Or see if the Army / Navy / Police will give you space… They all need nurses. Let’s know what you reckon. It’s your life, your future. Remain positive.
Simply put, are you prepared to travel in Australia? If so, look at the ACT, or Northern Territory or Alice Springs. Are you open to indigenous nursing prac to get these required hours completed? Take a real good look-see.
Currently, I am working casually for an agency but searching for a permanent full-time job. Unfortunately, with my lack of experience I do not receive enough shifts to earn a living. Because I haven’t completed a new grad program, I am not even paid as a 1st-year RN. And yes, like many have said here, most job postings require 1-2 years of RN experience.
I’ve also learned recently that the local new-RNs don’t necessarily have it easier. For example, I resent the private hospital system where they would rather hire experienced overseas nurses than train qualified local RNs. There is a fancy-shmancy private hospital in my area that doesn’t even have nurse educators in their wards and hire mostly foreign nurses who may or may not speak English fluently. How sad.
I was clearly too naive to think that I could secure a nursing job in Australia just because there was a “nursing shortage” here. Little did I know back then that nursing schools here accept WAY more students than there are jobs reasonably available in the real world. Like some have commented here, schools have really taken advantage of us international students because they know they could make so much money off us.
Peter, it is a fact in today’s working environment, no employment is secure. When nursing moved to uni-based quals, away from hospital training, it was seen as a ‘two-edged-sword’. Clinical knowledge is required as technology and advanced clinical demands grow. Complex cases are a fact of hospital presentations.
That’s actually true. Visa nurses have years of experience and as soon as they hit our shores they are getting paid as a first year RN and you won’t hear a peep from them, because i’ts still a heck of a lot of money they are earning compared to rates back home as an 8th year RN. They are more convenient and cheaper to hire than a new graduate RN fresh out of uni with no experience.
I strongly advise you to capitalise [an accounting term 🙂 ] on your diverse language skills. These are surely in demand, as too few comprehend cultural demands of many patients in hospital settings. Having a degree is not an insurance policy of employment.
This is a problem in WA too. A young friend of mine who has recently graduated worked as an AIN during her uni studies but she has been unable to get into a grad program anywhere. She has now had to resort to returning to the nursing home where she worked as an AIN because she has no other income. The other side of this problem in WA is the number of visa nurses coming in, mostly from Africa and India. It could be construed that Australia does not want Australian nurses.
You switched. That demonstrates an openness of mind. Many don’t have this ability. Did you consider accounting in Treasury Dept either State or Fed levels?
I’m still concerned that you are aiming high with Wharton. If it’s your dream school, go ahead and give it a try. But also apply more realistically. While a 750 GMAT would certainly help, especially at Booth and Stern, it’s still not a guarantee. Like many applicants you have some pluses and some minuses. I’m just not confident that even with a stellar GMAT the pluses will outweigh minuses especially at Wharton They might, but… apply realistically. They are no safeties on your list, but Stern is probably your most like admit, and it’s an excellent program.
As retired nurses now, via NSWNMA we are forming groups to mentor, share, discuss and support all nurses, as most of us have minimum of 17-35 years hospital experience.
Masters from Texas A&M International University
I’m aiming at 750 GMAT
My GPA trend was upward
I was team lead in my previous job, right now I moved to a different role so I’m not the lead
AT NFP, I’m a certified insurance counselor for medicare program, we conduct sessions on medicare processes and help individuals in their medicare needs
NIGHT SHIFT:- Ask yourself this. Why did I not take that position? Most residents in Aged Care do sleep and require few RN admin meds given out. Other staff attend to ADLs or other needs, without demands of an RN. Don’t feel you are the only one on the floor.