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  1. The final proof is that you need to be present in person in Australia at the AHPRA office to finalize the registration process. I could not do this last part and had to withdraw my application. So my advice would be to make sure you will be entering Australia within 1 year of your Letter of Eligibility before paying for the application. Hope this helps and good luck.
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    Nurse Practitioner in Australia?

    Hi Ceridwyn, did u apply for your NP registration with AHPRA? I am studying FNP in the US right now and my sister is a RN in Sydney and she keeps telling me to move there. I'd like to know what the process is like for NPs. What was your experience? Like others mentioned, the whole AHPRA process is so tedious, I got my eligibility letter for my RN registration and then has to be there in person but I could afford the ticket so ended up withdrawing my app. Hope its easier as an NP. Thanks and good luck!
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    American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia

    OMG finally I find a thread about the theory and clinical hours. Please help me ladies (& gents). So I received the same message from AHPRA regarding my nursing courses...that I needed to state my the hours spent on each of the NSG subject and clinical. I was surprised that they required this additional info as I already have a BSN and 1 year work experience in an ICY step-down unit. I emailed my college requesting for a letter stating the hours I spent in classes and clinical but they asked me if there was a minimum number of hours AHPRA was looking for. I am now confused as to what to tell them. After hours of research in the AHPRA and ANMC website the only information I received was that we are required to have spent a minimum of 6 semesters full-time and a minimum of 800 clinical hours. Can one of you please let me know what and how your college stated the hours? Were they specific to the subjects of Medical/Surgical, Adult Nursing, Community Nursing and Mental Health Nursing? Please help. I am at my wits' end with this paperwork. Worse still, I am out of the country and it is costing me a pretty penny to get everything in order. Thank you!
  4. So Im a new grad and just finished 6 weeks of my orientation. I have had numerous preceptors during this period and my orientation ends in about 3 weeks time. I have been spoken to by my NM several times regarding some of the mistakes I have done. I feel overwhelmed with this entire situation and am at a loss of what to do. I feel like in the past week, I have improved a lot, I study on my days off to familiar myself with things like labs, protocols, and equipment in the CCU. Most of my preceptors have told me that I need better time management and that I need to prioritize. I am def getting better at it each week but there is a lot to learn. Most of the stuff, like communicating with NPs, MDs, residents are new to me and also communicating with the secretaries regarding scheduling procedures. So basically I have been told that unless I show a major improvement during the remainder of my orientation (3 weeks), I cannot work at the department. Has anyone else been in this situation? If so, please give me advice and tips on how to overcome this. Despite the unit being really fast paced, demanding, and stressful, I love every moment of it and def am not ready to leave. I want to proove to my NM and myself that I can do this. But part of me is starting to prepare for the worse and thinking of looking for jobs in the other units. I also am afraid that if I do apply to other units now, my NM will find out eventually and fire me for it. Please help this new grad!!!
  5. Thank you guys so much for your advice! Means a lot that you cared to give me some really great pointers. This week went well for me I'm happy to say and my confidence has gone up. My preceptors were the nurse leaders too and they both said I did good with minimal assistance from them but like always, I need to be faster just to prepare for other emergencies that might come up. I hope they and the NM see that I am giving it my all and that I have come a long way from only a few weeks ago. While I am sure that there was a certain preceptor who stained my image with some negative reviews, and office politics play a bigger hand than I realize, I've moved past them and am focused in improving my practice. Im finally getting the hang of things and have been communicating more with the NPs and MDs and RTs. My time management is much better and smoother and I've learned how to prioritise and delegate (this one is a life saver and our PCTs are amazing). Thanks so much for your input again, I will def take them in mind and hopefully in the new few weeks I can share some good news with you guys. Thank you so very much!!!!
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    Did anyone lose weight AFTER becoming a nurse?

    So u weight less than 100lbs nows??? Whoa, thats beyond major!
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    Did anyone lose weight AFTER becoming a nurse?

    Im a new grad and have lost about 10lbs since i started work about 2 months ago. Like others have said, I always pack lunch from home, that way I have no reason to waste money on ordering food from the cafeteria. Also my 12 hrs are so busy and stressful that sometimes I only get to eat lunch around 2pm...and my last meal was at 6am. By then, I don even have much of an appetite but I make myself eat it to prevent getting malnourished. After work, Im starving but again, Im so exhausted that the only energy I have goes towards showering and I usually end the night with a small cup of soy milk or some fruit. I noticed that even on my days off, my appetite remains small....and I think it is bcos my stomach has shrank. I'm only 5'2 so that 10lbs off shows real well and honestly, I love it! Oh n no, I have yet to hit the gym. Stay healthy my fellow nurses!
  8. Im currently in my 8th week of oreintation in a pul step-down unit and my manager told me today that my preceptors(all 7 of them) have not given be the best reviews and that she has not seen much improvent and that unless i prove to them in the last 3/4 weeks that i have that i can work on the unit, i will have to leave. *sigh. i feel like im losing this battle every week. While their preceptorship program is not the best, i din blame it. I took full responsibilty for my performance and promised myself that i wld do my homework n be better each day. Heck, i even dug out my old nursing scool notes to refresh everything. I was told that during oreintation that i wld be pushed hard but i don understand how a new grad like me can learn to draw labs, review results, communicate with the NPs, MDs about a pt's plan of care, know when the med students round, know when to let the unit secretary to schedule xrays, know how to realise when orders have been changed on the computer in 8 weeks. I NEVER learnt any of them in nsg school, maybe i drew labs once but that was a few years ago and at that time my main concern was getting the technique right. In school i always heard bout how "nurses eat their young", now that im in the real world as a new grad, i realise that they rip us apart. Some say not everyone is cut out to be in critical care, i say if you love it and enjoy working it regardless of how stressful it can get, then you are cut out to be in critical care. Yes, I might take a bit more time than others (i wonder if the other new grads on my unit are in similar position), but i feel like im getting there. Too bad for me, my preceptors...whom I thought were going to support me instead of burn me...don think so. Worse, they reported to my manager without telling me 1st. Ughhhhh. Hope you other new grads do not get anything 1/2 as bad as we are getting.