Transition to specialty practice courses.

  1. I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience of bridging programs into icu/nicu/other acute areas.

    I'd love to come to Oz on a temporary visa, and it'd be excellent if I could find a job that would kick start a career in either icu or nicu. Two birds with one stone kind of thing. However post-graduate courses seem to have steep international student fees.

    Does anyone know if people accepted to introduction to speciality practice courses are expected to only do these in view of long-term employment within that orgranisation or commitment to completing post-graduate studies? Or are they happy to let people work there for the 4-6 months or so that the programs are offered for and then go elsewhere to find employment.

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  3. by   ceridwyn
    Transition programs are designed for those who have recently finished their graduate nurse programs. It is a second year to the first grad year.

    They were designed to give nurses new to the profession supportive Practise into a specialty.
    And hopefully they stay and do go on to become extremely proficient and better still do post grad in this area.
    So in answer to your question, the hospital is hoping for the nurse to stay on.
    They are very popular so coming from overseas you would be competing with locals.
    Also you would need 1 year experience at least.
    I am guessing you are from the us of. A, hope you have your bachelor's if you have no experience. Have heard from an American nurse who tried lately with adn and no experience was made Enrolled nurse.
  4. by   Sun*shine
    Thank you for your reply Right I didn't realise they were designed for people finishing their graduate programs. It makes sense that they'd be very popular courses and only offered to people willing to stay on.

    I'm from the UK, I've graduated with my BSc Adult Nursing and have 18 months post-grad experience in surgical and acute stroke nursing. I wouldn't mind using this experience to find a similar job in Oz, but I'm very determined to go into a nicu/icu career and I'd soooo ready for a change in terms of job area and location. But then from what I've read up on the nursing opportunities and work standards in Oz are greater in Oz than here, so either way I'd be a winner =]

    Graduate Nurse programs and transition programs just don't exist here, wish I'd trained in Oz!
  5. by   talaxandra
    If you were looking for a mid-term move to Australia (say a couple of years) you might be in luck; otherwise it's just not worth the hospital's while to train you up only for you to move on.

    I know our ICU has a high turnover, in part because it's so big but also because (as I'm sure you already know) not everyone's cut out for the reality of ICU, so though there are lots of early career nurses interested there's also a steady demand.

    There's also a lot of support - several of my colleagues from the ward have moved to ICU, where they get a preceptor, education support, and regular feedback meetings. However there's also a high expectation of doing a post-grad specialty course, while continuing to work.

    Or are they happy to let people work there for the 4-6 months or so that the programs are offered for and then go elsewhere to find employment.
    Where were you thinking of going - back to the UK, or elsewhere in Australia?
  6. by   Mcadamia
    Answer - Queensland (OK so I am a Queensland nut - that is why I chose Mcadamia as a name)

    But not to put the other states down but Queensland has a whole swathe of "transition to practice" programs designed to take the new beginner in a speciality area through to competence. The transition programs are free to Qld health employees and are worth half a graduate certificate (which is a saving of around $2000)
  7. by   Sun*shine
    Actually Queensland is top of my list!! But anywhere where the rugby is good will do I love how Oz seems to welcome international nurses with open arms. If I'm going all that way then then I'd be willing to stay for a few years, particulary when the opportunities there are greater than here. It's surprising that they'd take internationals with no experience into that area. I've done placements in icu so I know it's where I belong, but like I say I've got no post-graduate experience there. What hospital do you work in Talaxandra, and do you have internationals who work in your unit? I'm still working the uk at the moment.
  8. by   talaxandra
    I'm in Melbourne - I don't work in ICU but several friends and former colleagues do (sorry, that was a little unclear in my post). I'd be surprised if the department wasn't as multicultural as the rest of the place but I'll ask a couple of ICU-ites if thay have any su