Hi, My hubby is a Neo-natal intensive care nurse & since our reccie back in Nov 2007 has kept in touch by email with Flinders (when we were there, he was shown around the unit and basically told that with his skills, he would not be turned away for a job).
We are thinking (as we now have possible tennants lined up for our house here as its still not selling) that we will be in arriving in January. Basically, we dont have the cash to arrive & then look for work - he needs to have a job secured before we go.
He called his contact at Flinders and was told that there were no jobs at the min and they would not be able to hold something for him til Jan, although said they still were very interested in him (not much use unless there's a job too)and to call back in Oct / Nov. He was also told that almost nationally in Oz - that nurses are just on 12 mnth contracts now
So yesterday he spoke to an agency in London who were nearly tripping over themselves that we've already got our visas but told him they'd only got a couple vacancies - somewhere in NSW & somewhere in Tasmania
What do we do now???? We want to be in Adelaide NOT Tasmania!!!! Flinders was the best hospital because we want to live somewhere like Mount Barker, Mount Lofty, or Mclaren Vale... but now anywhere around Adelaide is going to be preferable than somewhere not even in SA!!!!!!!!!!
If anyone has any contact names for other hospitals which have neonatal units then I'd be really glad to hear from you - or even the name of a good nursing agency that he contact from here would be fab. Really starting to worry now as we seem to have been up against it in one way or another from the start and now this is the final hurdle. We've even said he could go on ahead of me if a job came up for him and me and the children could follow on. Just don't know why there are suddenly no jobs?
Any help / contact names or even info on what is going on with nursing jobs at the moment very much appreciated.