This is the very first edition of Travel Nurse Australia newsletter.
In this edition we will hear a story from a Travel Nurse's experience in Roma -not the Italian Roma, the Outback Queensland Roma!
I will update news about the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's English Language Policy and any other important news from the Nursing fraternity in Australia!
I will also share some photos from my latest travel expedition in the Hunter Valley New South Wales
So read on for your Travel Nurse Update
Featured Travel Nurse Story
When in Roma!
I packed my bags, not knowing what I really would need, or want at my new life/work destination. My 'new boss' said to pack jumpers as the nights were cold, but it was the beginning of December, the start of Summer, and Roma was inland, heading to the outback, which is meant to be very hot ! I had never been inland before, much less towards the outback. I was from Scotland, and only knew Australian coastal living. I was confused, and so was my case, the case that was full to overflowing with all sorts of clothes for all sorts of temperatures.
The journey to Brisbane from the Gold Coast, early on a hot Friday morning was a disaster. I left too late, the traffic was abysmal, and so on and so forth, and I missed the plane.
As fortune would have it, there was another plane 2 hours later that I got a ticket for. The guy at the desk said I was extremely lucky, and I knew I was, as I had to get to Roma to get the handover from the Director of Nursing, who was going on holiday that day, and I was to act in her role for a month.
I got a message to the hospital that I had missed the plane, and would be arriving later. I got picked up at the airport, (which was very wee). Lucky I do not have a fear of flying, as the plane was also wee.
I arrived at the hospital after very kindly being shown Roma by my 'tour guide', and having dropped of my overflowing luggage at the hospital accommodation.
I can sum up my one month in Roma as the Acting DON simply by saying, it was great. People both in the hospital and the town and surrounding areas were very friendly and welcoming, without exception. At a very busy time of the year, what with Christmas and the floods, everyone was happy to be patient with me, to take the time to explain, and to understand that I was not yet acclimatised with country town living, and country town nursing, Australian style. I was very grateful that I had had the time and experience of living and working in a country town/hospital in Scotland, and I had worked/lived as a midwife in Brunei. These experiences stood me in 'good stead'.
So, if you are thinking of going rural or remote, I can recommend it. What a great experience, and what great, professional, people to work with that provide excellent care!
I liked it so much, I stayed !!
The Nursing and Midwifery Board have not yet relaesed a fnalised standard in relation to the English Language requirement for Overseas nurses. Here is an extract from the proposed standard that was sent for consultation in November 2010. The proposed standard has removed the requirement for overseas nurses to show completion of secondary education in English. Here is an extract.
An applicant who was taught and assessed in his or her tertiary, entry to practice nursing and/or midwifery education in English in the countries listed here:
• New Zealand
• Republic of Ireland
• South Africa
• United Kingdom and/or
• United States of America
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