Thanks for any answers you have! I'm looking to move to Australia in the not too distant future (probably to Mackay or Proserpine). I'll have about 3-4 years of nursing experience when I move. Therefore, I won't need sponsorship thankfully.
As a US based nurse we mostly work 12hr shifts, 3 days a week and where I am we get paid around $35/hr USD ($48/hr AUD) w/o differentials. Is this possible to do in Australia and is it different if you work in the ICU or ED? Do you get paid more for those specialties?
What are the nurse to patient ratios? Is there electronic charting? I'd read that a new hospital near Proserpine was all digital.
Is OT commonly offered? Lets say I wanted to work 4 12's a week, would that be accepted or are hospitals really strapped for cash and unlikely to offer OT? How much extra would a nurse make on weekends/evenings on avg?
How much do you typically lose from your paycheck through taxes and such? I'd be coming over as a Permanent Resident so I'd qualify for national healthcare (and the tax that comes out of your paycheck).
Is it expensive to go back for your NP, say in acute care?
If I wanted to buy a house in Mackay near the beach (say for about ($600k), would I be able to do that on a nurses salary?