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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. by   AussieTina
    Hello and to Allnurses Milkyoz


    and the wage thing is cause Queensland is the better state
  2. by   bethem
    I have an issue I think we all need to get fired up about!

    You have probably read threads from our US counterparts about Advanced Practice Nursing and Nurse Practitioners. They've had them since the 60s.

    Our Nurse Practitioner (NP) legislation came into effect almost 10 years ago, but we are nowhere near the level of the US for NPs and other APNs.

    One thing holding us back is the fact that while our NPs can prescribe from a limited formulary, they don't have access to the PBS. That means that a patient who fronts up to the chemist with a prescription from a nurse practitioner has to pay the full price for the drug. Would you go to a NP, knowing that your $4.50 prescription from the doctor will cost you $30 from the NP? You might get 'better', more holistic care from the NP, but money talks.
    Also, a hospital has to pay the full price for drugs that NPs prescribe. That means that hospitals funding NPs have to pay more - which may mean fewer hospitals are able to support a NP.

    I only found out about this through post-grad study, and even then it was accidental that I came across the information. It's not a secret, but it's not well known. A very highly educated and experienced nurse (M. Nurs (Adv Prac), CNE, ICU nurse for 20 years, Air Force nursing experience) was also unaware of this, despite wanting to pursue NP registration.

    I'm going to write to the NSWNA, but I think more of us need to be aware of this. It may be near impossible to take on the AMA and the PBS, but we need to try!
  3. by   qldRN4573
    Hey Bethem.. Yeah you're right.. we do need to get fired up about that. It's as if they (Male-led authorities) gave us the right to be an NP and prescribe, but kept the loop-hole of non PBS scripting so that we still "know our place". It's pretty discriminatory..
    Last edit by qldRN4573 on Jun 17, '07
  4. by   bassandtea
    Just wanted to drop in and say Hi. I'm currently working towards making a career change to nursing and hope to start studying next year.
  5. by   milkyoz
    Bassandtea.... i hope you enjoy your career change....heres an update...i left aged care to work at the local hospital as an on call casual...getting plenty of work and experience which is good...loving every minute of it....:spin:
  6. by   s1716698
    Go the Hawks, what a team premiers in 2007
  7. by   flying star
    hi! im from the philippines..i hope someone can help me with my concern..i recently applied in the nurses midwifery board in nsw..i hired a lawyer to fix my papers..i got a letter of eligibility for registration to be submitted to the college of nursing just last june of this year..applications for the assessment is already closed and will be open if not this nov, probably january next year..my lawyer said im in a waiting list and if someone backs out at the college of nursing, they will give me slot..though im still 14th in the waitlist..anyway, my concern is..are all overseas qualified nurses who doesnt have work experience have to undergo that process? i mean to be assessed first by the college of nursing before they become registered nurses in australia?
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    All foreign nurses have to have their transcripts assessed doesn't matter which country you are going to and if the country requires you to take an exam then you have to do that also. Some also require a bridging program. I would suggest having a read through some of the threads on here as a few foreign nurses have posted recently. I have also read of some hospitals do grad nurse positions for new graduate nurses
  9. by   Sabby_NC
    Hi to other Aussies out there.
    I miss Tasmania very much but am so at home in the USA.
    Living in North Carolina at the present time, moved from Virginia over a year ago now.
    My hubby and I still desire to retire in Tassie. We are hoping to purchase the house we both love by next year when it comes on the market. Got the word the present owners are retiring into a retirement village. Pray the house is soon to be ours LOL
    Waving at all my fellow collegues in Aussieville. Aussie Aussie Aussie
  10. by   cultuslakenurse
    A note to Silver Dragon...Yes overseas nurses have to have their transcript checked but if you are from an English speaking country (like Canada where I am from) and you are coming on a 457 long stay business visa and being sponsored by Queensland Health (like I am) you only need to have your transcripts and a million other forms looked at by Queensland Nursing Council in the state of Queensland. I have been here 8 months and love it. I will be applying for permanent residency and that is the time they have to look at your skills assessment at ANMC (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council) in Canberra and send a dertmination to Immigration. I am really enjoying my time in Australia and everyone is so great, so for all of you waiting and thinking it is such a long process, as I was last year and moaning to everyone on this chat board, it is a long process but well worth it!! Jo.
  11. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from cultuslakenurse
    A note to Silver Dragon...Yes overseas nurses have to have their transcript checked but if you are from an English speaking country (like Canada where I am from) and you are coming on a 457 long stay business visa and being sponsored by Queensland Health (like I am) you only need to have your transcripts and a million other forms looked at by Queensland Nursing Council in the state of Queensland. I have been here 8 months and love it. I will be applying for permanent residency and that is the time they have to look at your skills assessment at ANMC (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council) in Canberra and send a dertmination to Immigration. I am really enjoying my time in Australia and everyone is so great, so for all of you waiting and thinking it is such a long process, as I was last year and moaning to everyone on this chat board, it is a long process but well worth it!! Jo.
    I am sure some recent changes have occurred as I have seen threads on another website that I go on where the nurses section is mainly UK to Australia and they are now talking about having to take IELTS which is also a requirement for the UK even if from a English speaking country.

    Glad you are enjoying yourself
  12. by   SpudsMomGuinea
    Hows this for my first post??

    I'm an EN in training, here in Tas. Have literally started from the bottom in the medical field in the kitchens of major Aussie hospitals. Gained chances and opportunities to move into administration, personnel, staff education {loved that} and also pharmacy.

    I took time off from the last phase of my field {aged care community agency} to have my beautiful baby boy. When I returned to work, {two years later} I found the 'thrill' to be out in the community wasn't there, and after horrid facilty experiences I swore I'd never go back to that. I was lucky to be shortlisted for EN and now here I am wondering if it {the teachings} will ever 'click' into place.

    I hope to use EN as a shortcut into UTas towards Bachelors of Health Sciences... towards education and educating - just don't know where to specialise yet... but I have five years at least to decide that. LOL

    Just wanted to say, thank heaves I've found a source of guidance and assistance... I'll be looking out for clues, tips and handy hints always.
  13. by   princenina
    Hi from a retired Tasmanian still here. Living now at Murdunna, just past Dunalley on the Tasman Peninsular.
    Real Estate is almost affordable so hope you get your house of dreams.
    Where are you coming home too?
    Health remains chaotic... gotta love politicians ...
    I am an LGH extrainee... how about you.
    cheers
    Wendy
    Quote from Sabby_NC
    Hi to other Aussies out there.
    I miss Tasmania very much but am so at home in the USA.
    Living in North Carolina at the present time, moved from Virginia over a year ago now.
    My hubby and I still desire to retire in Tassie. We are hoping to purchase the house we both love by next year when it comes on the market. Got the word the present owners are retiring into a retirement village. Pray the house is soon to be ours LOL
    Waving at all my fellow collegues in Aussieville. Aussie Aussie Aussie

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