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  1. 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.
  2. Yup. Public Holidays from Good Friday until Monday. :)
  3. Yup they do. Only the ones that are really bad in English are sent packing. And that's about only 1 or 2 students per batch. Of the 8 of us assigned to this particular hospital, there were at least 2 or 3 that had difficulty both in written and oral English. Our preceptors kept on reminding them to be careful about their documentation especially the nursing progress notes. They keep on interchanging their tenses. What they meant when they've done this particular nursing intervention came across as having not done yet because the verbs they used were in future tenses (hahahahahaha). Although it's hilarious..., it's definitely wrong and won't stand up to scrutiny during investigations. And they don't even understand basic English words much less use them. Anyway, correct me if I'm wrong but AHPRA is soon to make a requirement for those foreign trained nurses that have already been given their license to prove their English speaking and writing capability through the IELTS test (This is only for those who did not go through the IELTS route during the registration process). It might sound unfair to some but it's necessary to ensure and maintain high quality nursing care. Filipinos are fortunate though that our English is good enough and even surpass the minimum score in some IELTS components. Some of us have to just better our English writing skills some more. All it takes is to review, practice, and be conscious of our tenses and grammar which we have learned from primary till high school.
  4. Your friend was right. Emphasis on the "was" I'm afraid. Most (about 99%) of the Indian classmates I had didn't go through the IELTS route. But sad to say, AHPRA stopped this option starting Sept 19 of this year. Only those who had at least 5 years education in US, UK, Canada, Aus, NZ, South Africa are exempted from the test. So, it's only the IELTS for you. Anyway, you can tell the difference between the Filipinos and the other nationalities in our class. Since all (about 99%) of the Pinoys took the IELTS, we were more eloquent in both written and oral English. The other nationalities were difficult to understand and had difficulty understanding written and oral English. This is especially true when we went on clinical duty. The others felt discriminated against by hospital staff and patients. But no Filipinos felt this though. I would surmise it was just their English speaking capability. That said, I encourage you to review, practice, practice, and practice. Then, take the IELTS again asap. As to your plan to submit your application to AHPRA, it's entirely up to you. It does make the process faster to submit your papers while undergoing the IELTS test. But just make sure that you get the required scores soon. Once your papers get assessed, the registration officer will email you to ask for outstanding documents. And you usually are required to submit them in 30 to 60 days time. Although you can ask for an extension from this initial deadline if you give a valid reason. Let's just hope you pass the IELTS in your next try. Cheers!!!
  5. They don't have definite schedules. They open intakes when they have enough students. Try emailing them. That was what I did. And after a week, I got a letter of offer for the next month's intake. :)
  6. Hi aila, You are on the same boat as I am. I just finished my BP last week with ETEA. I have about 2 years work experience in ER. I was fortunate to do my clinical placement in NSW (Sydney) and visit my cousin in Brisbane, QL after the BP. There are lots of job vacancies at present in NSW. There are some in QL also. I didn't bother applying for jobs in Victoria because the job situation here in Melbourne is a bit tight for the moment. The government has been doing budget cuts for the health sector. It really didn't discourage me though because I find Melbourne too cold. Anyway, I have sent on-line applications to at least 20 job vacancies in the government sector. I have also sent job applications to private hospitals. Some employers are picky. They emailed me that they prefer applicants with "very" extensive work experience. Some have also given positive responses initially. But since I applied for jobs even without my license (my school told me that my RN license will be released in 2 to 4 weeks time), they still have to wait until I get it before they could seriously consider me for the job and start processing my visa sponsorship. The thing is, an applicant should not be picky and choose only places that they want to work in. Be prepared to accept job offers in the rural area. One employer is offering me an ER job in a rural area 4 hours away by train from Sydney. I didn't decline the offer initially. As what my cousin advised me...."collect, then select" . I am flying home to my family before the Christmas holidays. I will be staying on until 1st or 2nd week of January. Still haven't booked my return light to Aus though because I still don't know where I will be working. I'm fortunate to have a multiple entry 456 visa so I don't have problems flying back to Aus anytime. By the way, if you really want to work in ER (like me ), you could enroll in Advanced Life Support (ALS) here after the BP. It's just a 2 day course. It could help, because they asked me if I have one. They prefer an Ozzie course though. The one I got is already more than 2 years old . It's really best that RN's like us have some work experience before coming over here. AHPRA requires 3 months but most of the BP schools require at least 1 to 2 year work experience before they consider you for a slot. And employers are looking for extensive work experience also. There are no short cuts. But if some insist, then by all means. Nursing homes can also be an option. Some don't require work experience at all. But I prefer hospitals though. I am a person that gets bored easily. I like the fast-paced environment of the ER or critical areas because time flies so fast when you are busy. I hope to have given you a clearer picture of the job market.
  7. Hi ceridwenRN, I would like to ask for clarification regarding the points system. If for example, I'm going to be applying for an employer sponsored working visa, do I still need the 65 points for my application for PR status? Do I still need to go through ANMC then? I'm kinda confused with this points system thing. I thought this points system is only for those applying for PR directly and independently from abroad without a present job. I'm hoping to be working soon in Sydney and will be looking for a job anywhere in NSW. Can you give me the link from the DIAC website? Thanks.
  8. I'm afraid you will have a hard time finding a BP school that will accept you. They need at least 1 to 2 yrs experience depending in which school. My niece last year was able to enroll with ACFE without work experience but they stopped accepting fresh grads shortly after that. According to my niece, there were some after her that were dropped from the course because they couldn't handle the clinical placement with no work experience at all. Remember that we have to show our competence in RLE. The obstacles are that we have to get used to their system here, their equipment, the supplies, and medications. Oh boy, the medications are all brand names. They rarely use the generic names. And the brands they are using are different from ours back home. I'm not saying you won't be accommodated, but I'm just telling you that your options for BP schools will severely be limited. While applying for registration with AHPRA, why don't you start volunteering to gain some experience? I'm with ETEA for the clinicals now and many of us are placed in hospitals. The hospital environment is fast. You have to constantly be on your toes to immediately absorb what the staff is going to teach you. You are being oriented to a particular ward for one day only. The next day, you will already be on your own. I was put in critical care for my 1st two weeks. Mostly cardiac patients. Good thing I have about 2 yrs ER experience. Used to the fast pace. I like the adrenaline rush of the fast environment. Now, I'm assigned in the surgical ward for another 2 weeks. Slower pace, but doesn't mean no work. Just different duties. You have to show eagerness and "can do" attitude. The best case scenario is the hospital might offer you a job after the placement. The worst case scenario is they will be your "referee" come job hunting time. Very important to have a referral from the clinical placement here so your prospective employer will get an idea of your competence. Anyway, good luck on your path to the Ozzie dream. There are many ways to "kill a cat". Mine is the most straightforward one. You can do it another way for as long as we reach the same destination. Cheers!!
  9. There are two options. You can retake the exam this month, Dec, or even Jan before the start of the intake. Or, you can submit your reason for not having one. :)
  10. Hi, that is fortunate of you to have an employer willing to sponsor your working visa even before you have your license. Anyway, to answer your first question, I answered "yes" - reason "to follow up and claim my nursing registration from AHPRA". To your next question though, I wouldn't know since I haven't done that. But if I were to give my opinion, I wouldn't tell the embassy about your situation having a ready employer. You might just be subjected to more questions from the consul. And besides, your reason on the first answer should be sufficient enough for them to grant you a multiple entry visa. Multiple entry visas are usually granted depending on your personal circumstances. I am presently undergoing my clinical placement here in Sydney. Hopefully, will be done end of Nov and get my license on the 1st or 2nd week of Dec. In my case, I have a multiple entry 456 visa. I decided not to extend my stay this Dec because I have to come home for the holidays to spend time with my kids. But before leaving, I will already have submitted job applications to various employers. There are a lot of job opportunities here as of the moment both in the hospital and aged care. Hopefully, I can impress the hospital where I'm having my placement now for them to give me a good referral. Cheers to you and everyone going through the path we have all taken. God bless. :)
  11. I applied with AHPRA Vic and it took 7 months for me to receive my eligibility letter. Although it's entirely not their fault though. Had some issues regarding documents of my 1st course. Anyway, got word from my BP school that the bp students got their registration papers 3 days after submitting the documents after the bp. That was really fast considering my niece got hers more than a month after her bp last year. Anyway, a student from IHNA got her registration papers from WA 3 months after the bp. So, I guess it's really a case to case basis depending on your personal circumstances.
  12. Education, Training, and Employment Australia or ETEA for short. :)
  13. Hi everyone, I agree with ceridwenRN about NSW hospitals being understaffed. Just got done with the 1st week of clinical placements at a private hospital 80kms north of sydney. Oh boy, the 1:4 ratio is not followed. RNs are overworked. The staff are so happy that there are 8 BP students are there assigned to different wards for 5 weeks. I haven't met any staff that is not complaining about the hospital being understaffed. That is not to say though that the hospital is hiring. I like the area. Not crowded like sydney and it's only an hour's train ride away from the city proper. The standard of living is not as expensive also as the city center. The patients are mostly elderly. I'm assigned to the cardiac critical care ward where patients undergo various cardiac operations like pacemaker insertions, angiograms, and angioplasties. Anyway, 4 more weeks to go. I am now considering my options and scouting for possible job vacancies in the area. Not discounting Melbourne and Brisbane as well. Will be back in Melbourne for the final assessment after sydney. will visit my cousin in Brisbane after the BP. Anyway, God bless everyone who are still on the application process with AHPRA. And God bless everyone who might be in the process of job application. I met a few RN's who went to IHNA for their BP. There was this one girl who found work as an ER nurse in Frankston, Melbourne. Got interested with her case because I have about 2 yrs work experience in the ER back home. She got sponsored for PR immediately after 6 months of working with the hospital. Just try your best to give a good impression in the clinical placements because they will be your useful reference in the CV. Ciao.
  14. Hi everyone, It's been awhile since I last logged on. Anyway, just to give you update, am just done with my 3 week lectures in ETEA. Other forum members with me are Mhai and Kokology. With the influx of students from India, there were 2 classes that were done simultaneously. we're only about 15 Filipinos and the rest are indians. Anyway, flying to Sydney to start my 5 week clinical placement in a private hospital in woy woy area. Whewwwww. Almost done!!!! By they way, was able to get a very nice accommodation near the school. It's $160/week including utilities. My landlady is so nice and accommodating unlike the horror stories I hear from other classmates and other Pinoys from IHNA. My landlady is not Filipina but she prefers Filipino boarders because she loves to eat adobo among other reasons. For all those looking for accommodations, be very wary about using websites. If you do get one from the internet, make sure to have someone you know to check it for themselves before you pay anything. Heard a lot of sob stories from others taking the bp. They were taken advantaged of and you cannot get back your deposit from them. Whenever you make payments, make sure to ask for any written receipt. My accommodation is just walking distance from IHNA and a short 6 min bus ride to ETEA. I even asked my landlady to reserve me a bedspace when I get back from my clinicals. Will plan to stay on until I fly back to the Philippines before the holidays to spend some quality moments with my family. Will be flying again to Melbourne to hopefully start work after the New Year. For those looking for accommodation near or in Heidelberg area, just PM me. Would be more than glad to assist you and recommend you to my landlady. You won't regret living here. This is it for now. Will update everyone every chance I get. Keep the faith in yourself going. Cheers!!!!
  15. Congrats!!!
  16. Most of the forumers here go thru ahpra 1st for registration. after you get your eligibility from ahpra, you undergo bp for about 3 months. Then you are registered as div 1 nurse in Aus. You apply for a job with employers. When you get accepted, your employer will sponsor you for a working visa. After about 1 or 2 years, you can apply for permanent residency. That's when you go thru anmc for assessement for immigration purposes. The anmc process will be shorter, cheaper, and faster because you are already registered with ahpra and presently living and working in Aus already. At least this is what my niece has done and what i am doing also. You can also go thru anmc first. It's really up to you. There are many ways to kill a cat.

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