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Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:09 pm

I recently finished my RN1 degree but  I missed my grad year. Currently I am doing nursing work through an agency. It sometimes go hard when staff doesnot provide support as sometimes I ask questions to clarify. One place doesn't want me again. Have other nurses experienced the same problem and how did they overcome this. Please post and share.



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Feb 24, 2013, 09:39 am

Hi Rachal,

I’m in my 3rd year nursing and will be applying for the Grad Programme2014.  Could you please share your experience in working at hospitals without doing your grad programme.  Is it easy to obtain work thru nurse agency and have you worked at hospitals.  Please share anything that may help me achieve the grad prog(also interview do & donts )



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Mar 19, 2013, 03:28 pm Last edited Mar 19, 2013, 03:28 pm update #1


If you don't get a new grad position, you might end up in a 'catch 22' situation. All hope is not lost though, you can still apply for permanent job in different hospitals, go rural nursing or attempt to go for inter-state new grads position. It just that you don't get as much support as a new grad if you ended up in a permanent position. (But hey! It is better than being jobless.)

I strongly suggest that you do not go agency nursing, until you have experience in working in a hospital or unless you are perfectly confident in your ability to adapt. The hospital that employs you is on a 'as needed' basis and hence you will not get a stable working ward and people who you work with will be different all the time. Example, you are working in ward A in day 1, but working in ward B in day 2, so there is no time for you to understand the working culture and the expertise that is required in each ward. I doubt the staffs there will be supportive in teaching you the basic because of the above reason as well.

Each states have different starting dates and requirement of their new grads. Eg. Queensland seems to take GPA very seriously, while NSW takes all result from that single interview. If you are in NSW, then I might be able to offer some advice, if not, well~ good luck with your application!

modified: Tuesday 19 March 2013 3:28:47 pm - seraphim

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