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Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Hello :)

Does anyone know of any reputable nurse recruiting companies for Canadians who want to work in Australia? I'm finding it so very difficult to find any information on the web. Any info you give me would be so greatly appreiated.

Thank you,

Alisha

DownunderRN

Specializes in Paediatrics, Adolescents, Obstetrics. Has 6 years experience.

My friend who is a Canadian came to Australia with the help of an agency... I will ask her who she used.

Some other agencies you can look at are:

http://www.drakemedox.com.au/default.aspx they help you with the process

or

http://www.nursingaustralia.com/default.htm you do the work yourself BUT then they hire you

I think if you do the work yourself and apply for visa's etc you have a lot more freedom than if you do it through an agency! Yes it can be a little more work on your behalf BUT in the long run I think it works out better for you.

Where are you looking at working in Australia? What experience do you have? How long are you looking at staying?

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Thank you so much for your replies. That helps a lot! I ended up phoning the Immigration Dept. in Australia today to find out more info about working Visas, and found out that I could get a temporary work visa (sponsorship from an employer) and would be able to work there for up to 4 years. The only problem is that I can only work there for 3-6 months. I spoke with an agency today (not one that you had listed) and they told me that most hospitals will want me to stay a minimum of 1 year. I'm going to do more research as I really want to go. I'm 34 so I don't qualify for the working holiday visa. I've been wanting to go there and work for 10 years now, so hopefully it will work out.

I'd like to work in a rural setting somewhere around queensland or NSW. I've been there visiting before and really loved it. I've been working just over 10 years, so I've got some good experience under my belt.

Thanks again so much for your reply DownunderRN, I very much appreciate it!

Are you working in Oz right now? Where abouts and do you like it?

:nurse:

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

try Alliance Nursing agency in Sydney NSW ( Alliance Health Services Group ). I did a 3 month rural placement with them and got loads of PRN work in Sydney with them.

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Thanks Karenmaire :) When you did the 3 month assignment, were you coming from another country and how old were you at the time? Just wondering about the age, because of the different Visas that apply to however old you are.

Thanks again!

DownunderRN

Specializes in Paediatrics, Adolescents, Obstetrics. Has 6 years experience.

If you have a reasonable amount of experience and something to offer the hospital/placement then I think some would consider taking you on short term. A lot of places would like you to commit to a year... BUT there is nothing holding you to that year.

I am actually in Canada working, doing the opposite to you! I came over here in Feb and I have had a hell of time with CRNBC and registration etc, then I finally got it all sorted and couldnt find a job... finally got my foot in the door somewhere as casual and was working heaps and then the work seemed to dwindle so I am heading home!

I still have my job in Melbourne to go back to, I was just on leave without pay for a year! So I am heading back to that, I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adolescent Health at the Paediatric hospital in Melbourne. I will be there until the end of Jan, and I have actually just accepted a position in Townsville where I will be doing my second post grad in Midwifery, so I am looking forward to the change!

If you are looking into rural settings I would start contacting the hospitals directly, I know they often find it hard to get skilled workers in those areas so they may be more willing to sponsor your visa!

If there is anything else I can help you with just let me know!

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Wow, thanks for your advice DownunderRN. Are you still in BC? Whereabouts? Sorry for all the questions, but it's funny because I just moved to BC from Alberta at the beginning of October and I cannot for the life of me find a job anywhere, not even casual. I've applied for atleast 20 jobs in New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver and haven't heard anything. I finally talked to a recruiter from Fraser Health who has been dealing with a lot of my job applications and keeps telling me they are having trouble with contacting one of my references. I talked to that reference and she told me nobody has even called her. I'm completely baffled about what's going on here. I never ever thought I'd have trouble finding a Nursing Job. I'm from New Brunswick which is on the east coast, and I was thinking about going back home to work again, but just as of a few days ago there is now a hiring freeze on which is suppose to last a long time, so now that is why i'm looking overseas. I have a few friends in Australia that I would really love to see and miss being there, so I'm focusing a lot of my energy on trying to get there right now.

If I were to call some of the rural hospitals, what exactly would I say to them and who would I want to talk to, human resources? or a unit manager? I've been in Oncology for 7 years but do have other experience in Med-Surg and a few other areas. I would like to get into Post-natal care. I'm going to go get an international calling card today and try calling some places, but I'm just not sure who to call and what to say. I guess I would ask if they would sponsor me for less than a year? I've never travelled nursed before, so this is new territory..

Thanks so much though for helping me with all this, I so appreciate it. :)

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Oh I forgot to ask you something Downunder. If I don't go through with a recruiting company to work in Australia and do it on my own with a sponsorship Visa, do you know if that means that I have to find my own place to live or does the hospital help you with that? Thanks :)

DownunderRN

Specializes in Paediatrics, Adolescents, Obstetrics. Has 6 years experience.

I am in Kamloops :) I had the same issues getting a job here, I hate dealing with the health authorities and external recruiters, I ended up going to the hospital myself and talking to managers that is how I got the casual job!

If you do go down the path of doing the visa yourself you will have to find accomodation BUT most places even rural have some form of hostel accomodation you could stay in temporarily until you found something more suited!

I would email some managers. A lot of australian hospital websites have contact information for either the managers or HR departments. I find email a really great way to contact especially when you are from overseas!

Travel nursing is amazing, even though I have had a rough time my first go around I would not trade it for the world and I would love to do it again! It is amazing to experience life in another culture and country!

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Good for you for going straight to the managers! I tried doing that on Friday, but all three that I went to talk to were not in the office. Hmm, friday probably wasn't the best day to pick to go speak with a manager. ha ha.

Do you happen to know if I should apply for the Visa now before I even know if I am able to get sponsored? I'm not sure how the process works. I just don't want to leave it and try to make it happen quickly as I can. I was going to go try to read up about it and see what it's all about. I will take your advice and try to find some emails for managers in Australia and message them. I'm so excited, I sure hope it all works out! I haven't been there for 12 years and just fell in love with Byron Bay. I've always wanted to go back. Hope you have enjoyed your stay in Kamloops so far :) Too bad you weren't in my neighbourhood, we could go out for coffee and meet up! I just moved here and it's hard trying to meet new people when you aren't working. I joined a jogging group in my area to try and meet new people, but its so cold out! lol

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Hi again DownunderRN, I've been looking on some websites of hospitals and cannot seem to find any email addresses for managers. Do you have any idea how to go about finding them or who else I should contact? Thanks :) Sorry in advance for all the questions. In the meantime, I'll keep searching.

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

hi there I was 24 and I had been in the country for 6 months when I went to Dunedoo! I had been working for 3 of those months and backpacking for the other 3. i was on a Working Holiday Maker Visa at the time.

DownunderRN

Specializes in Paediatrics, Adolescents, Obstetrics. Has 6 years experience.

No need to apologize for asking questions, I am more than happy to help! I know first hand what it is like moving overseas and trying to find your way around the systems etc, I am sure I would have found it easier if I had some inside info!

Most hospitals should have a careers pages where you can find some contact details on... If you find a job listing that you like or are interested in if you open the job description a lot of them will list who you can contact in order to get more information on the position. In Australia we do jobs a little differently to Canada, each hospital is independant so you are not applying to a health authority but directly to the hospital/HR department.

What towns were you thinking of? I can see if I can help you with some of the digging around on the net as well, as I know the Aussie system really well.

As far as visa's go, I would wait until you hear about sponsorship first as I think you will need a letter of confirmation from your employer in order to finalize your visa.

The other place you can sometime find information on current jobs is seek.com.au, and some recruitment agencies post on there too!

I had dealt with http://www.genevahealth.com.au/ when I had initially looked into the USA as well and I found all my dealings with them were great! They were very helpful and answered lots of questions for me.

This is another recruitment agency I found, their benefits sound amazing: http://www.nurseatcall.com.au/ they offer 2-4year sponsorship (BUT there is no way they could lock you into that... that I am aware of anyway. You always have the right to break your contract!) My friend who came over was sponsored on a 4year visa to Australia and she went home after 11months with no repercussions.

BTW just so you know if you see agency's referring to super/superannuation that is our retirement fund (like CPP), just thought you might wonder what they are meaning cause a lot of them specify that in their benefits.

Also when you are looking at going with an agency you can expect a slightly higher per hour rate of pay, when you look at nursing wages in Australia the hourly rate is less than Canada, however our shift bonuses are better, and that is where you make your money, we also have 6weeks vacation pay if you work fulltime, which is better than Canada.

If you do make it to Australia and find yourself around Northern Queensland let me know!

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

Try emailing the international recruiter for the hospital. that is what I did when I wanted to get a permanent job. But if you just wanted to do a few months I am sure that if you sent an email they could do something maybe banking in a hospital. That is like a pool or in house agency.

eastcoastgal

Specializes in Oncology, Med-Surg, Long Term Care. Has 10 years experience.

Thanks to the both of you for all the advice.

DownunderRN, I made a little headway yesterday. I sent off my resume and cover letter to a recruiter and they are going to have an informal phone interview with me on Monday. I also phoned a nursing manager at The Tweed Hospital, and she told me that most hospitals do want you to stay a year with a 457 Visa, but she told me that if I want to leave early just to break the contract. She said she shouldn't be telling me that, but a lot of people do it apparently. I can't believe she told me that, ha ha. Do you have an email Downunder RN, I will definitely stay in touch if I get to go out there. You've been such a great help. I may have more questions too, lol. I don't know how to PM or if you can on this site or i'd just send you my email.

Thanks again and hope to hear from you soon :)

DownunderRN

Specializes in Paediatrics, Adolescents, Obstetrics. Has 6 years experience.

you can email me at crazysuperstar@hotmail.com that is my junk email and I will give you my real one from there so that my real email does not get flooded with spam from posting it.

Hello,

I'm an Indian RN with PD of 2007 having 11+ years of experience in med -surg. I did complete my NCLEX-RN and registered in michigan state. I was in the process of relocating to US and I couldn't migrate due to visa retrogression in 2006. My papers are in NVC and signed contract with St. John's health system, michigan in 2005.its been a decade I have no contact with my petitioner. Right now I have been interviewed by PassportUSA health carousel &promised to offer a job in USA and start my paperwork in terms of I-140 transfer and visa screen renewal , endorsement of Rn license to where I get offer to work. Kindly provide valuable suggestions as im desperate to move further knowing india's PD as of 2004 .does anyone have any idea about PassportUSA and ever tried through them ?