Welcome to the Forum - General Aussie Chat - page 5

Having been guilty myself of hijacking threads saying hello and just chatting to my fellow Aussies I thought it might be worthwhile for us to have a thread that is just dedicated to general Aussie... Read More

  1. Visit  talaxandra profile page
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    I feel ashamed to be Australian. I know people always say this when this kind of thing happens, but I can't believe that Australians are involved in race riots. I just... speechless
  2. Visit  wam79 profile page
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    I don't post often ,but I do check in a lot to read the posts.
    I will be moving to Adelaide in Feb. I want to thank the Aussie nurses for all the help and advice I have obtained here. (esp. Grace , Gwenith and Talaxandra)
    Wishing all Happy Holidays.

    Bill
  3. Visit  Adel profile page
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    Quote from talaxandra
    I feel ashamed to be Australian. I know people always say this when this kind of thing happens, but I can't believe that Australians are involved in race riots. I just... speechless
    I would never say I'm ashamed to be Australian. It should never have gotton out of hand like that. But believe me, my sister and her husband live at Cronulla and there's a lot more to it then the media are showing.

    On a happier note hope everyone has a great Christmas and all your Christmas wishes come true.
  4. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    sending christmas greetings to everyone!
    hope you all enjoy your celebrations.
    i'm experiencing a rather dreadful time with ? pertussis ? asthma ?chest infection ????? they don't seem to really know! :-(
    ended up in emerg on monday hooked up to oxygen! seeing a respiritory bloke tomorrow. hoping for a "cure!" .... quick!
    have been battling this for about 6-8 weeks now! :-( not nice
    anyway..... enough whining!
    merry christmas and happy new year to all!
  5. Visit  Adel profile page
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    Merry Christmas to you too Grace and I hope you're feeling better soon.
  6. Visit  talaxandra profile page
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    Oh Grace, I'm so sorry to hear that - I hope you're feeling 100% soon.
    xo T
  7. Visit  gwenith profile page
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    Merry Christmas Grace - sorry to hear you are not well hope you get better soon!!
  8. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    Thanks friends. Hope you enjoyed a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
    Well, who would've believed it ..... I got diagnosed with Gastric Reflux!!!!
    It appears, the reflux triggers the asthma! I've been on a sharp learning curve since learning this bit of news. Combined with a post nasal drip, the GR is what's been making me so crook! I'm such a dumbass, I NEVER even thought I might have GR! Totally ignored the symptoms! Didn't make ANY connection at all! Amazing!
    It's worth Google-ing and researching it. I've certainly been enlightened about this and the connection to it triggering asthma. Either I've long since forgotten, (it IS a long time ago since I did any work in that field!), or, I've just never known of this. Unreal!
    Anyway.... I'm on meds now and doing all the right things to help alleviate the problem. Beginning to "turn the corner", at LAST! THANKBLOODYGOODNESS! It's been a long time being unwell!
    Maybe now, I can get my life back???!!!!!
    Anyway, 'nuff 'bout that!
    Take care, and catch you later!
    Cheers......
  9. Visit  ladybird1292 profile page
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    Quote from talaxandra
    Hi all - I know I'm a few days late on this, but :angryfire - bloody Howard!

    Like gwenith said - on the money as always! - nurses are prepared to take action when it will improve patient care, but are less willing to do so when it's about us. And I get how hard it is - most of us are in nursing at least partly for humanitarian reasons. Knowing that industrial action will cause patients, and our colleagues, hardship is a strong disincentive. Taking action for our patient's benefit is one thing, standing up for our own interests seems to many to fly in the face of the whole raison d'etre of nursing.

    I can make more money more easily doing something other than nursing - I'm still here because I enjoy it and I feel as though I make a difference. But I'm not prepared to do so at the cost of my way of life. Penalties make up an enormous part of my salary, as I remember whenever I take LSL. Take those away, and the extra leave, and the other conditions we've all fought so hard for, and I'm gone.

    I'm conflicted on how affected nurses will be, at least in the short term. Long term, there's no doubt in my mind that we'll lose penalties and other entitlements.

    I predict, though, that there won't be any significant changes until after the next election - the Libs'll turn around and say "See? We told you the ALP were making a mountain out of a mole hill," get re-elected again! Then screw us over.
    Hurray for the voice of reason. I too am extremely concerned about the IR. I have just completed my degree and am about to commence my grad program in January 2006. Until we see ourselves as professionals with the right to pay conditions which reflect the knowledge and responsibilities we take on in our patient care then where will we all end up.

    I love nursing but we all have to live and pay our bills. Who wants to do the hard yakka, night shift, weekends, public holidays, without the compensation of the penalties. Sure if they want to cap our wages, then increase our baseline $10,000 to compensate. We are the frontline and advocates of patient care. It is our responsibility to pick up the medication errors Doctors make..... why aren't we being paid accordingly, we save the government money by preventing lawsuits with our knowledge..... Drug reps get paid $50k - $60K and whose lives are they caring for.... why aren't we worth as much..... let me know what you think....
  10. Visit  cultuslakenurse profile page
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    Quote from simona
    I'm soooo angry :angryfire !!!! my friend is waiting for her registration with QNC and they can't tell her anything. When she sent the application, she was told that it takes 10 working days, but this was 3 weeks ago :uhoh21: , today she was told that it will take at least another 10 days. She has an application with DIMIA for her working visa and they are waiting for the registration to give her the visa. She has a job offer and they are also waiting for the registration , she can't work as a RN if she's only eligible for registration (like other professionals can) she needs that piece of paper. Now her visitor visa expires and she has to go back to Europe and wait there (few days) to get the registration and working visa and then retun to Australia, and this is very expensive .
    HI Simona, any update on how long it took your friend to get her QNC registration? I am playing the waiting game too, they keep asking for more information? Anyone else have any info on this? *I am a Canadian who is looking for a sponsored employer job, but first has to have registration, then the job then the visa...........long process for sure, when you are over 45 yrs.* thanks for listening! Joanne
  11. Visit  Zari.SVN profile page
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    hello first of i'd like to say that i'm a nursing student and will be graduating in october of this year i live in texas (usa) and i am planning/thinking of relocating to australia to work. i will be graduating with an lvn/lpn how are the prospects for me, how lucrative are lpn jobs in australia?
  12. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    Greetings and welcome to the Aussie Forum.
    As an LPN in the USA, your equivalent here in Australia is to work as an Enrolled Nurse. You will find that most Enrolled nurses probably do not perform the same duties you would in the US as an LPN. My understanding is that US LPN's actually perform more/different duties and are higher qualified than the Australian EN. That being said however, you would still only qualify to work here as an EN.
    Hope this helps in your decision making.
    Good luck!
  13. Visit  Zari.SVN profile page
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    Quote from Grace Oz
    Greetings and welcome to the Aussie Forum.
    As an LPN in the USA, your equivalent here in Australia is to work as an Enrolled Nurse. You will find that most Enrolled nurses probably do not perform the same duties you would in the US as an LPN. My understanding is that US LPN's actually perform more/different duties and are higher qualified than the Australian EN. That being said however, you would still only qualify to work here as an EN.
    Hope this helps in your decision making.
    Good luck!
    Are you sure an EN does not mean CNA ? Do you know thje salary or wages for an EN ? An LVN/LPN is a 1 year program with a starting wage of 15.00-17.00 USD

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