Decided that your nursing career needs a shake up? After all that training to become a nurse, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ve earned yourselves some universal skills meaning that you could combine both travelling and nursing.
After all, nurses are needed all over the world, but for those of you who have trained in an English speaking country – Australia makes for an attractive option when it comes to nursing overseas.
Australia is a great choice for UK or Irish trained nurses are there is no language barrier and the healthcare system in Australia is pretty similar to what you are used to. This makes it easy to make the transition – despite being on the other side of the world.
For nurses on a working holiday visa, nursing is a great way to fund your travels, whilst adding to your CV. Here, we take a look at the ins and outs of nursing in Australia.
How do you get a nursing job in Australia?
You may be about to google “nursing jobs in Australia”, but let’s just remind you of one fact… Australia is a vast country! So you might want to narrow your search a little and think about what city you might like to settle close to. Melbourne is a popular option for overseas nurses and has a really cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Using a Nursing Agency in Melbourne
Random searches online may prove difficult to actually narrow down where you want to be in Melbourne – especially when you may have no idea of the lay of the land when moving to a new city. This is where the helping hand of a nursing agency can benefit you.
Speaking with a nursing agency in Melbourne will no doubt set you off on the right path to finding nursing jobs in Melbourne. A healthcare recruitment agency will be able to do all the legwork for you as they’re first in the know about available nursing roles in the city and what’s more – they’ll be able to talk you through the paperwork side of things.
Finding Accommodation in Melbourne
Hostels are a great place to stay whilst finding your feet in a new city. Discovery Melbourne, a real gem located in the heart of the CBD. You can find comfortable dorms, a roof terrace equipped with bbqs and even a cinema room. The vibe here is friendly and relaxed and it’s a great place to meet fellow nurses and travellers.
If you’re after something with a sea view, Base Hostel in St Kilda is also great. It’s been voted one of the 10 hippest hostels in the world by Lonely Planet, so you can’t really go wrong. Book either place through a hostelling website such as hostelbookers.com, or direct with the hostels themselves for great deals.
Renting & Flatshares in Melbourne
If you’ve found a great nursing contract and plan on staying a while, renting a room in a shared apartment can be a fun and cost effective option. Browse websites like Gumtree and roomates.com for listings, check hostel noticeboards and concentrate your search in locations close to universities (these will be at the lower end of the budget, meaning more money for fun). It’s also worth making sure your accommodation is near to the hospital or healthcare centre you work at, as with any nursing job you could be working night shifts and therefore want to be close to where you’re working to make the most out of your time off the clock.
But be sure to check out the room – and contract thoroughly before committing. Renting can be a great way to form lasting friendships and really feel like one of the locals. You can also search for potential roommates to buddy up with and accommodation through the “Working Holiday Nurses in Melbourne Facebook Group”.
If you want to find out more about how to find nursing jobs in Melbourne, speak with one of the recruitment team at Australian Nursing Agency at email@example.com and browse their jobs board for the latest Nursing jobs in Melbourne at www.australiannursingagency.com.au