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  1. Sorry, dont have any info regarding status of accreditation of ETEA. Best for you to inquire directly from them or AHPRA. Best to get the truth from the horse's mouth I suppose. I dont want to give you hearsay information.
  2. They treated me just like a new graduate from Australia. Their new graduate program is designed for new nurses coming to work in the hospital. We have our mentors that will be our nursing buddies. We have competencies to accomplish in different wards of the hospital. We are rotated to all the different departments to help us get the feel of each ward. As the hospital doesnt have an ER, the closest among the departments to my area of previous exposure in the Phils is the critical care unit and cardiac ward. So that's where I have requested to be permanently assigned to. Nurses under this program are full fledged RN's. So, we are paid the same as a level 1 staff nurse. The more experience we have here in Australia and the more post-graduate courses we undertake determines our increase in salary. Incidentally, the collective bargaining agreement of our nursing union is due for renewal next month. That will be an opportunity for another salary increase as well as other non-wage benefits. As I am working in a private hospital, we have slightly different salaries as well as working conditions compared to those working in the public hospitals. So, I can only tell you about the situation specific to my workplace. Hope I have helped you out a bit in your query. :thankya: And by the way, I'm on a Business Long Stay visa (457)
  3. i did my bp with them last oct 2011. quite easy. 2 of us that did our placement in a hospital outside sydney got offered jobs after the bp by the same hospital. there are 6 etea students doing their placement in our hospital right now. all of them got offered jobs under the new grad program after they get their rn license. 3 have accepted the job offers. the rest have other plans of their own. i will be finished with my new grad program this november. the hospital has promised to renew my contract and they will put me in the icu as what i have requested. i have been working here for almost 6 months already and i have no regrets. and the hospital has promised to start processing my pr after 6 months. couldn't ask for more from them. i have even applied for a 2 day study leave end of this month for a short course offered in sydney. the hospital not only paid for my 2 days, they even shouldered my tuition fee.
  4. If you say that your EMT course is Australian accredited, then go for it. I am an ER nurse back home and wanted to work in ER also in Australia. I got offered by one hospital for ER. But they required me to have Advanced Life Support course. I presume EMT and ALS are very similar. Anyway, I got offered to work in the hospital where I did my clinical placement in their new grad program. I took their offer instead because I like the place and the environment. Plus, the place is only about an hour's train ride away from Sydney.
  5. Yup. Public Holidays from Good Friday until Monday. :)
  6. I respectfully beg to disagree. My co-worker opted for an RN conversion program in QL. It's because she is a 2nd courser and she took her BS Nursing in the Philippines for only 2 years. AHPRA requires your BSN to be at least 3 years. RN Conversion Program - Pros : - No AHPRA LOE required by Uni - No IELTS of 7 in all bands initially required. (Will only be required when you submit your papers to AHPRA for registration after the course) - No work experience required. - Can work part time because it requires student visa Cons - Definitely more expensive than BP - 1 year course- (My friend started her program in March last year & ended in Nov) What bobby123 might be referring to is the RN Graduate Program which is a conversion course for Aussies who have Bachelor's Degree in other fields.
  7. I'm sorry. but based on experience, you dont get higher pay as RN even though you have cert in aged care. the only difference in RN pay is whether you have extensive previous work experience as RN or that you are going to be hired to work in a hospital or nursing home. hospitals pay more than nursing homes especially for new grads like us.
  8. We were 42 in our batch. There were only 13 Pinoys. The rest were from India. Anyway, the theory lasted for 3 weeks and they were basics of nursing. The only thing added were the Regulations and Policies of nursing in Australia. After the 3 week lecture, we were assigned to different hospitals and nursing homes all over Australia for 5 weeks. I was fortunate to be assigned in Central Coast of NSW which was only an hour's train ride away from Sydney. The others were assigned to remote rural areas. The clinical placement was nothing new except for some machines which I was not familiar with. Then we fly back to Melbourne for 1 more week to wrap things up and submit the essays. Of the 42 students, only about 5 people I think didn't make the early exit. The rest of us did. The 5 were all from India. It's their English competency that was usually lacking. All in all, I am glad I went to ETEA. Except for the price, I wouldn't mind recommending it to my friends for BP. :)
  9. during our time, they require at least one year work experience. i dont know now though. i really dont know about when is the best time for immunizations though. i came prepared because i had them already way before when i was applying for NZ. And besides, my hospital really didnt bother checking our immunizations nor my police check. the police check is required by the embassy though.
  10. i certainly do. it's just walking distance from the school. i stayed there. and the landlady is quite nice. her house is very neat and clean. and she has a preference for filipinos.
  11. To those people going to IHNA or have gone to IHNA for their BP, A colleague of mine back home is telling me that IHNA will accept students who haven't gotten the AHPRA LOE. She failed her IELTS test in writing and speaking. She even asked for referrals for homestays near IHNA. How could that be? Before I got my LOE from AHPRA and went to ETEA, I did get a slot from VCHN (old name of IHNA). They conducted a phone interview which I obviously passed. But my acceptance to their bp was pre-conditioned on the final release of my LOE before I can start. But by the time I got my LOE, all their intakes for the year have already been filled. That's why I applied and got in to ETEA.
  12. you get an email of your 456 visa with a very detailed information about the conditions and limitations.
  13. I think what he is referring to is an RN conversion course if I'm not mistaken. These courses can be taken without the Letter of Eligibility (LOE) from AHPRA. But do not misconstrue this that you will automatically become an RN after the course. You still have to go through applying for registration with AHPRA. And you still have to submit to an IELTS test requirement. This is what my Pinay workmate went through. They submitted all their documents to AHPRA after the course including the IELTS. The only advantage is you will not anymore be required to submit proof of work experience back home (Please someone, feel free to correct me on this if I'm wrong).
  14. It used to be easier to apply before with zero experience. My niece who came here 2010 was able to apply with NBV (pre-cursor to AHPRA) with zero experience. She was able to get in ACFE in Sept of that year. Job hunting wise, she got hired by a nursing home as a new graduate nurse. Now, she has just been promoted and got a hefty pay raise on her 2nd year. But that was definitely before. I got my LOE last July. I had about 21 months work experience back home. Got accepted by ETEA the following month. Got offered a job by the same hospital where I did my clinical placement. I just finished my 1st month with my employer and I am loving it here. But among 13 Filipinos in my batch from ETEA, there still are about half that still haven't found work as RN. I don't know if it's just luck or perseverance and patience. But I have a Filipina workmate right now that went through the 1 year RN conversion route in QL last year. She took this option because she had limited work experience back home (I think 8 months only). But she still got hired immediately after her course by my employer. In short, you will never know the outcome. It can be a combination of a lot of factors including luck. Although, I strongly believe that having a more extensive work experience back home definitely is a big plus. But so is having a very good command of the English language (both written and oral). The RN labor market here has definitely become very competitive. This is especially so in Victoria where most of the BP schools are based. Here in NSW, there still are a lot of job placements for RN's with work experience. In the end, it's all up to you. If you have money to burn and willing to take the risk, you should go ahead and try. It will definitely be all worth it once you start working.
  15. I enrolled last Aug and paid Aus $11,900 (This amt was stated on the application form). But some of my classmates paid 14k. Some also 16k. I guess it's the law of supply and demand. Huge demand now I guess.