Guest Stella and Dave

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    Hi everyone, I need some guidance!

     

    I'm stella, I have worked in primary care for 15 years, 10 as a district nurse and 5 as a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care. I have applied for gp plus initiative, and have been offered a position but its only part-time. being the major breadwinner I need to get more hours so have approached the rdns for bank work if it exists. I have been off work for 6 weeks and am itching to start but I've lost the plot a :goofy:bit !!!!

    From what I gather clinical nurse specialists are few and far between, which does not concern me as I could do with a rest from that anyway. But I've lost my direction a bit.

    if i had no luck with rdns where would i start looking for work? I havnt worked in a hospital for 15 years, could i do it and would they even consider me? Primary care is different to the UK, I'm lost, any suggestions, i feel i should stay in primary care as thats where I'm most comfortable but not sure how, my first love is district nursing though, are there plenty of these jobs available?

    Sorry if I'm waffling, Stel.

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    Hi everyone, I need some guidance!

     

    I'm stella, I have worked in primary care for 15 years, 10 as a district nurse and 5 as a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care. I have applied for gp plus initiative, and have been offered a position but its only part-time. being the major breadwinner I need to get more hours so have approached the rdns for bank work if it exists. I have been off work for 6 weeks and am itching to start but I've lost the plot a :goofy:bit !!!!

    From what I gather clinical nurse specialists are few and far between, which does not concern me as I could do with a rest from that anyway. But I've lost my direction a bit.

    if i had no luck with rdns where would i start looking for work? I havnt worked in a hospital for 15 years, could i do it and would they even consider me? Primary care is different to the UK, I'm lost, any suggestions, i feel i should stay in primary care as thats where I'm most comfortable but not sure how, my first love is district nursing though, are there plenty of these jobs available?

    Sorry if I'm waffling, Stel.

     

     

    RDNS have actually just advertised for a CNC in pallative care based at beveley site which is on port road, i saw the advert on friday might be worth giving them a ring though im not sure if its interneal applicants only . SAPS is the pallative care team based at the repat might also be worth giving them a ring, there are clinical nurse positions but they are few and far between. I work for RDNS and the pallative care team are excellent but its bit different than the uk, rdns are always looking for experienced staff and there is also home support services http://homesupportservices.com.au/ another community organistation. You could also try NASAnsb nrsing agency too http://nasansb.com.au/.

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    RDNS have actually just advertised for a CNC in pallative care based at beveley site which is on port road, i saw the advert on friday might be worth giving them a ring though im not sure if its interneal applicants only . SAPS is the pallative care team based at the repat might also be worth giving them a ring, there are clinical nurse positions but they are few and far between. I work for RDNS and the pallative care team are excellent but its bit different than the uk, rdns are always looking for experienced staff and there is also home support services http://homesupportservices.com.au/ another community organistation. You could also try NASAnsb nrsing agency too http://nasansb.com.au/.

     

    Agree with all Claire has suggested, i think (and Claire would be able to clarify this) that NASA supply RDNS with casual nurses too.

    There are some other community based nursing organisations: Community Care Professionals (based on Brighton Rd) and Adelaide Hills Community nurses (Belaire i think) ... CCP wages are not nearly as competative as Adelaide Hills (which is i believe is on par with RDNS)

    I work casually for Home Support Services and they're always looking for good road nurses, wages aren't too bad either :)

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    thanks a load to you both, will get on the case tomorrow. x

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    RDNS have actually just advertised for a CNC in pallative care based at beveley site which is on port road, i saw the advert on friday might be worth giving them a ring though im not sure if its interneal applicants only . SAPS is the pallative care team based at the repat might also be worth giving them a ring, there are clinical nurse positions but they are few and far between. I work for RDNS and the pallative care team are excellent but its bit different than the uk, rdns are always looking for experienced staff and there is also home support services http://homesupportservices.com.au/ another community organistation. You could also try NASAnsb nrsing agency too http://nasansb.com.au/.

    hi clare, thanks for advice. what are rdns like to work for? in the uk dns were worked so hard, many left to find other posts. they had to keep working over and little support from management, is the work home balance better in oz? or do they expect you to work unpaid overtime too? i just wanted an honest opinion, many thanks stella

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    hi clare, thanks for advice. what are rdns like to work for? in the uk dns were worked so hard, many left to find other posts. they had to keep working over and little support from management, is the work home balance better in oz? or do they expect you to work unpaid overtime too? i just wanted an honest opinion, many thanks stella

     

    ok honest head on, myself i came from hdu and emergency background and personally find it quite relaxed in comparison but i know uk dns have found it difficult. Your day is split into minutes so you have to have so many in home minutes, travelling time etc. In general its not too bad, can be stressful if something goes wrong (which with patients it genrally does). We are also very techno we have pda's which takes a bit of getting used to. I honestly love my job , im bascially my own boss once im out in the round and its very autonomous. But, you have to be flexible, i havent had a problem of finishing on time, its just the norm of time management, start at 8am finsih 4.30 pm. You do have to stand your ground though i find,in terms of workload and uk nurses make up a high percentage of RDNS, their skills are highly valued and if youve been a dn in uk you will get a job easily im sure. If you send me your details i can speak to my nurse manager if you like?

     

    just to add if you go over your allocated hours you can claim toil, ive never had to do it yet to be honest.

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    thanks clare, i actually have an interview with rdns on monday a.m. down at port road, i really fancy it but i had heard a few negatives about amount of work and working over etc, i don't mind working hard but i did not fancy giving my free time for nothing all the time, and i really hoped it wasn't expected. did too much of that in uk, won't again. hope we'll bump into each other one day, stel x p.s. i thought you were going back to uk a while ago, did you change your mind?

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