My girlfriend and I will be graduating next year from our BSCN program in Canada and would like to move to Australia permanantly upon passing our RN examination. She has travelled to Australia in the past and felt Melbourne would be an ideal place to stay, however, that could change.
In our area we have annual job fairs, however, we missed the past one and have to wait till next February for the next. Until that time, I must research to find out all my questions
Here's where I'm hoping to have all of your input.
I've been to numerous websites that are seeking Nurses in Australia, but the information if very limited. Is there a specific website that would ideal to start off with to get a basic information about Nursing in Australia?
More so, I'm hoping to find information in regards to salary, signing bonus, incentives etc...
Hopefully someone could begin to shed some light on my endeavors.
Mar 25, '05
Hi Steve - welcome to allnurses Australia! Have you checked out the sticky of this forum? It has quite lot of information about living in working in Australia that might halp to kick things off.
Although wages and conditions vary from state to state (and territory), they are the same at all public hospitals within each state. Since the introduction of the nurse: patient ratio, signing bonus (which were small to start with) seem to have vanished from the ads in my hospital - not sure what it's like elsewhere.
There are good hospitals everywhere, and it doesn't sound like you guys are ready to specialise, so it might be easier to look at location (ie state) first and then specific hospitals. Just a thought
PS It's been said before on this forum, and cannot be stressed enough - stay away from remote/rural nursing
. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome work and really good money, but you need to have a chunk of experience under your belt.
Last edit by talaxandra on Mar 26, '05
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