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!
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!!