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I shall tell my friend who is being paid $23 an hour for day shifts with only a cert 3 in aged care that she is a lucky girl and not to quit her job!
Yes I do . I've never had a problem.
check out www.hendercare.com.au I met the CEO on thursday and landed myself a Support Staff Coordinators job, it is a nursing and support staff agency, I am sure you can find out all of your info you need about the private and public sector of nursing, aged care workers etc..
would be funny if it was me who ends up teeing up jobs for you there!!
Good Luck and I'll try and find out a bit more info in the next week or two for you.
Spoke to our nursing/aged care department today, when you arrive call Hendercare and ask to speak to Michelle, I gave a brief outline of your situation today and she'll be happy to answer any of your questions! Tell her Danni sent you!
If your going to do Agency go with NASANSB, they pay more than other agencies and are the agency of choice for most Aged Care Facilities
Thanks for all the replys, lots of useful info.
I'll look up Hendercare and NASANSB and see what they offer. I'm not sure whether to look for a permanent position or do some agency work. I suppose it would depend on how much aged care nursing in oz differs from the UK.
Does anyone know if I should familiarise myself with any particular area before landing in SA?? Perhaps something used in oz that we're not familiar with in UK.
Its pretty much the norm for me to be working on my own as a nurse. Would be nice to work alongside another nurse for a change.
Thaks again for all the useful info, wages are around what I thought. I'm waiting to hear from SA for SS. Hopefully not be too long.
Its very different from the Uk, restraint is still used here regularly unfortunatley, i found it very confrounting when i first arrived. Some are not for profit, which in my opinion are better than private homes. 1 RN on late shifts and at weekends are often in charge (depending on how many RN's there are on shift) though you'd still have unit to look after as well.
I'd suggest having a look at ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument) Department of Health and Ageing - Welcome to the Aged Care Funding Instrument
This is the tool thats used to determine funding for residents. Validation visits happen usually once or twice a year, then Accreditation for lisence happens 2 yrly the same as the UK, differnce is though if all of the Standards are met, you can get Accredited for up to 3 years at a time (though you still get x2 visits a year) http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ma...-rcmindx1.html
Most facilities use computer documentation, the most common being ICARE, Lee Care, People Point, Autumn Care. Some are easier to navigate than others, but they're not to bad.
I really would consider agency work to start with, it will give you an insight into good/bad places and help when you decide to go perm. The money is better to with agency, especially afternoon /night shifts.
Not for profit homes also offer salary sacrifice, which basically means you can earn 16k a year before tax.
Shout if theres any other information you'd like :) best of luck