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Student Elective Nursing Placements

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Has 2 years experience.

Hi, as part of my university course, we have to organise an elective placement. I've decided I would like that to take place in Australia. Can anybody point me in the right direction of how to sort it out and recommend places to go? Thank you.

I am assuming that you are not an Australian nursing student.

I would think this would be something that you are better off approaching your university and seeking advice for them?

A lot of it comes down to insurance. As an Australian student, I had the opportunity to complete an elective placement - but these were sourced by the university and then students applied to participate. The university organised for the insurance etc to cover this, just like they do for our placements in Australia. It also required that my university have an agreement with a university in the country we were visiting where we essentially temporarily enrolled as a student of their facility.

Nursing placements in Australian (or in my state at least) are very competitive - and the Universities will typically have booked placements for their students 18-24 months in advance. I've never witnessed students from overseas universities completing placements in my state
The closest I have observed to this was in my midwifery studies where there was a cohort of Tanzanian Midwives who did a two-week observational study tour - however, this was as part of a partnership between the department of health in my state and the department of health in Tanzania.

Doing an internet search - there is a little bit of information that says you can approach hospitals directly and they can organise a contract between the hospital and the university. - however these are very old


https://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=s_HbOLWTBTE (this is 2012 and at this stage only Melbourne would take international nursing students - and this is 8yrs ago, so I don't know if they do anymore, also some of the information in the video is definitely dated - like not needing to be bare below the elbows)

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

You do realise we have closed our boarders? It is doubtful that you will get into the country currently.

abbeycliffe2001

Has 2 years experience.

8 minutes ago, K+MgSO4 said:

You do realise we have closed our boarders? It is doubtful that you will get into the country currently.

MY placement isn’t until 2022 I was just aware that it takes a lot of researching, organising and notice before it can take place

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

On 6/25/2020 at 6:36 AM, abbeycliffe2001 said:

MY placement isn’t until 2022 I was just aware that it takes a lot of researching, organising and notice before it can take place

OK.

There is a massive difference in nursing education requirements between the 2 countries, however if you are going to come I would suggest something that you haven't experienced at home.

Bush nursing, RFDS, working in an Aboriginal controlled health service.

It may be of some benefit to work in metro or regional centres due to the difference between nursing in the 2 countries but I would suggest the first option.

Try NT, WA or QLD health services. They have the biggest areas of outback due to sheer scale so have a different set up to my state.

Edited by K+MgSO4