Welcome to the Forum - General Aussie Chat - page 22

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   all_dressed_in_white
    Aw Jessiedog, that post was beautiful.. and you make me want to get into paeds now.. i hope there are more nurses like you.
    Gig grinns and thanks to you for being fantastic.
  2. by   AussieTina
    Quote from Jessiedog
    I'm so excited for you, Tina!! All that hard work does pay off in the end. I pray you get as much out of paediatric nursing as I have done. It became my specialty two years after graduation, and I have loved every minute of it!! Ten years in paediatrics, and there is ALWAYS something new to learn! If you get a chance, I would recommend a post-graduate course in paeds, as it gives you a great grounding, as well as information on paediatric physiology, which IS different to adults which is what most training focuses on. Babies and children have certain physical differences (apart from size!!) that really affect the illnesses they develop and the treatment they recieve. I learned by working on a paediatric ward, but a course would have helped me immeasurably.

    Enjoy all the experiences in front of you, including night shift! Kiss all the babies that need it, and hug all the children you can. Remember that it is every child's right to smile and laugh several times a day, and work this into your nursing day and the rewards are endless!!!
    LOL I had to work a shift on a medical ward last week, much prefer paeds where my patients give me cuddles

    I would like to do a post grad course in paeds, know of any good ones to do? I am hoping to get into paeds fulltime next year, and do a course then. Am also interested in doing mid in the nearish future.

    I LOVE MY JOB :heartbeat
  3. by   nyapa
    Tina, wondered where you had been and I often forget to check this part of the forum out. Isn't it strange how time flies? How long are your rotations there?
    Re: the graduation ceremony. I went because it was the thing to do. Oh, but how I loved it! Mind you, the stage lights blinded me, and I nearly fell off the balcony...
    You enjoy every minute of it. You've earnt it. And I hope you and your mates get together afterwards and celebrate!!!

    Jay
  4. by   nyapa
    Oh, and its great that you are enjoying the job as well. Are you only working in paeds? If not, to where else do you get rotated?
  5. by   AussieTina
    I did one rotation on a ward/in a hospital (I got moved around lots as the ward I was meant to be kept getting closed due to low pt numbers ) that is a non-acute hospital - ie, waiting for nursing home placement, rehab ect.

    Then into the acute hospital.

    One rotation in paeds

    Then one rotation in medical ward, still in the acute hospital

    Great learning experience and great fun

    Better get to work now, before I'm late, hehehe Allnurses is addictive
  6. by   Jessiedog
    Quote from AussieTina
    LOL I had to work a shift on a medical ward last week, much prefer paeds where my patients give me cuddles

    I would like to do a post grad course in paeds, know of any good ones to do? I am hoping to get into paeds fulltime next year, and do a course then. Am also interested in doing mid in the nearish future.

    I LOVE MY JOB :heartbeat
    The one I did several years ago was in Melbourne, at Victoria University out near Sunshine. It required one day attendance per week for two semesters, and I came out with a Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing. Another two semesters and I could have had a Post Grad Dip, but the extra study put me off!! I think the format has changed somewhat, but it would be worth checking out. I really enjoyed the contact with other paediatric nurses, and learned as much from interacting with them as I did from the course. We had one who worked in the Oncology Unit at RCH, and it was wonderful talking with her.
  7. by   sally22
    suzanne4 "If one has two years of work experience, then they do not need the bridge program at all.

    And a red flag should be going up to you if their charges are quite different from what the others are requiring. Bridge expenses are the same as well as visa requirements and expenses; those charges do not change. This is why I am telling you to be more than very careful."

    Please read some of the threads about what is happening in Canada at this time as well.

    Can you comment on this. It is my understanding if the nurse does not have training or experience in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand (Singapore requires IELTS), then a bridging course is necessary. this is what the ANMC told me.

    Suzanne4 was responding to a thread I placed saying I would be eligible for migration subject to my visa conditions as soon as I completed the bridging course if I had 2 years work experience. I am From the Philippines. My research says this is not true and bridging course is necessary.
    Do you know if the bridging courses are different costs in Australia?
    Is the course duration different from state to state?
    Do we need registration before we can apply for immigration Permanent Registration?

    Clarification of these points will be of benefit to all interested in going to Australia.
  8. by   greatshakes
    Hi I don't know if any of you remember me. I was the one who could not get a post grads due to nursing ill husband but finally got job as school nurse which I still love. Last week after being ignored by a Major Health provider for so long i have finally been given a chance by a private hospital to do a part time Operating Theatre rotation and they will teach me everything at my level. My hopsital skills are rusty admittedly and they understood and said they would take it step by step. I could have hugged my interviewer. I know it's going to be tough and there's a lot I'll need to learn but I also think it's also going to be very exciting and stimulating. Besides it's where I want to be. Maybe there was a reason I didn't get the other jobs. When I saw the advert for jobs in theatre I thought, "that's mine" Hopefully now I can achieve my dream. I am not giving up school job thougha and we are working around that. I am still on cloud 9 Any hints for me?
  9. by   Jessiedog
    Quote from hassled
    I am still on cloud 9 Any hints for me?
    What I found, was that if you are willing to do whatever is needed, you'll find most nurses supportive. What can be resented is 'fussiness' or not being a team player. From my experience, most theatre nurses form a close-knit group, because they work in such close proximity for extended hours. Show you are willing to listen and learn, and become a part of the theatre family, and you should go from strength to strength.

    Good luck, my friend, it sounds like God is smiling on you.
  10. by   greatshakes
    Thanks Jessiedog

    First day today and I will be in recovery for a while. I didn't make any boo boos so far and many of the staff seem supportive. Orientation seemed so rushed and I'll probably forget quite a bit due to info overload but I am concentrating on practicing safely. I have found some good hints in OT in the speciality area. Any hints you have too will be appreciated.
  11. by   joannep
    Quote from hassled

    First day today and I will be in recovery for a while. I didn't make any boo boos so far and many of the staff seem supportive. Any hints you have too will be appreciated.
    OR nurses can seem to be clicky, sometimes they probably are but mostly it's because they're not as chatty as other RN's, (it's because they spend their entire days being told by surgeons' to be quiet!) so getting to know them can take effort.

    Recovery & anaesthetic RN's are more chatty.

    My best suggestion for you is to always remember that if you do make a mistake, each mistake you make you learn from, and you won't make that mistake again.

    It can be a high stress area to work in but remember to have fun.
  12. by   Aelith
    Hi! I'm not really an Aussie but I'm new here and thought I'd just say HELLO to everyone

    And I just noticed.. how come most of the nurses here are from Queensland and almost none from NSW? I will be relocating to Australia and planning to study in Sydney and work there too but now I'm having second thoughts if Sydney is a better place to practice and study than Queensland.. Btw, Queensland is my second choice but now I'm confused LOL..

    Anyway, can't wait to be there! I heard Australia's really nice and homey.. :wink2:
  13. by   sunnie16
    Hey everyone! Thought I would stop in and say hi to all my fellow Aussie nurses I am an EEN in QLD and I'm currently working on my RNs. I joined allnurses a while ago but haven't had much time to get on here and do much... but it is a great site! with some great people! I'm excited about being part of the nurses blogging community.

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