Hi everyone. I'm not quiet sure if you know or remember me.
Anyway, I'll be starting my job as an Aged Care RN next week.
I know you got a lot of questions.
"Why aged care?", "Are there no Hospital jobs?" There are still employment awaiting for us in the hospitals but I am on a 456 visa and my current entry is about to expire, due to time and money constraints, I don't have the right to choose. To be honest, after I've lodge my visa, I got 4 invitations for an interview in public hospitals here in Aus but unfortunately I can't entertain them already.
The real picture here is that there are a lot of vacancies here, as in hundreds, but not all are willing to sponsor for a working visa (which we all need except if you're a PR/citizen) consequently making it hard for us to gain jobs in our interested field. Even aged care facilities are not so keen in sponsoring anymore, that is why I still consider myself lucky. However, if you can wait, maybe you'll get what you like.
They say it is a burden in Aged Care and our RN skills will be compromised.
I don't know if that is true but what's important is that we give our sincere care to patients.
August 2011 - Applied for eligibility
December - Received my Letter of Eligibility from AHPRA
May 2012 - Started Bridging Program
July - Done with BP
Sep - Got my registration Number
November - Offered a job
December 12 2012 - Start job
I am very anxious, actually. I don't have any idea about being an Aged Care RN but I know God knows I can do it because He will not put me here on the first place if I cant surpass this.
Good luck everyone :)