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US ER vs Aus A&E?

Specializes in Tele, CVSD, ED - TNCC. Has 3+ years experience.

Hi Everyone,

I had to open a new acct bc my email got hacked, so I'm not really new to the board! Hello Hello Hello :yes:

I have been looking into making the move to Oz several times over the last few years, and I seem to have come full circle and am looking into it again.

The first time I looked I was a Tele/cardiac nurse, I am now an ER-trauma nurse. I'm thinking that if I make the move, I'll definitely want to stay in emergency nursing. That's why I would like to ask the question:

What's some of the fundamental differences between a US ER and Aus A&E? :)

Also does TNCC and CEN certifications mean anything there as far as hireability?

Any insight would be great! Thanks!

I am interested in taking my life to Oz also!! Just working on getting some more experience here first. Any tips?


Specializes in Neonatal and Maternity. Has 11 years experience.

Hi Deenie,

I realize this message was posted over a month ago, but I thought I'd put my thoughts in! I'm an Aussie now living in Canada (still waiting on my qualifications to be assessed), I studied and worked as an RN for the past 10 years in Western Australia.

To work in Australia this would be your best place to look for your Nursing requirements: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Internationally qualified nurses and midwives

In regards to working visa's and permits this is where I suggest you start looking & follow the relevant links: Working in Australia

(as an American with a skilled and 'in demand' job you will be fine!)

I am not familiar with TNCC or CEN, having said that I am a NICU nurse and haven't worked in ED for a very long time! It may be worth e-mailing the nurses board of Australia to ask those questions specifically (always helps to get things in writing too!).

Some fundamental differences that I can think of, or have heard through the nursing grapevine, is that in the US I feel you have more autonomy, in Australia its a bit more doctor reliant (does that make sense?). We do have different names for medications, but nothing too hard to convert to.

Our healthcare systems are state funded, so nursing in Sydney (NSW) vs. nursing in Perth (WA) may differ slightly with staff levels, pay rates, nurse to patient ratios etc.

Have you been to Australia on holiday before? are you familiar with the country? If you have any further questions I'm happy to help :)


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