USA RN to Melbourne!!! - page 3

Hello fellow nurses!!! I'm a USA RN with 1 yr med/surg experience. I already got Australia RN license and passed ANMAC's skill assessment for immigration!!! I'm planning to move to a big city in Australia in this August,... Read More

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    If I have offended you or any Australian then I apologize that was never my intention to offend. Just state my experience, and in some respects your comments only have confirmed what I was saying all along that Americans are not really liked here, and probably because of so much American influence in TV, marketing , ect.
    Of course you should be proud of your Australian culture. I was only stating that it is different at some subtle levels then in the US. Nor would I ever want the litigious nature of the USA that has crippled the American healthcare system ever come to Australia.

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    Quote from nursegirl62
    Have I offended you? I only expressed my experiences here, which were asked for by another nurse coming from the USA. I don't ever recall implying or stating the the USA is better than anywhere.
    As for the car , yep happened right at the St. Kilda Police station and no doubt the Victoria Police have much more important things to do than look for stolen cars. But to find out that I'm not entitled to calling on the police for help well that was a news for me and never was listed on my work visa.
    This is Ceridwyn's husband......every person living, breathing in this state at this moment whether a citizen or visitor, is entitled to police assistance, looking for stolen cars is not part of our work, we may know of stolen car activity in certain areas and may arrange for a 'little' visit.....we rely on people reporting abandoned cars so that we may notify the owners of where the car is located.

    You have been given assistance by having your car put on the national stolen car register and if seen or found more assistance in recovering your car will be given then.

    If this has not been done by the St Kilda police, due to you being told you are not an Australian citizen, not alone a Victorian, I would contact the police complaints department, or even demand to speak to a senior officer at the St Kilda police headquarters.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Jun 21, '11
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    Hi, I have one little question here. What kind of nursing scrubs do you guys wear? I heard that most of Australian hospital let you wear their uniform, so you don't have to buy your own like I do in USA.

    And do you guys wear any skirt uniform??? Just curious!!!
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    It depends on where you go. NSW has a state wide uniform that you have to but from the suppliers. It is a shirt and either skirt or pants whichever you prefer on the wards.

    In Melbourne it varies from hospital to hospital. I know the private hospitals have uniforms. the Royal Melbourne did not have a uniform and most people either wore scrubs of any colour (kiddy prints discouraged) or a shirt/t-shirt with black/ navy pants or a skirt. It often depends on the Nurse unit Manager (NUM). At RMH we are moving to a uniform for nurses again after approx 15 years. It is navy scrubs with the hospital logo embroidered on it. they are bringing in a "corporate" uniform for those who don't want to/can't wear scrubs but the take up is so strong that the company is overworked from supplying the scrubs they don't have time to source the other uniform!

    I moved from Ireland and when I was back packing and working agency I wore a agency t shirt and pants. In Ireland we wore a tunic top and pants with HUGE pockets and I really struggled with loosing scissors, tape, handover sheet etc. An item called a "pickpocket" is really popular here but I hated wearing. so very glad to have the uniform back!
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    nursegirl62 - I wasn't offended by your post; be aware, though, that for the most part Australians are sensitive to criticism on the topic of racism, accurate though it often is, so it's easy to hit a nerve without realising it.

    I also think that many people think, on some level, that being unequal with a dominant culture doesn't count as being -ist, whether that dominance is religious, cultural, racial/ethnic or gendered. So Christians, Americans, whites and men are seen as fairer game than minorities. That's difficult if you happen to be a member of any (or all) of these groups.

    Australia looks in many ways similar to the US, particularly as so much of our popular culture is enfolded with US popular culture. Our cultural roots, though, are British, and that means different social norms. two of my siblings and their Aussie spouses live in the US and have had to be upfront and assertive about their skills and abilities in a way both of them, particularly my brother, have found difficult and confronting. They've all expressed concern that the attitude they're developing to advance in the US will be viewed poorly when they eventually move back home.
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    neeke - my hospital has a non-mandatory uniform. If you wear it the cost of purchase is tax-deductable, and laundry costs are deductable regardless. Scrubs are generally only worn in ED, ICU and theatre.

    ETA: our uniform includes pants and skirt, so you can choose I don't know if the guys get the same choice...
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    Quote from talaxandra
    ETA: our uniform includes pants and skirt, so you can choose I don't know if the guys get the same choice...
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    Quote from nursegirl62
    Have I offended you? I only expressed my experiences here, which were asked for by another nurse coming from the USA. I don't ever recall implying or stating the the USA is better than anywhere.
    As for the car , yep happened right at the St. Kilda Police station and no doubt the Victoria Police have much more important things to do than look for stolen cars. But to find out that I'm not entitled to calling on the police for help well that was a news for me and never was listed on my work visa.
    The police issue should NOT have happened! If you EVER get a reply like that again ask for the constable's name and report them!

    But that aside - I gather from your reply that you felt I was maligning the depth of the knowledge of the USA RN - not so! But I truly doubt that any American nurse in America would be expected to be not only the ONLY health care personnel for hundreds of Kilometres but also the ambulance officer, social worker and all around go to person. The nurse in a place like Bedourie HAS to wear multiple hats and basically be whatever is required
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    In response to the posts regarding Australians as anti-American, I have found that to not be true. I graduated with my ADN in 2009, worked full-time on a home care case, and moved to Australia in 2010. I had no acute care experience, but wanted to get into the hospital system here, and ended up joining an agency because I couldn't get hired by any hospitals with my lack of experience. The first few months were extremely difficult. I was doing new tasks that I had never done before, getting used to new terminology and medication names, etc. But I found the nurses that I worked with to be very understanding, patient, and helpful. Of course there is always one or two people who are the exceptions and just don't have time for you, but you get that anywhere. I have found though that nurses here seem to be trained much better than nurses in the US - at least the ones from my nursing school anyway! lol So anyway, not discounting anyone else's experiences and definitely not saying that everyone here loves Americans, but I have not encountered anyone who really set me off in these 5 months that I have been nursing here. I've also lived here for over a year now and most people think it's actually really interesting that I have moved here, and I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me they liked my accent :P haha. So anyway, there's my two cents on the matter!

    -Sarah
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    The issue of racism was brought up on this thread and I would like to some additional insight. I am a Black American nurse considering a job position in Australia. I have already had some negative experiences working as a nurse abroad and am cautioned by the potentiality of this. Any advice? Thank you.


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