australia maybe in the winter with my Australian bf if I can figure the whole paperwork/license/job thing out! lol I'm just starting to gather all my stuff to transfer my license but am curious about visas- Were the nursing agencies you looked at helpful with visas/sponsorship at all? I want to get the work-holiday visa since its cheaper/faster/might let me get there and scope out the scene but I'm just worried the temporariness of it will make me unhireable. Did there seem to be any concern over this when talking to them? Which visa did you go with/where are you in your job search now? Sorry for the interrogation, I've been researching different companies and will be investigating it myself but just got really excited to see someone with similar background succeeding in this often overwhelming process!! Hope everything's going well for you since this post!
  8. by   K+MgSO4
    Part of the visa requirements is health insurance as you are coming from the US. Australia does not have reciprocal rights so all halthcade has to be paid for. Free Health care is for Australian residents citizens and those form countries such as UK and Ireland that give free healthcare to Australians when they are there.
  9. by   K+MgSO4
    Agencirs will take you on as would casual stafing units or "bank" they employ these sort of people all the time as it is not guaranteed hours. The issue is registration. You need to deal with AHPRA.
  10. by   Grayish
    I agree with aklgap. If you are an American nurse with a Bachelor of Science, you will be overqualied here. You will be unhappy as EVERYTHING needs to be double signed much like LPNs in the states. There is NO autonomy and the doctors have the GOD complex....very archaic. The pay is low and there are very few 12 hour shifts. NZ healthcare is like the USA in the 1920's. I have citizenship here but I won't work as a nurse. I feel that the education system here is pretty bad and essentially nurses do what nurse's aides do in America.
  11. by   isabelle.shapiro22
    Hi Julianne,

    I recently finished my undergraduate degree in psychology at University of Colorado at Boulder and am now looking into applying to either nursing school or a PA program.

    I also lived in Australia for almost 2 years and am trying to find a way to go back and work there in the medical field. After reading your post I would love to chat with you and discuss how you got to where you are and ask you a few questions. This site will unfortunately not let me private message you , but is it possible for you to start a private thread with me?

    Thanks so much in advance,