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RN Teena Thomas is now an Australian Citizen!

published: July 1st, 2013 | category: latest news, Relocation after Registration & Visa Approval

recently granted Australian Citizenship!

RN Teena Thomas and her young family are celebrating a major milestone after she was recently granted Australian Citizenship! “Australia is our home so my husband Sam and son Jeremy are all very excited,” she said. “Before I used to feel like a foreigner but now I feel like part of the community.”

Born in Ernaluman, Kerala India and now living in Toowoomba in southern Queensland, Teena has achieved great career success since moving to Australia with Nursing Careers Australia in February 2008. In addition to working in aged care, the talented RN also works in one of the state’s busiest hospitals.

“There is so much job satisfaction and opportunities to study and develop your career, something that is not possible but in my home country,” Teena said. The next big goal for Teena and Sam is buying a home. “This is something we are really excited about,” she said.

Follow more success stories of overseas nurses living and working in Australia with Nursing Careers Australia here. 

The facts about 457 visas

published: July 1st, 2013 | category: latest news, Relocation after Registration & Visa Approval

Myth: The Australian Government wants to stop overseas workers taking Australian jobs.

Fact: Any changes to the 457 Visa System is Australia are designed to:

  • Ensure the rights of sponsored workers
  • Impose obligations on sponsors to ensure that sponsored workers are protected and that the program is not used inappropriately
  • Enable monitoring, detection, deterrence and enforcement in relation to any inappropriate use of the program

Fact: Nurses with 457 Visas remain on the critical shortage list in Australia AND remain in high demand.

Read here about the exciting career opportunities for overseas nursers working in Australia.

Nursing Careers Australia’s Indian seminar success

published: July 1st, 2013 | category: latest news

Nursing Careers Australia Director Allan Pitman held a number of seminars for Indian nurses living in Bangalore, Cochin Kerala, Punee and Delhi. Of the many who attended the information session, Allan interviewed 36 nurses who are planning to attend bridging programs in Australia later this year in August and October.

In fact, Some of the nurses have already received approval from the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). “We are able to enrol nurses in an approved University bridging program very quickly if they have already received an AHPRA approval letter,” Allan said. Furthermore, Nursing Careers Australia has guaranteed places for Registered Nurses who join their approved University bridging programs, which are run five times a year in February, April, June, August and October.

“There are other nurses who will be applying to AHPRA for approval to attend an approved Bridging Program, and will attend our February 2014 course,” he said. “We are able to help overseas nurses apply to AHPRA and receive approval relatively quickly compared to other agents. This is because we provide AHPRA with complete applications so they don’t have to request additional documents and thereby delay the approval for many months.”

In order to be eligible, Allan explained that overseas nurses are required to have the following in place:

  • BSc in Nursing
  • IELTS 7.0 in all modules (International English Language Test)
  • 2.5-3-years experience in Acute Care hospitals
  • Application and approval from AHPRA to attend an approved Bridging Course

“In 2013 there is still a shortage of Registered Nurses in Aged Care, Mental Health and regional and rural areas,” Allan explained.

The Australian government commissioned a task force, HealthWorkforce Australia, to project the demand for and the supply of Registered Nurses from 2014 to 2025. Published recently, the report highlighted workforce shortages from 2014 to 2025, from 80,000 to 147,000 Registered Nurses, depending on the assumptions made.

The recent Nursing Careers Australia seminars also addressed a number of topics including:

The benefits of University courses compared to private courses –

  • Teaching nurses to be “Job Ready”
  • Training nurses in the same manner as graduates of the Australian Bachelor of Nursing courses
  • All employers prefer Australian University training as they instil the Australian culture of Nursing in their students
  • Universities understand what Australian healthcare employers expect from their Registered Nurses.
  • This means graduates of University Bridging courses are more likely to be employed
  • Think critically and make decisions based on evidence
  • Work independently and yet also manage an Australian healthcare team
  • Communicate effectively with staff and patients
  • Be proficient in all 14 Australian nursing competencies

How Nursing Careers Australia help overseas nurses find a job through a range of support services –

  • How to present a resume or CV in a format that will be accepted by Australian employers
  • Extensive training in face-to-face and phone interview skills
  • Teaching job search skills
  • Post-bridging course training, covering management and leadership skills, aged care documentation and computer system training (ACFI)
  • Communication training when interacting with doctors, health care staff, patients and their relatives
  • Personal introductions to potential employers & sponsors
  • How to achieve Permanent Residence in Australia

Register here to become a qualified nurse in Australia. 

Nursing Careers Australia Resume Tips and Interview Advice

published: May 8th, 2013 | category: latest news


Did you know that most employers spend on average a maximum two minutes reading your CV? If they don’t find what they are looking for at first glance, they simply move on to the next candidate. Get your resume noticed and give your career a boost with these valuable tips from Nursing Careers Australia:

1. Your Resume and CV

  • If an employer doesn’t find what they are looking for in your resume within the first two minutes, he or she will move on to the next applicant. Ensure your resume is clear, concise and appropriate for the position you are applying for.
  • Most nursing applicants submit resumes that are too long or filled with irrelevant details. Check that yours is up-to-date and only includes information your prospective employer is looking for.
  • Include career highlights, professional strengths and the unique qualities you bring to your job.
  • Dates of employment should be clear along with the name of the hospital/s you worked at. Include the number of beds under your care and the nature of the patients you looked after.
  • Australian employers value references so include the name and current contact details of at least two referees, which usually include a care manager or manager.

2. What are Australian nursing employers look for?

  • Effective communication is highly valued in the workplace and will ensure your success as a Registered Nurse in Australia. Therefore, RN’s who are able to easily and effectively communicate with doctors, specialists, managers, nursing staff, kitchen personnel, patients and their families will be looked at favourably.
  • Assertiveness is also an important skill in the workplace so speak up if you have any concerns before they become bigger problems.
  • Australian employers like when you take initiative in the workplace; this means taking the time to do things without being asked. Be proactive each day by finding at least one thing to do without being asked.
  • Time Management is an important part of a nurse’s role so make sure you have a good idea of what needs to be done and by when. Remember that good time management is not just working ‘faster’ but working in a more organised manner, planning ahead what needs to be done, and then doing it efficiently.
  • Australian nursing employers are not just looking for someone who is a ‘hard worker’ but also a person who works well in a team environment. Australians like to create a fun and workplace culture so take the time to get to know your colleagues and think about how you can contribute to a happy and safe environment.
  • Each day gives you the opportunity to learn something new so don’t be afraid to ask us for some advice, guidance and feedback from the people around you.

Learn more about the nursing career opportunities in Australia here.

Graduate with Nursing Careers Australia’s Bridging Program

published: May 7th, 2013 | category: latest news

Nursing Career Australia's Bridging Programs lead to graduation and successful job placement

Statistics show that approximately 2,500 nurses graduate each year from Australian Bridging Courses. Add this to the fact that 9,330 nursing students graduated from Australian universities in 2012 (up from 5,000 in 2003) and you have a lot of competition! However, there is one thing that will put you at the top of the list in the eyes of a potential employer: Nursing Careers Australia.

The provider of your Bridging Course DOES matter to Australian employers – some providers have a good reputation while others do not. Some Bridging Course providers have roughly a 50% return rate at the end of the course, meaning that 50% of their graduates will return home without a job.

Many overseas nurses tell us that they are ready to accept “the first offer letter that comes along” from any provider, however what they fail to see is the bigger picture.

Would you rather be accepted into a course with a poor reputation with Australian employers and a 50% chance of returning to your home country OR wait to be accepted into a reputable tertiary course that maximises your chances of employment when you graduate?

Put simply, Nursing Careers Australia only uses reputable Bridging Courses associated with the best Australian Universities.

These courses set you up for a nursing career in Australia, have an excellent reputation with Australian employers, and qualify you to do post-graduate studies in Australia if you wish. Furthermore, these courses focus on getting you “job ready” for your career in Australia. They do not focus on areas like Anatomy and Physiology, which you already know as a Registered Nurse.

Instead, they focus on the crucial differences between nursing in Australia and your home country and the skills that an RN needs to have in order to work in Australia – things like communication, critical thinking, assertiveness, and taking initiative in the workplace.

Nursing Careers Australia has an enviable reputation with Australian healthcare employers – they know they can trust us to find good Registered Nurses for them. Our reputation precedes you!

Most agents are only interested in one thing – getting paid a commission for everyone they enrol into a Bridging Course. Nursing Careers Australia, on the other hand, is focussed on YOU. We take a holistic approach, such as providing accommodation, offering academic coaching and job support, and helping you apply with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

To date 100% of our nurses have been successfully employed after completion of their Bridging Course, and we continue to provide job support and assistance where others need it. We understand that it is a big commitment to leave your home country and come to Australia so we want to see you succeed, not only for you but also your family!

To register, apply here today!

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