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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. you get an email of your 456 visa with a very detailed information about the conditions and limitations.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. I paid through bank transfer
  9. It depends on your contract. some have 1 , 2, or 3 year contract. based on my experience, nursing homes sponsor employees for PR after 2 years. hospitals sponsor your PR way earlier. Between 6 to 12 months. And even if you are still in contract with them, you can leave your employer for another company immediately after being granted PR without any legal consequences. Speaking of ICU, it's the most difficult area to go in for us foreign trained nurses. In my case, I really wanted to go in ICU immediately. But my employer explained to me why they prefer for me to have at least 2 to 3 years experience with them in other wards before being considered for ICU. This is because they use a lot of machines in the ICU that we are not familiar with. I am now in the critical care unit - cardiac. This allows me to sometimes be assigned in the ICU. And I understand why I need to slowly be exposed to an actual ICU patient. it's really mind boggling how many machines are attached to a patient. This past week, I was taking care of a patient post parathyroidectomy. This is a very simple case. The pt was just put in the ICU because there were no more beds available in the cardiac or medical ward. But the other patients who had heart bypass surgeries were attached to at least 10 machines. And the IV fluid meds were also a lot. I am not competent to look after these types of cases. And you have to constantly record everything on a 15 min to 30 min interval.
  10. I assure you that you can pay off whatever you have borrowed from whoever it is...even with interest. I have borrowed also from relatives and from the bank. All of us are in the same boat i suppose. in the first place, if you have P1M in the bank and have been earning much in the Philippines, you wouldn't risk coming here, right? Anyway, as far as salaries and benefits are concerned, it is standard here in Australia depending on which state you work and live in. Sydney pays a bit higher than Melbourne because the cost of living here is also higher. As for the actual salary package, you can google it. it's all there. With regards to living expenses, it's safe to say that it will cost you around Aus $1,000 per month either for bp purposes or when you are working already. Most of us here cook our own meals and bring home cooked meals to the school or to our work places. You can definitely save a lot if you are living with relatives rent free. A rough breakdown is as follows : Homestay (including utilities) - $600 Food (home cooked) - 300 Travelling - 100 I am paying for all my living expenses already. I can save enough money to go home for a 2 week vacation in June and a 1 month vacation this Dec. This is only my basic pay. How much more when I do overtime work, holidays, and weekends. I reckon I can pay back all that I borrowed within 1 to 1.5 yrs. Not bad.
  11. and by the way, the attitude of "can't get to go back to work" stems from being paid commensurate to your effort. You love your job because you like doing it but at the same time you get paid very well. :)
  12. i only had 21 months ER work experience back home. i got hired by the hospital where i did my clinical placement. it was partly because they added a new wing to the hospital. the job situation in NSW where I am working is still robust. I can't say about the other states though. But I know that the job situation in Victoria is kind of tight now. Maybe because most of the bp schools are based there so it's the most convenient place for bp students to go job hunting after getting licensed. but i am a bit picky. there still are a lot of jobs in the nursing homes. but i really prefer the hospital environment. i didn't even try applying for jobs in the nursing homes. there were 2 other hospitals in NSW willing to hire me and sponsor my working visa. but i chose my present employer because i am very familiar with the area already. i love the staff and the patients here. and i like the cardiac ward where i am at right now. although im still pining for an ER job, my hospital doesn't have an ER. but the cardiac / ICU is closest to the ER environment in the sense that it's a bit fast paced and the patients are mostly out within the day or the week. in other wards, patients stay for months at a time. hahahaha. people sometimes treat the hospitals here as halfway houses. the best tip i can offer you is you show your best attitude during the clinical placement. not in a way that you pretend to know many things (the staff don't like "know it all"s even if you have years and years of experience back home). For them, we are still treated as "new grads". you just have to show your eagerness to learn and do things as you are told. they have a very "by the book" attitude here. and go the extra mile in taking care of the patients. build rapport with everyone. all your efforts will surely not go unnoticed. :)
  13. hi red_hot_chili_oreo, you are right in your general understanding of the path to become an RN in Australia so far. If you can back read my posts, I have shared to everyone my journey to the land down under from the application process up to the present. yes, my journey was not easy. It was tedious, especially the preparation of the voluminous documents and not knowing the eventual outcome of being granted the LOE by AHPRA and getting in a bp school. but when you finally get licensed and find a job, the roller coaster ride of emotions will be all worth it. i am very fortunate with my job so far. just finished my 2nd week. got my 1st paycheck. all worth it. can't wait to go back to work on monday. in the meantime, going to sydney tomorrow for some R & R with my Pinoy workmates and friends. we are planning to go wall climbing. i just hope my knees will not give up on me. hehehehe australia is pretty laid back compared to the US. and it is expensive here considering the australian dollar has appreciated so much compared to the US $. I was shocked that the bank only gave me Aus $85 for my US $100. Last October when I underwent my bp, I got Aus $106. But the exchange rate doesn't matter anymore if you are earning Aus $ also. :)
  14. i downloaded their application form from their website. fill it up and scan them and send back to their email address for general inquiries
  15. All I could say is never lose hope. I was on the same boat as you are now. I first applied for registration with New Zealand Nursing Council. Had my eligibility to undergo their CAP (Competency Assessment Programme) on July of 2010. I was very excited thinking I was able to hurdle the biggest obstacle. Finding a CAP school would be a cinch (or so, I thought). All of the CAP schools were fully booked and had long wait-lists. I even hired an immigration agent to help me find a school ASAP. Cost me another US $500. If finding a school was a problem, what more with finding a job after getting your license? So, on December 2010, I decided to submit my documents to AHPRA Vic. Cost me another $450 excluding the postage and all the other documentary requirements. I was still hoping that I can get in New Zealand. But Australia will be my fallback. My mindset at that time was whichever comes first (NZ or Aus) I will grab the opportunity. Got my AHPRA Letter of Eligibility on July 2011. I immediately sent applications to all the BP schools. In the meantime, still no positive news from NZ. Requested for extension from NZNC to undergo the CAP. Got an approval for a 6 month extension. But still no CAP slot. First week of August 2011, got an offer from ETEA. They were a lot more expensive than most of the schools, but I just decided to grab their offer. I didn't regret my decision to apply with AHPRA and grab the offer from ETEA. I considered all the cost and effort to be well worth it. Although my lectures were in Melbourne, I was assigned to a hospital in the Central Coast of NSW (that's near Sydney). The hospital is owned by a big network which operates 44 hospitals and clinics all over the country. After my clinical placement, I was offered a job in the hospital. It's only been a week since I started working here. I love my job. I love the staff and the patients. The area, although about an hour away by train from Sydney, is very quaint, picturesque. And, my employer is generous and flexible. I will get between 30 to 45 days paid annual leave after 12 months. In the meantime, they will allow me to come home this June for a 2 week unpaid leave. But at the same time, they will allow me to work extra shifts on weekends and holidays to make up for the 2 weeks I won't get paid when I come home on june. They even give free massage services for all their staff once a month. And since they have 43 other facilities all over Aus, they will allow me to transfer wherever I want after the 9 months mandatory period. So, don't lose hope. I understand what you went through. The roller coaster of emotions we go through is part of the journey. But where there is a will, there definitely will always be a way. Just keep on praying to God for guidance. Cheers!!:)
  16. Hi isingrn, It's been awhile since we've been in touch. So you are in Mosman, NSW. How very fortunate. I am flying back to Sydney on Feb 4. My work starts on Feb 6 at Woy Woy, NSW. I'ts farther north of Sydney. Anyway, hope we can see each other one of these days. Cheers...
  17. Lots of them. We were also required to do a Literature Review just like the ones we did in our nursing research.
  18. OEC - Overseas Employment Certificate All OFW's are required to get it from POEA whether you were directly hired by a foreign employer or you went through a local recruitment agency. Since I will be using my 457 visa in leaving the Philippines for Australia, I am required to show the OEC together with my visa upon exit at NAIA. I have to attend the PDOS seminar next Tuesday at the OWWA and will be issued the certificate of attendance at the end of the day. I will submit the certificate together with a copy of my contract, passport, visa to the POEA together with a payment of P7,500.00 in order to get the OEC. You can google the details of the OEC as well as its benefits for us OFW's.
  19. Of course. You just put it in your CV that your registration is pending. Then you put in your cover letter that you have just finished the bp and are looking for a job.
  20. Hi everyone, It's been quite awhile since I logged on. Still getting used to the new lay-out of this blog site. Anyway, just want to share to you all the good news from my end. I am about to start working in the hospital where I had my 5 week clinical placement. I have just been granted the 457 work visa. At first, I was kind of disheartened when the DIAC website emphasized that it might take 2 to 3 months to process. But it only took about 6 days from the day I submitted my application on-line. So, for the sake of those who are still in the thick of things with regards to fulfilling their ozzie dream, I am sharing with you my timeline : Dec 6, 2010 - Submitted application for registration to AHPRA Victoria July 15, 2011 - Got the Letter of Eligibility (Finally, after so many additional documents required by my reg officer) Aug 1, 2011 - Submitted application for enrollment to ETEA Aug 15, 2011 - Got an offer from ETEA for the Oct 3 intake Oct 1, 2011 - Arrived in Melbourne Oct 3, 2011 - Start of the 3 week lecture Oct 22, 2011 - Flew to Sydney for the 5 week clinical placement Oct 24, 2011 - Start of the 5 week clinical placement at Central Coast, NSW Nov 27, 2011 - Flew back to Melbourne for 1 more week in ETEA Dec 3, 2011 - BP Graduation Dec 15, 2011 - Flew back home for the Christmas Holidays Dec 22, 2011 - Got a job offer from the hospital where I had my clinical placement Jan 5, 2011 - Got my AHPRA RN license ( It would have been sooner had I submitted additional proof of identity docs in time) Jan 17, 2011 - My employer submitted my nomination for 457 work visa to DIAC Melbourne Jan 18, 2011 - I applied for the 457 work visa on-line (DIAC website) Jan 24, 2011 - Submitted my passport to the Aus Embassy for visa stamping - Booked a flight for Sydney for Feb 4, 2011 Tomorrow, I am going to POEA to apply for the Overseas Employment Certificate. It's going to cost me P7,500.00. My niece who is already an RN in Melbourne for a year advised me to get the OEC before I leave. There are some instances that people on a working visa get detained for not having the OEC. I don't want that kind of hassle. As for those who are anxious about getting a job after the BP, I would strongly advise you the following : 1.) Show your best attitude during the clinical placement and the lectures. There are so many instances that the hospital you are assigned to will offer you a job. I was very fortunate to have been assigned to a private hospital that sponsor's foreigners. 2.) Go the extra mile in caring for your patients. Your effort will definitely not go unnoticed by the hospital staff. 3.) Be very friendly towards your preceptors and the hospital staff (including the orderlies, and other ancillary staff). 4.) Always speak English even to other Filipinos while on duty. 5.) Don't be ashamed to ask questions regarding procedures and medications that you are not familiar with. The hospital staff know that we are there to learn about their system of doing things. Always refer to the MIMS before giving medications. 6.) Do not hesitate to inform your nurse-buddy if you are not confident of doing things on your own for the first time. But make sure to remember the instructions. Better yet, take notes. 7.) Do not limit your job hunting to a particular area or state that you have relatives in. I have relatives in Melbourne and Brisbane. I applied in those places. But I also applied for a job in Sydney. Got a job in Sydney. (By the way, I have some classmates who are staying in Melbourne that still haven't gotten jobs until now. There are plenty of jobs for RNs in NSW and Queensland. You can apply on-line.) I am spending my last days enjoying the company of my loved ones and friends while I am still in the Philippines. It may take many months for me to come home again. Still have to recoup my costly investment in becoming an RN in Australia. For those who may want information or advise on anything related to our journey to Australia, feel free to ask while I am still available. I'm afraid I won't have that much time logging in this blog site once I start working. Much less, share information. This is my way of thanking those who were ahead of me in becoming an RN in Australia who selflessly shared information in this blog. My way of paying it forward. God bless everyone. Keep the fire burning and don't be easily discouraged.
  21. 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. :)
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!!