018 - Being a Nurse in New Zealand. The Truth From The Wards
If you are a nurse and you are thinking of moving to New Zealand then you are going to love this show.
Today we meet Katie, Maile and Victoria - three very valuable and loved members of the private NZ Ahead community! These fabulous nurses all recently moved to New Zealand.
Victoria (from the UK) works in Wellington and Maile & Katie (both from the USA) work in Dunedin.
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Being a Nurse in New Zealand. Show Notes
In this week's show, Maile, Victoria and Katie discuss:
- General environment - including patient ratios, support staff, the attitude of doctors to nurses, attitudes of families and patients
- Different slang/medical terms
- Salary, working with unions. Also holidays, hours worked, differential pay
- Government-run healthcare - less money to go around than private run, impacts on equipment, charting (still a lot of paper charting), lack of Pyxis, waits for tests if not in the hospital.
- Training of nurses and other staff, for example, house officers, registrars, consultants, and PDRP
- How accepted are tattoos, piercings, and unnatural hair colours for nurses?
- How different is the hiring process? How are the interviews conducted?
- Did anyone have a difficult time with the registration process that required you to submit an appeal?
- How different are their certifications (e.g. ACLS, BLS, PALS, etc.)?
- Since they have universal health care, does that mean that have the same policy and procedures across all public hospitals or is it still unit/hospital-specific? Is there a shared nursing model across all hospitals? I am completely ignorant of the day to day operations of socialized medicine
- What is their leadership structure like for nurses? I'm assuming they have other names for charge nurses, clinical managers, chief nursing officers, etc.
- Do they support nursing advancement? Is there tuition reimbursement for post-graduate education?
- Is the patient at the centre of the care?
- How are inpatient rounds typically conducted? Is nursing involved and other disciplines involved?
- Are there social workers and case managers?
- Do healthcare workers generally seem happy in NZ?
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