Melbourne is known to be one of the most desirable places to live and to travel to for a working holiday. Australian Nursing Agency trading as SwingShift Nurses in Melbourne is seeking nursing professionals from overseas looking for either casual or permanent nursing positions. In Melbourne you can have a great work-life balance, a range of amazing places to travel to and world standard facilities to work in. We ask Eric Smith, Director of Australian Nursing Agency, a few questions to help you find out all you need to know about agency nursing in Melbourne.
First of all, what would you say is the best thing about nursing in Australia?
“It’s difficult to pick out what the best thing is about nursing in Australia, but I would mainly say that the facilities and standards of health services are amongst the best in the world, the wages are great, you have manageable and flexible work hours and great opportunities for ongoing professional development. Also, Australia is one of the most popular destinations in the world for people to migrate and travel too due to the weather, lifestyle, the economy and the adventures you experience when travelling around the country”
Australian Nursing Agency operates from Melbourne, Victoria; how does Melbourne compare to other cities such as Sydney or Brisbane for nursing?
“Well, of course Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world many times over. From an agency perspective, Melbourne offers the most flexible and varied work opportunities for agency nurses due to the way public and private sectors work with agencies. They value agency nurses and work closely with us to ensure we always provide the right nurse for the job. There are a large number of health services so there exists a wide range of choice for nursing professionals”
For nurses eligible for a working holiday visa what’s the main thing they need to do before booking their trip?
“Obtain their national nurse registration through AHPRA. Now this process can take some time to organise so I advise that you start early! The second most important thing to do is pack your sunscreen!”
How flexible are the shifts? Do you have to work weekends/nights or can you pick and choose?
“Agency nurses can choose where they work, when they work and how often. Our nurses have total flexibility with their working hours and we have work available every shift for every day of the year.”
What kind of hours could nurses expect to work to earn enough to pay for rent, food, entertainment and travel?
“Agency nurses are paid at a casual rate and we also pay higher than award rates. Agency nurses can expect 20-30 hours per week and this should provide plenty of income to do whatever travellers wish to. A lot of our travelling nurses work full time for a few months and save enough money so that they don’t have to work as they travel. We also pay for parking and provide a very attractive rewards program.”
Are there any nurses who you can’t get jobs? Is there any particular qualification required to work in Australia?
“Any nurse or midwife wishing to work in Australia as a nurse must first have national registration with AHPRA. Only midwives and nurses with a nursing degree are eligible for registration. We now offer AHPRA assistance to help nurses turn around their AHPRA application in as short a time as possible”
What’s the first step to signing up to ANA? How quickly can someone start nursing in Australia?