I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of nurses who have just arrived or are about to emigrate to Adelaide and I thought I would share my experiences both positive and negative.
Firstly I will start with my current working condiations. I work on the orthopaedic unit at RAH and have been there since june 08. I really enjoy where I work as I now only have 4 patients. This is great as you provide the full care and know precisely what is happening with your patients. In the Uk I had 15 patients with HCA's and was constantly chasing my tail. Another important factor is that sicknes is always covered and I have never been telephoned at home to cover a shift. Also the Ward completes a bulletin at the end of every shift, so if for example you had a lot of sick patients the nursing manager will get extra staff for the ward. My salary seems better here but this is all variable, as depends on experience and hours etc. I work full time which is a 40 hour week and this means I get a paid day off every month extra as well.
The people I work with have been great and have really made me feel welcome and part of the team. I have found that nursing here seems very protocol driven, which can be very frustrating as I have been used to making my own decisions based on my knowledge. However I have found Australian nurses have a very simliar knowledge base to nurses in the UK.
I had many extended roles in the UK such as male catherterization, Cannulation and venepunture that I am not allowed to perform until I have them accreditated although I did bring all my certificates etc with me.
This is just a personal opinion but I feel nursing in Australia is far better than in the UK, of course you have the same ward politics and problems as in the UK. However I have not had a sleepless night here that has been work related and I had plenty of those in the UK. I also found nursing in the UK to be constant fight against time and managers and here managers seem to listen to their nursing team.
I am not anti UK nursing because I enjoyed my training and loved my old job but I have skipped across the world and the grass is certainly greener for me..
Hope that this helps any nurses thinking of coming over.