If you are looking for a change of lifestyle this year, but not a different career path then you may wish to consider taking your skills as a qualified nurse to another country. Australia, with no language barriers, can offer an easy transition for English speaking nurses, so here are 6 reasons to nurse in Australia.
Whilst some nursing jobs can be tedious and leave you feeling drained, the quality of care in Australia is of a high standard, giving you the ability to focus on patient care and the little things that matter. All of which is achievable due to lower patient to nurse ratios!
Australia is at the cutting edge of the health care industry and there are ample training opportunities available to nurses, enhancing and developing your skills and knowledge.
Nurses in Australia can expect to receive a higher than average salary. Positions in rural areas, where there are particular skills shortages may offer higher salaries as an incentive to attract qualified and experienced health workers to the area, meaning registered nurses can take advantage of better pay and discover areas outside of the main towns and cities.
It isn’t always work, work, work. Australian nurses work an average of around 33 hours per week giving you more time to explore and enjoy your surroundings and discover your new country. Agency nurses in particular can take advantage of flexible working hours and combine employment with the opportunity to travel around Australia – perfect for nurses on a Working Holiday Visa.
With year-round sunshine encouraging an active, outdoor lifestyle, there are numerous health benefits to living and working in Australia.
Although many overseas nurses will work in Australia on temporary visas, it’s not unusual for them to fall in love with their new surroundings. If you are looking for permanent residency in Australia, a nursing job will not guarantee this, however it may increase your chances as nurses are classed as a skilled occupation on the SOL (Skilled Occupation List). For those looking to migrate to Australia on a more permanent basis then a Skilled Migrant Visa is the best option for you to use your nursing skills to live and work in Australia.