I worked in Sydney a few years ago on a 2 year contract and although I really liked the job I quit after 14 months. One big reason for this is I had to do too many nights (only 2-4 a month so not a huge amount but too much for me!). I find it difficult to sleep during the day and get really anxious and depressed on them - I ended up with pneumonia while I was in OZ and I'm pretty sure it was the amount of nights I had to do as I caught it after a set.
Saying all that I liked OZ, have good friends out there and loved the money! I would like to go back again (I'm Scottish) but there's no way I could face night shifts again. Some of the agencies I've contacted said I would have to do them - one said they could try to negotiate shifts with the ward. All the agencies said they only recruited for wards and so nights are a huge possibility.
Was just wondering if any other foreign nurses (ie not Aussies) managed to get sponsored in OZ on day shift only contracts. I'd love to hear some stories!