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.