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.
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:
Fact: Nurses with 457 Visas remain on the critical shortage list in Australia AND remain in high demand.
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:
“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 –
How Nursing Careers Australia help overseas nurses find a job through a range of support services –
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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!