Just a quick question for my aussie colleagues. Does Australia utilize acute care NPs? I am halfway through an ACNP program and in a couple of years my boyfriend and I would like to move to Sydney. If I can't get an ACNP job that might be a problem lol. Although I can always work as an RN or even get a FNP post-master's certificate too.
Aug 16, '12
by ceridwyn Guide
How do nurses become more experienced in the USA than in Stralia?
I am sure all those country and remote area nurses would argue this reasoning and their scope of practice, afterall an RN in the USA with a Doctor at hand and a rural/remote area nurse with no Doctor at hand, there is no comparing. And I am sure they feel just as experienced and just as effective as any nurse with the same amount of years as an RN to their colleagues anywhere in the USA with the same amount of years as RN's.
As for the more populated areas, your reasoning would be that experience:
An Australian nurse working on a med ward full time for 5 years would only equal a RN from USA working on a med ward full time for 1 year in experience.
Its interesting that you pick on the 3 year degree for our Bachelor of Nursing.
When orientation for new grad nurses at most is usually on 1 week and our health outcomes with our population is actually above that of the USA and as an RN we do not have teams that look after IV's the ward RN's have to do that. We do not have respiratory teams that look after ventilated patients the RN does that and there are several other major differences that the RN here in Australia is expected to do, whereas the RN in the USA has many allied health teams that assist in the day to day care of the RN's patients.
It is a different health system for a different culture, there is no need to compare and de value the Australian RN to the RN from the USA.
btw, nurses educated here in Australia have reported being excepted by BONS in the USA, as they consider where they have worked and their experience often if they have the dip in mid and done paeds in their education.
Last edit by ceridwyn on Aug 16, '12