hey everyone, got busy the past few days so it took me a while to catch up with all the new posts.
@joiemike, thanks for the finance primer. hopefully the currency stays as strong in the next few months/years.
i would understand why they wouldnt want to place foreign trained nurses in ICUs immediately. though there are hospitals here in our country with high tech facilities, i'm sure the setup there is still much different. Perhaps after a couple of months/years exposure one would be more confident in the intensives. After the bridging program, do employers look at your previous work experience here in ph and consider that for actual placements? Or is everyone considered to play in the same level, ie, as entry-level nurses? I'm a bit concerned coz most of my exposure here's been in Pediatrics-ICU/wards. If i start looking for employers, would I be considered for, say, adult MS? Or should I expect some difficulties?
I can see a lot of people are already moving on with their bridging programs/visa applications and medicals. As for me, I'm still waiting to take my IELTS this march, coz mine expired 2 years ago! But it didnt completely go to waste coz I was able to file for a visa screen with it, but since the US is apparently closed, then I'm trying a different route. Also waiting for some other documents, like TOR, RLE/course description, etc...Certficates of employment take a while in our hospital...probably a bit more than a month, coz a lot of people are resigning. I have an old copy, but that was from last year. Would it be a good idea to submit my application to AHPRA with the old COE, once I got all the other school docs and IELTS and just forward a new updated one later? Not to be too excited, but just to get the ball rolling, if you know what I mean? Or would that cause more delay/inconvenience in the future? Thanks and good luck to everyone!