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Lived all over the U.S. Used to be a newspaper reporter. Ask me about my rattlesnake bite sometime...

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  1. comparing pay rates state to state

    The Australian Nursing Federation can provide a printout of the pay rates in public sector hospitals in the various states and territories. I don't know if they have it online. They were kind enough to provide me with one that's current as of March 2...
  2. Keeping in Touch

    How was it possible? The newspaper story mentions how Dr. Patel was bringing half a million dollars a year into the Bundaberg hospital by doing esophageal surgeries. (Or is that "oesophageal?" Say what you will about American vs. Anglic spelling, our...
  3. Keeping in Touch

    The New York Times newspaper had a front-page story summing up the Dr. Death case in the Sunday 19/6 issue. That's significant because the Times is the most important publication in the United States, the thing that opinion-makers read, with subscrib...
  4. It is Au$120, which worked out to US$91 and change at the exchange rate in effect when the charge came through on my credit card in April. NSW only charges Au$50 for a licence. Your big surprise will come in December, though. Vic makes you pay for a ...
  5. have you tried these australian nursing agencies?

    I don't have experience with those three, but I can tell you about my dealings with two others: Eden and Acclaim. The personnel there were personable, as all Australians are, but in the end they couldn't deliver. At both, I had pleasant e-mail exchan...
  6. As a Yank who was looing for work in Oz during the week when this story flared up, I was mighty embarrassed to see one of my countrymen blackening the name of U.S. medical workers. Just what we need, another fly-by-nighter who fled Down Under to do h...
  7. What are Aussie hospital patients like?

    Thanks again all for the advice. Just returned from two weeks Down Under. Managed to extract my Division 1 licence from the NSW board. When I rang them up they basically said "Well, as long as you're in town, we'll let you have it." Interviewed at a ...
  8. Need advice about moving to Australia!

    I'm an RN from the U.S. who's trying what you're wanting to do. I've enquired at several agencies, but they've been flaky. I registered with one, Eden Health, and had a good e-mail exchange going with one of their recruiters. Like most Australians, s...
  9. Looking over old posts on this old thread I don't see any mention of one possible cause of the sore hands -- latex medical gloves. I wash my hands so often at work that I could qualify as obsessive-compulsive. At times, especially in cold weather, th...
  10. What are Aussie hospital patients like?

    No offence meant -- that was a joke (hence the winking emoticon.) I thought Australians were perversely proud of their dangerous wildlife like redbacks, cone shells and box jellies, not to mention better-known sorts such as your 10-metre-long crocs. ...
  11. What are Aussie hospital patients like?

    Thank you for the primer on what to expect. I suppose that patients are patients no matter where in the world they are. There are only so many ways for the human body to malfunction, and that's going to happen more to old people than young ones. I wa...
  12. U of Phoenix online MSN??

    I started working toward a masters with the University of Phoenix last spring while I was sidelined for four months with a broken hip (bicycle crash riding to work). I did some due diligence checking out UoP's rep. HR and bosses at my hospital had no...
  13. I'm a registered nurse working on moving from the United States to Australia. (Filed my nursing licence appo with NSW in December and got a job offer this week from a hospital Canberra after a telephone interview.) I'm chuffed (is that slang term dat...
  14. emmigrating to Australia

    Thank you for the information and perspectives. You seem to know a lot about agencies, particularly for someone listing themself as a "nail technician" among other things. You really have it "nailed" as the expression goes over here. So much new slan...
  15. emmigrating to Australia

    There's nothing wrong with having your own interest at heart. Self-interest is what makes capitalism work, and it's a basic survival trait of any organism. (Except ants and honeybees. But I'm going off on a tangent here...) My problem with recruitmen...