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  • Joined: Jun 2005
  • Location: Melbourne
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Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:06 am

I would like to speak on behalf of all the overseas recruited nurses that have to battle to get permenant residency here in Australia. In view of the nurse skill shortage here ,why do recruited nurses have to pay a minimum amount of $2000 to become residents in Australia in order to settle here. We are allowed in simply by applying for a 457 work visa, assessed by the department of immigration as suitable to work here and register with  the local nursing council and start working. However if we want to stay here in our skilled profession we have to fork the bill and all of a sudden have our skills assessed by the Australian nursing council at our cost of course. Why werent they concerned about our ability at the  beginning when it was important?

Correspondence to the Honourable minister Vanstone( immigration) lead to a simple pay! reply!

Is there help out there in view of retention and assistance for skilled migrants that want to stay here! Surely we are an assest to the places we work and need to be treated as that.! Any  suggestions! annelizeb.



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  • Joined: Mar 2005
  • Location: Adelaide
  • Posts: 172

Jun 21, 2005, 10:54 pm

That does seem like an incredibly bureaucratic process.

It would make sense that nurses are tested prior to entry into Australia, but to allow them to work here for years and then test them prior to granting permanent residency seems absurd.

Is this the sort of issue that the colleges or unions could be taking up?

You are right annelizeb, we are needing more nurses in Australia. If the Nursing Registration Boards have assessed a nurse as competent to practice here, why go through a second process



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Jun 10, 2016, 06:13 am

Hello, my name is Purplespider and I live in Virginia, USA.  I totally understand when you mention that we as a society need to make it easier for nurses.  Nurses are hard workers that work long hours, they stand on their feet for a long time, and they need to keep up with the latest nursing information.  I would contact your nursing supervisor wherever you work at to see what suggestions she has as far as working there and your working hours.  I wish you the best.  



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Jun 17, 2016, 04:56 am

I really enjoyed reading your discussion forum post because it struck home to me.  I too have had some difficulties with many duties all at once.  A few times, I had so many duties thrown at me that I had to tell my charge nurse that I can only do one thing at a time in order to do a good job for you.  She agreed and she gave me credit for speaking up about it.  I know that you are concerned about the nursing that is taking place oversees; especially the nursing shortages.  The advice that I can give you is to contact the nursing boards in your country and where you intend to live and see what they say.  I have had friends from oversees that came to the United States of America and they said that they contacted the boards in the state that they came to live.  I wish you the best.  Purplespider, CNA 



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Jul 15, 2016, 10:17 pm

I am always saying that in my mind when I read nursing articles.  In fact, I really wish that nursing supervisors would make it easier for nurses on the floor.  I always had so much to do all at once and finally I had to tell my supervisor that I would get to that in a minute or two.  I finally had to speak up and tell her that I could not handle everything at once.  It is hard to juggle everything at once.  So, I wish that other nursing staff would make the lives of the staff nurses much easier.  I think the best advice would be to speak up and make a voice for yourselves.  



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Feb 05, 2017, 03:28 pm

They should upskill Australian nurses and give them the jobs, problem solved!