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  1. Phoenix16

    Nurse wanting to emigrate. Where do I start?

    Before you go the the painful and expensive lengths of registration I would look at the demand for nurses in Australia and you will see it is now limited. Most states no longer sponsor nurses and whilst its still on the list for immigration, the job market is not what it was. Before you start your journey, I would just say it is a very expensive one, that will land you in a very expensive county, and whilst nurses earn quite a bit more than the UK, its relative to the living expenses in OZ. I was on placements with nurses who were really frustrated about their inability secure full time employment, most were bitting and batting with part time contracts here and there, trust me its dire right now.
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    shopping in oz

    I do, personally, think there are some great options in OZ, Witchery and Country Road are brilliant, CR I tend to think of as the NEXT I left home, they can be pricey, but we have Kmart, and I can honestly say beats any Primark (as in the one I left 8 years ago so I don't know what its like now!), although a few joggers I bought in Kmart last year are still brilliant and wearing even better than when I bought them. I think its subjective, come to OZ with am open mind but feel free to order your favourite bit online, just don't assume you can't get it here, you might be surprised about all the awesome things you actually can get here xxxxx
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    shopping in oz

    Country Road is my fave, Witchery i also recommend. I don’t order from overseas anymore (except books!), I find everything I want here in OZ, also Seafolly, swimwear / beachwear to die for!!
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    I know from reading your posts you’re dealing with a lot of things but WOW, house moves alone.. you’re so brave!! When I joined the site you were in Melbourne and since then you have travelled so far, if you write the book of your travels I promise I will be the first to buy!! Xxx
  5. Every order I make overseas warns me that Australian customs may charge me GST, I still click ‘buy’ With that in mind and when a delivery takes much longer than forecast I assume customs are looking at my purchases and working out a GST bill, the fact I’ve never received one is not my problem. I don’t recall ever having VAT or other taxes taken off my purchases either, happy to pay GST, even the double whammy approach can often be cheaper than onshore prices.
  6. I use amazon UK to send my niece and nephew gift vouchers to their UK addresses for birthdays / Christmas, will this be affected? I am also a massive reader so for myself I order tons of books I can’t get over here... Amazon Aus is rubbish, expensive and usually the books I want can only be ordered as ebooks and unfortunately I’m a traditional book reader, sniffing the pages and bending the spine in anticipation of a fab read are essentials! I will be upset I feel I can’t sent my family the.vouchers they like to receive, but in terms of books I shall divert my business to book depository or booktopia, shame on Amazon.
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    Nursing in UK

    Yeah!, I’m getting good at writing SC, had lots of practice!! However, could you advise what is a reasonable length of writing for each SC, with grads we have to do it in 250 words but for level 1 nursing jobs I’ve had differing opinions from nurses, one told me he would write 2-3 pages for each criteria.....? I’m trying to work out what’s the right balance to grab the recruiters attention, give enough detail without boring them too much also!!
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    Nursing in UK

    Lots of great ideas to think about, thank you everyone ?, just gotta keep trying and being positive, something will come up, there’s another grad recruitment coming up too and I am still eligible to apply so will also give that another shot xx
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    Nursing in UK

    Yep, everting you say is true!! I don’t want to move back to UK, but the nursing profession is so dire here, I’m thinking 12 months in UK gives me the experience I need then I can return with much more credibility, it’s a tough gig here right now, My only chance of a grad program is waving bye to my family and taking my chances in the uk, it’s shocking....
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    Nursing in UK

    So I am dual UK/AZ citizen, I have graduated as an RN, but because of the dire situation here I cannot start my career as an RN, I am wondering whether 12 months working in the UK will help my cause. The job situation in WA is particularly grim, I’m hoping I can work in UK for 12 months which involves leaving my family behind, but the only way I can gain experience in order to have credibility as a nurse is 12 months experience post grad. What will I encounter in terms of registration? I’m relying heavily on my UK citizenship for this, can anyone help with advice xx
  11. We cannot even begin to imagine what happened in this case but I agree with your sentiments. Ironically my hubby did a 'ride for suicide' rally today with all of his workmates, to basically raise money and awareness. what I cannot and never will understand is when those who are so desperate feel they also need to take other, innocent, people with them.
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    Its Eurovison Again!!

    So, as the title of the group suggests, I just know i'm going to get chewed up with the fat, but hey ho here goes, Who's watching Eurovision (very early tomorrow!!)!! I am and i'm proud! As its mothers day ive got a free pass to slob all day on the sofa, hubbys set the alarm for me for 4am (the voting is the best!), he's promised me a delicious brekkie, could anything be more perfect!!!! (PS our fave brekkie place got booked out months ago for Mothers Day so i'm really happy to get a second Mothers Day next weekend when it literally will be quiet, relaxing and simply perfect, win win for me!!!)
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    Australian Citizenship - Is it worth getting?

    I’ve been a citizen for the last 3 years and can only recall being required to vote once! Luckily in WA we have the choice to vote in local elections it seems it’s only the federal elections we have to vote in. However, I do recall a friend of mine who told me she had lived in NSW and didn’t vote in an election as she was out of the country only to receive a letter telling her she’d had her driving licence suspended for 28 days for failing to vote ??!, and yes, voting is a pain, I’m with you, why can’t we just tick one box! I smiled at all the candidates as I left and said yeah I voted for ya, cos I had to literally vote for everyone in order of preference!!!
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    Time limit to travel after visa being granted

    Your comment ‘as yet....’ indicates some degree of uncertainty and a 457 is so the wrong visa to arrive in OZ on if there is even a sniff of uncertainty. It really was once the ‘golden ticket’, but not anymore and will just cause you such stress if there is any uncertainty in your job security. If Australia interests you then I would really recommend you look into permanent visas as your route of entry, so many more opportunities will be available to you with a permanent visa. I wish you all the best on your journey xxx
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    Thoughts and Ideas please xxxxx

    He’s being stubborn! He’s more upbeat these days, he’s focusing on his diet and trying to be as healthy as he can, work is grinding him down, particularly the travel, I’m just trying to make life as easy as possible for him and ensure his down time is quality time where he gets the opportunity to relax. I honestly do think the stress/pressure he’s under at the moment is causing many of his issues so I’m doing everything I can to make home his sanctuary and place of peace. We both know he can’t sustain this forever and I think we will make some big decisions when he gets through the current demanding work pressures that are linked to a specific contract negotiation that is finally reaching a positive resolution, there will be some breathing space after that and I think it’s the time we will have a chat about some big changes! It looks like I might finally get my nursing career off the ground (worse time ever in the industry to graduate as a nurse!!) which could possibly allow him to step back a little. Will keep you posted and thank you so much for your thoughts xxxxx