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  • Joined: Jan 2013
  • Location: PANANIA
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Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:01 pm

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



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Mar 22, 2013, 12:52 pm Last edited Mar 22, 2013, 12:52 pm update #4

Hey Sally,

I'm assuming that you are taking the IELTS because of the nursing registration. For registration as a nurse in Australia, you can skip the IELTS if you can prove that you have at least 5 years of studies that is in English and a nursing certificate that Australia recognise. The education can be a combination of secondary (high school), vocational (Language school) and/or tertiary (TAFE, collage and university).,d.dGI

If you did not complete your education in English, there are 2 options for you to prove your English standard. You can choose to take International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).

OET is more expensive and the listening section is a lot tougher than IELTS, but the rest of the other 3 section are slightly easier. Please refer to OET website for the exact format.

If you are truly desperate for income and a job, you can try your luck with agency nursing, age care and mental health, as they are always looking for people. While the rest of the hospitals will probably take like 2 months (or worst) to get yourself employed.

I know this is a rather late reply for your post, but all the best and good luck for your registration!

modified: Friday 22 March 20