I am an American RN ( ADN ) from Alaska.I have more than 25 years experience as an RN.I have married to an Aussie for 6 years but just moved here late sept..He got sick with endocarditis and was in RPA and Westmead Private ( Sydney NSW) I found ward nursing to be nothing like I am used to( they dont do assessments of even Vital signs) ER and Theatre and ICU was more to what I was used to as far as the nursing care ( Westmead Private ICU was excellent and very accommodating to me as my husband was very very ill post op-- endocarditis and congential heart repair revisions etc). I am used to working very hard RUNNING 12.5 HOURS and spending alot of time with patients my last job was Tele /Med/ SURG/ PEDS.. and i often floated to ER AND ICU..I was a resource nurse and helped mentor and train alot of staff.
4 Years ago the NSW nursing board / regulatory people that grant nursing licenses told me I probably couldnt work here as an RN as I dont have a BSN.I have 25 plus years and alot of extra certificates etc ( had certifications in ER served on that national board organisation etc).Granted I have been a bit busy with getting my husband well and now cardiac rehabing ( tho just found out yesterday he is cheating on me).Would not my years of high aquity experience negate some of that? ( I hold ACLS, BLS,NRP. PALS, ENPC, TNCC, )
I just got my bridging visa so I can legally work.I am broke, and I need to do the english language test( EILTS? IELTS?)I am workign on getting a job in a shop or some thing to make some money as I said we are broke.( and I am living with my inlaws tho with my husband cheating on me I dont know how thats going to work)
I have no support here,, i know practically no one.I dont have a church. Any advice appreciated.
sally Rawlings panania NSW 2213 SYDNEY