uswoman

uswoman

Med/Surg, Cardiovascular and thoracic,

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uswoman has 36 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Cardiovascular and thoracic,.

Worked in the US in nursing for 30+ years, then 3+ years in New Zealand and now in Australia

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  1. NZ TO AUS ANY BETTER?

    I’m American, but have lived in New Zealand for 12 years (now a New Zealand citizen), bar a few months I worked in a major metropolitan hospital in Melbourne. I worked on a general medical ward. Ratios in place, so no more than 4 patients, but nothin...
  2. Returning to NZ

    Hi, Shannon - I’ll be honest: it probably would be difficult to start out here with three kids. But that would be the same in Australia. I guess it would depend on how far along in the immigration and registration processes you are on arrival. A lot ...
  3. Returning to NZ

    Hi, Shannon! I did move to Australia for a short time. I worked in Victoria, in Melbourne. I absolutely love that city! The job I got was through an agency. It was a horrible job, and I left after 4 months. (There were other circumstances that also l...
  4. Returning to NZ

    You wouldn’t have much trouble getting back into it! I live in Whangarei and have worked at Bay of Islands hospital and at White Cross (not sure if there are any near where you might want to be, but the hours might work for you.) Now I work at a smal...
  5. Returning to NZ

    Hi! I realise you posted this a long time ago. I’m a nurse in New Zealand, moved here 12 years ago from the US. I don’t know how much nursing has changed here is 25 years, but I do know most of the polytechnic institutes have “Return to Nursing” clas...
  6. Being a nurse is hard

    I've been a nurse for 36 years and have done a lot of different jobs from hospital nursing to home care, management and the health insurance business. Now I'm back in hospital nursing in a different country and find the job I'm doing is a huge, huge ...
  7. Having a celebrity as a patient

    I once took care of a locally famous person who hosted a children's show, for many years. He had had CABG. I was on nightshift, a busy one, and answered his call light. He opened one eye and said, "So what do you want to be when you grow up?" I cou...
  8. Australian rostering

    Australian nurses: since starting to work here, I've found it seems to be a common occurance to be scheduled to work an evening shift then come back on a day shift. A friend who just left a contracted job in Canberra said the same was true there. Is...
  9. Do you have a set schedule?

    I'm working in a major hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and have quite possibly found the worst rostering (scheduling) ever. And it is bad. I'm working on a medical ward and here is what I am working the next two weeks: Saturday - 1PM to 9:...
  10. RN short term contracts

    I do have one co-worker who goes over from New Zealand and works 4-5 weeks at a time so I know it's possible. She is casual at our little hospital and there is usually no shortage of work for her when she is in New Zealand but she goes over to work i...
  11. RN short term contracts

    I'm a US trained registered nurse, with current registration and practising certificate in New Zealand, and have applied for reciprocal Australian nursing registration. My partner is sponsoring me for temp to perm Australian residence. What I would l...
  12. Hi! I'm being "called on the carpet" by dieticians who say it is not necessary to check residuals before a bolus feeding through a PEG tube. A bit of background: critically ill 38 year old, bedbound, with liver failure amoung his many problems, as w...
  13. 55yo and want to work in Oz

    talaxandra: I have only lived in New Zealand for 3 years and the minimum is five to start the citizenship process, so can't go that route. carolmacca66: thanks for that information. Wow! Great places to start. I have been told by a collegue that she ...
  14. 55yo and want to work in Oz

    I'm 55 and have lots of nursing experience. I'm a US citizen with current licensure in Ohio, and also registered and have a current practicing certificate in New Zealand, where I am presently working. I have permanent resident status in New Zealand a...
  15. Nurse Fights for License After Sex With Dying Patient

    up front: i don't condone this nurse's behavior at all. it was unprofessional and boundaries were violated. however, some things in the article raise some questions in my mind. the patient's wife says she suspected her husband was having an affair w...