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    My experience getting an Australian License as a US nurse

    Which hospitals are sponsoring in NSW?
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    US RN new to Australian nursing

    Thank you all for the responses and the insights that you've shed light to. I have a better understanding of how many things work now. I will try my best when it comes to job hunting, and have been given hope that it's not all bad! I'll be coming on a working holiday in hopes for PR next year. Thank you so much again!
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    US RN new to Australian nursing

    Hello fellow Australian nurses and student nurses! I've heaps of questions that I want to ask. I am a US-educated RN and currently have AHPRA registration as a division 1 RN, which in my registration certificate says from 31JAN18 to 31MAY18. I also have my ANMAC being assessed at the moment. 1.) Do I need to complete 5+ hours or 10+ hours for CPD since my registrations was from 31 of Jan? I'm trying to catch up with my CPD hours before I pay for renewal May 1st. Any CPD sites or organizations that you can recommend to me that I may get started? 2.) I'm still waiting for my actually AHPRA certificate of registration that was supposed to come in the mail. AHPRA said that they would mail my hard copy of my registration certificate when I appreared at the AHPRA office to show proof of identity, however that was over 7 weeks ago and now reaching 8 weeks. I still havent received anything, so how would I explain this situation and who would I need to contact to have this sent again? I'm lost because I emailed the AHPRA office in VIC and they said they didn't deal with those issues. I'm also currently living overseas. I used my friend's address to have my registration certificate mailed to, but she said nothing has arrived yet. I'm planning on doing my working holiday visa scheme in Australia next year 2019, and wanted to demystify some of these concepts that I came across and are new to me when I was doing to researching over nursing in Australia. My situation is also different in that I left nursing and currenly working in a non-working position. I am currently serving in the military working something completely different than nursing roles as an enlisted, not officer/nurse corps. The last time I had nursing experience was back in 2015. I started off straight in ICU for 6-7 months after graduation, and in a community/public health setting from then on casually on and off until 2015 when I enlisted in the military. I leave the military next year and plan on going back to nursing in 2019. Since I don't have recent, current, and less than a year's experience, I'm thinking of being a new graduate again. I understand that the job market isn't good for new grads in Australia. 4.) Why isn't it good? I don't plan on going into saturated and competitive places that have hospital graduate programs. I don't have roots in Australia, so I am WILLING to go ANYWHERE in Australia, even rural, regional, and remote hospitals or clinical settings. 5.) How is the competition in rural, regional and remote areas? 6.) Would new grads be able to enter a specialty like ICU or ER? Because I started in a busy university teaching hospital's trama center ICU, I was wondering if I can jump into an ICU position as a new grad in Australia (pending that it isn't in a competitive area)? 7.) How are new grads getting jobs nowadays? 8.) I understand that new grad programs in hospitals prefer their locals first before national and international, but I was wondering howare new grad programs structured in 12 months? Would the trainee be paired up with a preceptor the whole time during the orientation phase and program? From some international nurses that I interacted with and whom wanted to gain permanent residency status and were seeking sponsorship, which I would like to gain eventually as well, they told me about agencies and angency nursing. 9.) Don't you need to have experience before applying to agencies? At least here in the US, agencies are used for travel nurses with experience. 10.) Do agencies take new grads as well? 11.) How would it work with new grad placements if they did take new grads? 12.) What is agency nursing anywhere in Australia? 13.) How does Agency nursing work? Would be bounded to a long-term contract? I hear pros and cons about going to an agency. 14.) Why is that? 15.) What are some pros and cons that you can explain about agencies? 16.) How is the pay compared to non-agency and how are the hours? 17.) What is casual work? Since I'm going on a working holiday visa, I'm only able to work with one employer for a maximum of 6 months, which is why I can see why Irish and UK RNs do a lot of agency nursing. 18.) What does working casually as an RN mean? 19.) What is practice nursing? Are there any pros and cons to it? To me, it sounds like practice nursing is a regular nurse working. The last few questions that I have pertain to nursing education in Australia. When I was looking for jobs online, I keep seeing things like graduate certificate and graduate diploma in a specialty of nursing. I am interested in doing these as I really want to move to Australia and start my life and settle down there. 20.) Are there graduate programs in intensive/critical care that don't require recent experience? I'd love to go do a graduate program in ICU. 21.) If I want to be a Nurse Practitioner in Australia (or NZ), would I need to have experience in a certain specialty? For example, I don't know if there are NPs in Australian ICUs, but if it did, would I need to have experience in acute care or solely in ICU? 22.) How do Graduate dimplomas work? Do I need to have a graduate certificate first before a diploma? 23.) If I have a bachelor's degree, can't I go for a master's in nursing without getting a certificate or diploma? lol the Australian system confuses me sometimes, but I'm trying to learn how it works in the Australia, because apparently it is working! Aged care. I understand that there are plenty of positions for aged care. Why aren't many new grads going in them though? How would future career prospects look for an RN with gaining aged care experience if they want to go into acute or emergency care settings? How are the hours and pay for aged care? I hear that pay is the same across all RNs depending on the state's mandate regardless of specialty? So how would this tie in with agency's pay then? Lastly, for someone like me in this situation, what would be some of your recommendations in job hunting, location, and prospective permanent residency? Sorry for the long post!!
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    My experience getting an Australian License as a US nurse

    Wow. I'm a US-educated RN and I got my AHPRA easily in 3 months after lodging my application. It was tedious work, but I was able to provide the documents, every single one needed and my registration officer was very specific in what I needed next that I provided from my job and school. I got my BSN school to even send AHPRA that my education was conducted in English! When I got my registration in pending upon showing up to the AHPRA office, I used my friend's address in Melbourne and appeared to the AHPRA in VIC. Sent them my ETA VISA as a US citizen and voi-là ! It was fast. I didn't want to start off with NZ because I needed to do an English exam like IELTS or something like that. But, I'm going to be doing the TTMA though once I'm done with my working holiday visa in Australia, I'll be doing a working holiday in NZ.
  5. Nurse Practitioners, CRNAs, Nurse Midwives, and CNSs are always in demand. Getting a DNP in them will greatly help your career. There are BSN to DNP positions too. If clinical side isn't your thing, I'd suggest teaching in universities as a nurse.
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    Military critical care nursing

    Just spoke to a navy medical recruiter, they said they're always are looking in different areas of nursing which is fine by me. í ½í¸„ doesn't have to be critical care. Thanks
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    Military critical care nursing

    It's not all the same thing because never have I ever been charged with article 15 of the ucmj. My articles charged were 92 and 107. Captain's mast can be a good or bad thing, but anyway, my original comment was intended for anchorRN that's why I got all navy termed.
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    Military critical care nursing

    My BSN is from the US. Accredited by the ccne and all. And I'm laughing about the dying nurse Corps part. I guess the medical recruiters wanted me asap to fill an empty billet stat. The sabbatical program is relatively new. It's for all branches called the career intermission pilot program.
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    Military critical care nursing

    Njp is non judicial punishment. It's not a courts-martial, and where did you get art. 15? I never mentioned that.
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    Military critical care nursing

    May I ask why you left? I'm currently active duty enlisted stationed in Guam with my ship homeported in Guam. I got my BSN did some ICU and public health work and then enlisted as a gunner's mate. I spoke to the naval hospital nurses in the island and they told me that navy nurse Corps is dying for nurses and that me being 27, male and single and no dependents with some experience will be a good fit. I'm nearing the end of my first and last enlistment with no intention of reenlisting but have thought about joining the nurse Corps after doing what I want to do when I leave the navy for say 4-5 years and then possibly come back into nurse Corps. I thought about the sabbatical program too. How likely would I be chosen with an NJP record? I went to captain's mast for 2 ucmj articles lol. Very respectfully, GM3(SW)
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    Any Aussie/Kiwi Nurses in the military?

    Hi, I'd like to know if there are any nurses from Australia/New Zealand currently serving in their respective country's militaries at the moment and what does it take to serve as a nurse in your military?
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    Working Holiday as RN?

    I am about to send my AHPRA applicaiton via mail this week. The revised application did not specify that I had to send in transcripts since I graduated from an English-speaking program in California. I did attach a certified copy of my BSN degree.
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    Nurses on Working Holiday Visa to Australia/New Zealand

    Thanks! Yea, I'm not after the pay whatsoever, but the sense of adventure and trying something new. I'm sending my AHPRA application via mail today and finally collected all documents. Wish me luck, I hear it's a long process. After, I'm thinking about trying the Trans-Tasman Agreement Act for getting an NZ RN registration.
  14. I've met some nurses who aren't Australian on WHVs and have/are currently working in Australia. I'd love to know if there are any of you out there who have/done/will do this and how and share what were your experiences like? Any tips? Advice? Recommendations on jobs and how to get/obtain? Preferences? I understand that we can only work a max of 6 months in Australia, so any of you able to find short term or temp work? I wouldn't mind working a non-nursing job either like pearling. I'm planning to do this in 2 years after I'm done serving in the US military, still 27 at the moment. I have my BSN and RN from California. I looked into starting my AHPRA application too, how long did that take you on average? I have some ICU and Public Health/community experience too. How is the process for being registered in New Zealand (I want to do a working holiday there too after my year in Australia) once you're registered in Australia? I saw that there was some sort of compact thing between the 2 countries. I've been to Australia before and loved it!
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    Guam New Grad RN

    Hi, I was wondering how much does a Guam new grad staff RN I make? I am endorsing my license from California to Guam right now, and have checked out 3 hospitals in Guam. Particularly ICU at GRMC and/or GMHA? I took my NCLEX in Guam for California and passed it. I have a CA license but will they hire me as a Graduate Nurse while in the process of getting a Guam license endorsement while holding a CA license in the meantime? I've seen that both hospitals hire graduate nurses while they wait to take their NCLEX-RN. Thanks in advance!