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Our Success Stories


Nursing Careers Australia has helped nurses from all over India work and live in Australia. Feeling more like a family than a recruitment agency, we help our nurses with everything from travel permits and temporary accommodation to securing a job and finding a new home for their family.

This is what some of our recent graduates had to say…

Building Careers

Profile of an Indian nurse who recently graduated from a Nursing Careers Australia bridging program

more than 12 years experience as a Registered Nurse

 

RN Amilin Pramila Chellapparaj has more than 12 years experience as a Registered Nurse – including five years in Oncology – working in her home country and the Middle East. The mother-of-two was introduced to Nursing Careers Australia through India International Technical Recruiters (IITR) and is currently looking for work having successfully completing her Bridging Program.

“Nursing Careers Australia helped me from the application process right through to obtaining my Visa,” Amilin explained. “In fact, all my documents were in Arabic as I had been working in Kuwait, so Allan Pitman helped me translate them to English. “This enabled me to get the necessary documents in on time, and finish the Bridging Course on time,” she said. “I feel prepared and ready for employment.”

Amilin said she moved to Australia in order to fulfil her lifelong goal to work in Oncology. “When I was working in India and the Middle East, I did not have any opportunities to do further studies to be an Oncology Nurse,” she said. “It is my dream to improve my career in this area and Australia will enable me to do that.”

Overseas nurses like Amilin often talk about the frustration that comes from the limitations of working as a Registered Nurse in India. “When you start as a Grade-1 nurse in India, you have to stay there for 10-15 years – there is no career growth and you are not allowed to make any clinical decisions,” she explained. “Nurses working in Australia have more independence in clinical decision-making – we can decide on our own and we can treat our patients on our own. The scope of practice is much smaller in India,” she said. “Even for a simple thing, you have to contact the doctor and they have to do the treatment. It is very frustrating.”

Nursing is considered a respected profession in Australia, with RN’s encouraged to pursue career goals with further training. “When I was doing my Bridging Program as well as my clinical placement, I was really feeling so much amazed as nurses in Australia are so independent and given so much respect,” Amilin said. “In many places, nurses are not respected but it’s so different in Australia. This makes me so excited to work in Australia,” said Amilin.

Follow Amilin’s nursing career, and hear from other Nursing Careers Australia success stories here.

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Where are they now? RN Jisha Abraham from Kerala

 

RN Jisha Abraham with Nursing Careers Australia directors Allan and Maria Pitman

Only two years after leaving India, one of our nurses has been awarded ”Best Care Manager in Australia” from one of the country’s largest healthcare providers.

Originally from Kerala in India, RN Jisha Abraham has achieved remarkable success since arriving in Australia two years ago with Nursing Careers Australia (NCA). The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) graduate was promoted to Chief Nurse one year after securing a job with Australia’s largest private aged care provider.

This would “never” have happened in India, she said. “I would have been stuck in the same job for at least ten years before being promoted,” Jisha said. “There are only two levels of nursing in India and it takes a lot of time to move from one to the other.”

Thanks to ongoing career support from NCA, Jisha recently beat hundreds of nurses in 60 aged care facilities to win ”Best Care Manager in Australia”.

“I didn’t know much about aged care because it doesn’t exist in India, so initially I thought I might lose my skills if I didn’t work in a hospital, “Jisha said. “However, I have gained more experience after two years working in the aged care industry, which is incredible because I never would have done that in a hospital.”

The 28-year-old said it was the professional support from Nursing Careers Australia that had enabled her to achieve great success in a short amount of time.

“I do not regret even for a second moving to Australia and I have Allan Pitman to thank for guiding me in the right direction,” Jisha said. “The people at Nursing Careers Australia really know what they are doing!”

Read more success stories here. 

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Starting a new job in Australia

 

Jyothsna P S D’souza started the year with a new job. She is pictured here with her general manager, Helen Raiciuciu.

First day at work is always a combination of excitement and nerves. However, we took Jyothsna to her new workplace for orientation where we met general manager Helen Raiciuciu. We also provide invaluable career advice so they will be more confident at work.

“We also follow up with the manager on a regular basis to talk about job performance and career opportunities,” Allan said.

Register for a nursing career in Australia here.

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RN Pompy Bose promoted to Acting care Manager

RN Pompy Bose started work as a Registered Nurse two years ago with one of Australia’s largest healthcare companies. NCA found her the job in Rosemore, which she describes as the “epitome” of a positive and healthy work environment.

NCA also helped to improve Pompy’s communication, cooperation and leadership skills, and encouraged her to take on more job responsibility. This resulted in enormous praise from her employer and Australian colleagues.

Pompy is considered a “star performer” and was quickly promoted to Acting Care Manager. We are in the process of helping Pompy secure a permanent residency visa. Her future looks very bright!

Australia has enormous career opportunities for Indian nurses – read about them here.

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Shankumar from Kerala Lands Job with Lend Lease

Two weeks after graduating with Nursing Careers Australia, Shankumar Salim Kumar has landed an impressive job: working as an RN with Lend Lease Aged Care in Bonnells Bay, New South Wales.
“I am very excited to be working with Lend Lease and stay in Australia as a permanent resident,” said Shankumar, who is originally from Kerala.
“I like everything about this country – the people, the living conditions, the culture – and I am thankful for Nursing Careers Australia with helping me find a job so quickly,” he said.
One of Australia’s leading providers of quality care for the aged, Lend Lease is has a strong focus on continuing active rewarding lifestyle for residents.
“I am looking forward to doing a special course on dementia because I really like the people who work in this area,” Shankumar said.

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Meet our newest Nursing Careers Australia graduates!

Nursing Careers Australia graduates on their big day!

Tintu Anna Joseph, Liz Mathew, Tinu Sebastian, Charls Joseph Chungath, Shankumar Salim Kumar, Tina Tresa Thomas, and Nursing Careers’ operation manager, Abhijeet Singh.

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Nursing Careers Australia helps Registered Nurse from Kerala, India secure job with Lend Lease in Australia

Shankumar with a friendly Australian kangaroo!

Two weeks after graduating with Nursing Careers Australia, Shankumar Salim Kumar has landed an impressive job: working as an RN with Lend Lease Aged Care in Bonnells Bay, New South Wales.

“I am very excited to be working with Lend Lease, and stay in Australia as a permanent resident,” said Shankumar, who is originally from Kerala. “I like everything about this country – the people, the living conditions, the culture – and I am thankful for Nursing Careers Australia with helping me find a job so quickly,” he said.

One of Australia’s leading providers of quality care for the aged, Lend Lease is has a strong focus on continuing active rewarding lifestyle for residents. “I am looking forward to doing a special course on dementia because I really like the people who work in this area,” Shankumar said.

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Abhijeet from Nursing Careers Australia becomes an Australian citizen!

Nursing Careers is proud to announce that our very own Operations Manager, Abhijjet Singh, recently became an Australian citizen!

Originally from Delhi and fluent in English and Hindi, Abhijeet has been living in Australia for the past five years where he obtained a Masters Degree in IT from Queensland University

“I joined Careers International Group, the parent company for Nursing Careers Australia, two years ago and it has been a wonderful experience,” Abhijjet says from his home near world-famous Bondi Beach. “Now that I am an Australian citizen, I not only have the chance of a better life but also a more secure career.”

Meet the rest of the Nursing Careers Australia team here.

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Join Nursing Careers Australia and change your life today

Allan and Maria Pitman (pictured above) will be in India from September 21 to October 30 to recruit nurses for some of Australia’s biggest healthcare employers. “We guarantee a job for accredited nurses, with salaries starting from $AUD60,000-80,000 p/a.,” Allan says.

Register below for one of the following life-changing information seminars:

NEW DELHI
DATE: 21st & 22nd September 2010
TIME: 1pm on the 21st; 10am on the 22nd
LOCATION: IITR (behind Sanjeevan Hospital) 4868/24 Ansari Road
Darya Ganj.

COCHIN
DATE: 25th & 26th September 10:00AM
TIME: 10AM
LOCATION: Travancore Court Hotel, Warriam Road, Ernakulam

BANGALORE
DATE: 27th September 2010
TIME & LOCATION: To be advised

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Where Are They Now? RN Souya Scaria from Kerala

NAME: SOUYA SCARIA
AGE: 26
FROM: KERALA, INDIA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: SYDNEY, NSW

Originally from Kerala, Souya says that Australia offers considerably more career opportunities for Indian nurses than her home country. “In India, once you start working in an area, it’s very difficult to move forward,” she says.

“However, in Australia, you can develop your skills and further your nursing career with different courses. I really feel that there are excellent facilities here and your career potential is unlimited.”

Apart from the “very friendly people” she has met in Australia, Souya is also appreciative of the ongoing support shown by Maria and Allan. “They have been with me each and every step of the way and I will never forget that,” she says with a smile.

Read the personal experiences of our nurses here.

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Where Are They Now? RN Pompy Bose from New Delhi

NAME: POMPY BOSE
AGE: 26
FROM: NEW DELHI, INDIA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: SYDNEY, NSW

“The reason why I came to Australia is because there is more scope for nurses than there is in India and, in only a few short months, I have already secured a job with a big healthcare company,” says Pomby Bose from New Delhi.

“The course I recently completed was really organised and helpful and we learned so many valuable things, particularly time management skills,” Pomby says. “To be an effective nurse in Australia, it’s really important to have these types of courses.

“I am really very happy to be a part of this country and the people here are so friendly, especially Maria and Allan who are just wonderful people,” Pomby continues. “Allan is a man of his word and everything he says, he makes happen. In fact, all of us nurses were amazed that he found all these places for us to work in!”

While Pompy was initially nervous about moving to a new country so far away from home, the ongoing support from Nursing Careers Australia quickly turned apprehension into excitement. “For all those nurses back in India – don’t think, just get on that plane because there are so many great opportunities here that you will never regret it,” she says excitedly.

Read more successful nursing stories here.

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RN Vipul Mirajkar from Mumbai

NAME: VIPUL MIRAJKAR
FROM: MUMBAI, INDIA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: KEMPSEY, NSW

Registered Nurse Vipul Mirajkar described his work in aged care as a “great experience”. Based in Kempsey, NSW, Vipul works at Bupa Kempsey where his duties include ??? While recognising it as a change from India’s acute care industry, 26-year old Vipul says that he is adapting well to the aged care environment.

Vipul says that his colleagues are incredibly supportive and caring, with many offering to drive him home from work after a late shift and offering advice when needed. “Nurses are very respected in Australia, which is not always the case back in India,” he says.

Based in a country town means that Vipul also has easy access to the town’s facilities, including cafes, restaurants, the movie theatre, supermarket and shopping areas.

Learn about the exciting career opportunities available for registered nurses in Australia.

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Kick-start your nursing career in Australia

With the help of Nursing Careers Australia, Indian nurses building their careers and changing their lives in one of the world’s most affluent countries.

“A few days after the nurses arrive, they start the four-week theory component of the competency assessment program,” Allan explains. “This is where they learn about Australia’s healthcare system, how our drugs and equipment differ from what they’re used to India, and the different legal requirements that are designed to protect both patients and medical staff.

“Students are given research-based assignments that focus on various medical conditions,” Allan explains. “This forms the theory component of the course.”

“The theory stage also addresses the nursing culture and philosophy that exists in Australia,” Allan continues. “Australian nurses are highly respected and are given a level of responsibility not seen in India’s health system. And to ensure they have access to the latest information and expertise, Indian nurses are taught by Australian tutors and specialists from all over the world.

A week after the nurses graduate, NCA founders Allan and Maria Pitman travel from Sydney to Melbourne to talk through any individual concerns or questions the nurses may have.

“Some of the nurses want to know more about the cultural differences between India and Australia while others are more interested in simply exploring the city of Melbourne,” Allan explains. “This is a great opportunity for us to get to know the nurses so we take them out for dinner and celebrate what is the beginning of their new career in Australia.

Kick-start your nursing career by filling out an application here.

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Where Are They Now? RN Sreeranjini Prabhakaran

NAME: SREERANJINI PRABHAKARAN
FROM: ELEMPILAD, KERALA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: SYDNEY, NSW

“I really like working in Australia’s aged care community because, as a nurse, you are given so much more responsibility than if you were in India,” says Sreeranjini Prabhakaran, who lives in the outer Sydney suburb of Greystanes with her husband Manoj. “Nurses are very supportive of each other, especially the management who are always ready to share their advice and experience – without getting angry or frustrated.”

When Manoj, who works as a chef in one of the areas top restaurants, and Sreeranjini have time off from work, they enjoy driving to one of the many scenic destinations near Sydney. “We often drive down the coast to Wollongong, or across to the Blue Mountains, which is only
a short distance away,” Sreeranjini says.

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Where Are They Now? RN Vaishali Sharma

NAME: VAISHALI SHARMA
FROM: DELHI, INDIA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: NEWCASTLE, NSW

Registered Nurse Vaishali Sharma has been living in Australia for nearly two years with her husband Lokesh near Newcastle, just north of Sydney. “I really like the people here – they are so friendly and easygoing,” she says. Currently working at Bupa Cardiff, Vaishali and Lokesh are excited to be having their first child, which is due in May. “I don’t have any family living in Australia but have lots of friends, so we are looking forward to raising our family here,” she adds.

While Vaishali enjoys working in aged care, she is really looking forward to one-day working in the fast paced area of intensive care.

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Where Are They Now? RN Jijo Thomas

NAME: JIJO THOMAS
FROM: KAVUMKANDAM, KERALA INDIA
POSITION: RN, AGED CARE
LIVES: GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

“The Gold Coast is such a beautiful place – I love living here!” says Jijo Thomas, who works as an RN at Bupa Merrimac. “I have been here for nearly a year and a half and enjoy the fact that in 15 mins you can be on the beach, or you can drive 30 mins in the other direction and you are in the mountains. Either way is just amazing.”

Jijo recently purchased a Honda Civic, which means he can explore his hometown, which is only a short drive to the New South Wales border. “Everyone is so welcoming and friendly so it is a really nice atmosphere to live and work in. On the weekends, I usually go out fishing with a friend who has a boat and another who has a jet ski. So we spend a lot of time on the water enjoying the sunshine and the sights,” Jijo says. “I also have a few friends from India here so we go out to various places – we recently went camping, which was a lot of fun.”

In addition to soaking up the exciting lifestyle the Gold Coast offers, Jijo also likes the responsibility and independence that comes with working in aged care. “Basically, you are left on your own to take care of the residents – which in my case is around 98 – so you are the person who is responsible for everyone’s health. It’s a huge responsibility but once you get used to it, you really start enjoying it.”

“The resident’s are always so happy to see you and when you come back to work after a couple of days off, they really miss you!”

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Where Are They Now? Care Manager Rosamma Thayil John

NAME: ROSAMMA THAYIL JOHN
FROM: ALEPPY, KERALA INDIA
POSITION: CARE MANAGER, AGED CARE
LIVES: WOLLONGONG, NSW

Registered Nurse Rosamma “Rosie” Thayil John was recently promoted to the position of Care Manager at Kennedy Health Care, which is one of Australia’s leading providers of aged care.

“At Kennedy Health, we take a holistic approach to caring for the residents and my responsibility is to make the Care Plan for each of the five nurses who work alongside me during each shift,” Rosie explains. “Unlike India’s doctor dominated system, Australian procedures allow nurses to take a more independent approach to their work. Here we have the clearance to plan the resident’s care and I think nurses take more responsibility because of this.

“Because of the nature of the care provided at Kennedy Health, I am able to further my education every single day,” Rosie continues. This ensures that I am constantly progressing and not stagnant in my job.”

Along with husband Thayil, an Ordained Minister, and sons Timothy and Sam, Rosie lives south of Sydney in the bustling coastal town of Wollongong.

“The quality of life is much higher here than compared to my country,” Rosie responds when asked what she most likes about living in Australia. “I really like the people in Wollongong – they are very open and friendly – and so we have made many friends. In fact, our family has become very involved with the local community through our involvement with the Ministry.”

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