First, you need to register with Nursing and Midwifery Council (state registration) to practise in UK. Australian qualification is generally acceptable but you need to submit certain documents and get it assessed, This can take some time:Hello!
I am heading over to the UK in May for a working holiday and I am a registered nurse. Does anyone have any advice - given the current economic climate - for finding a job - is there plenty of nursing jobs?
Also anything about accomodation or other general information I would really appreciate!
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You can start the process before leaving home.
Secondly, you need police clearance called CRB enhanced disclosure. Try to get criminal record check in Australia. This will speed things up.
National Police Checks - Australian Federal Police
Thirdly, jobs. Agency work is probably your best bet and you should be able to find it. Be selective in with whom you go for, as quality and helpfulness vary a lot. Best opportunities exist for those with specialist experience and qualification, such as in trauma/A&E, theatre work, oncology and mental health. Also look for opportunities in residential and nursing homes, and private hospitals/clinics.
Accommodation etc. Best to book yourself into a hostel for a week or so to start with and then find a flat or house share locally.
Nursing Jobs London : Nurses 4 London : Nursing Jobs Agency UK is a good site.