Nursing in Australia: A Guide to Working and Living as a Nurse Down Under.
I recently had the opportunity to review this brand new e-book written by Emma Bates from Nursing In Australia.
Here’s a little background on the Author Emma Bates:
“I am a nurse (originally from the UK), who came to Australia to work 6 years ago. Previously, there had been nothing in the way of a practical handbook to guide overseas qualified nurses trying to make the transition into Australia.
This eBook aims to assist nurses in their travels from all countries around the globe into Australia, ensuring they nurse effectively and settle into the Australian Health Service, as well as reducing the chances of them leaving as a result of not settling.”
Having read numerous e-books online before, I have to say that the first thing I noticed about Nursing In Australia was the sheer volume of information it contains. A fairly detailed and descriptive 6 pages of introduction and background leads us to the contents page, where we find out that there are around 360 pages in total in this book – a massive amount of information compared with many other e-books. Expect to discover a really, really comprehensive guide to nursing in Australia.
I should note also that the information is well laid out and follows a continuous, logical sequence which is split into three main categories. This allows for the reader to read the book from start to finish, or flip to the area they are most interested in. Let’s have a look.
Planning Your Trip
The first section of this e-book is all about the planning and processes involved with living and working in Australia. It covers topics such as types of work available, background info on Australia, where to live, recommended planning processes and checklists, and a huge amount of information on types of visa’s and recommendations specific to Australia.
One thing I noticed throughout reading this section is just how important it is to be aware of this information, and how overlooking something small could potentially affect your overall travel experience. Proper planning, preparation and knowing about time requirements/deadlines specific to Australia can really make the difference between a good travel experience or an extremely under-prepared one.
This section also explores requirements for entry and registration as a nurse in Australia, tips on how to interview and find the right job for you, use of health recruitment services or agencies, and occupation screening.
What To Expect
Just like any foreign country, Australia has customs, laws and cultural trends that differ from the rest of the world. Part two of this e-book informs you on a whole range of these issues, with practical examples of what you can expect and how the systems work in the Australian Health Service.
“As a newcomer to the Australian health service you are going to come across a number of challenges as you learn about new practices and frameworks, and behaviours that differ from the health care background you are from.
Don’t let that put you off, as once you get started you will overcome these challenges in no time at all.”
Just to give you an indication of how comprehensive this section is, just a handful of the topics include:
- Familiarising yourself with the Australian Health Service
- Nursing Clinical Specialties
- Australian Nursing Qualifications
- Nursing Orientation and Mandatory Skills
- Administering Medication in Australia
- Grading Systems, Nursing Salaries and Salary Packaging
Living In Australia
Part three of this e-book is all about living in Australia. This section is really about making your transition to Australian culture as seamless as possible.
Some of the topics here include specific information on travel, managing bank accounts, currency information, climate, tax issues, social culture, government and voting and much more.
Who is this book for?
Nursing In Australia introduces itself as “A step-by-step guide for overseas nurses, midwives and international nursing students wanting to understand the process of how to work and study in Australia as a nurse.”
Let me just say that this e-book manages to meet this claim and a whole lot more. For any new or seasoned nurses intending to travel or work in Australia, this e-book is a very valuable resource. I would even go so far to suggest that this book would even be great for nurses who are training in Australia. In particular, the section on the Australian Health System contains ‘insider information’ on structure and hierarchy that is just not taught to new nurses.
“The eBook aims to equip internationally qualified nurses with information prior to arriving in Australia and starting work in the health service.
It includes what preparation nurses need to undertake (and what they need to know up front), how much it will cost, where to live and how to obtain the right visa, as well as lots of technical information from hospitals and jobs to drug calculation checklists and National Inpatient Medication Charts.”
Some of the interesting bonuses found in the e-book include a section on Drug Calculations, Australian Life Support, CPR Guidelines for Adults and Paediatrics, Medical/Nursing Acronyms and Abbreviations, and lists of Public & Private hospitals.
I was also surprised to find that this e-book has a huge amount of outgoing links to relevant businesses, web sites and research material pointing to exactly where you need to go for further information on a topic or subject.
The research that has gone into putting this e-book together is very impressive – it really is a comprehensive resource. From a pure layout perspective my only critique is that I personally prefer left-justified text to fully-justified for reading on screen text, however it looks and reads really well printed out.
In short, I highly recommend that you download a copy for yourself. It really is the only book that you need to have if you are considering travelling or working as a Nurse In Australia.
-> Click Here to immediately download your own copy of Nursing In Australia.
Update: If you’d love some info on nursing in Australia but don’t need all the travel / visa information, consider checking out the cheaper companion product: Nursing in the Australian Health Service.
Feedback from Nurses on this E-book:
- “Your book looks great”
- “This is fantastic and much needed”
- “I would like to congratulate you on such a fantastic publication. Every single
question I have ever been asked. The information is accurate and set out in a
format that is easy to read”
- “Over 200 pages of essential information for nurses and midwives wishing to
migrate and work!!!”
- “This is fantastic and much needed. I’ll let our nursing candidates know about
your site and ebook.”
*A number of universities and nursing colleges have bought the ebooks and are using it as part of their currculim.