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Colin Murphy

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I have recently recieved my letter of eligibility from AHPRA, so will be able to work as a registered nurse when I arrive in Australia. My biggest challenge now, is to find an employer who is willing to sponsor me for a 457 Visa...

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Employment History

Since March 2009: Registered Nurse Dresden, Germany
PSY-S3, University Clinic, Dresden

Position on an open mental health ward, with the focus on addiction treatment.


o Being responsible for delivering specialised, holistic and well-planned care

o Recognise and assess the behaviours and interpret the meanings of these behaviours within this user-group

o Working in close partnership with the clients to empower them and develop their responsibility for their situation

o Being aware of and developing the healthy aspect of the client, and supporting the development of all components of their ADLs

o Working closely with the MDT in implementing group and individual therapies informed by aspects of the recovery approach

o In the acute withdrawal phase, assessing addiction clients using the CIWA (Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment) instrument, and where required administering medication


o Introduction and development of primary nurse model for the ward

o Assisting in the development of a short-hand care plan for the clients with alcohol problems

o Within the framework of the “Psychiatric Care Standards Group”, assisting on a unit level with the development of care standards for mental health

o Involvement with an auditing group working with IQIP (International Quality Indicator Project)

Nov 2007 – Feb 2009: Registered Nurse Dresden, Germany
NEU-S2 / -SU, University Clinic, Dresden

Position on a neurological emergency admissions ward combined with a stroke unit, working daily in acute and high stress situations


o Managing all aspects of neurological patient care, including evaluating neurological deficits and their effects on ADLs

o Stroke Monitoring by intracerebral haemorrhage and thrombolysis, administering medication, and informing medical personal and other MDT colleagues of relevant changes in the condition of the patient

o On occasion independently administering life-saving techniques until medical assistance arrived

Sep 2005 – Nov 2007: German Nurse Training

As there is no specific Mental Health Nurse training in Germany, I had to complete training as a general nurse (joining the training at the start of the 2nd academic year).

Aug 2001 – Sep 2003: Registered Mental Health Nurse London, England
Coborn Adolescent Service, St.Clements Hospital

Position in a newly opened service in inner-city London for young people aged 12 to18, suffering from mental health difficulties. Providing individualised packages of care within an acute inpatient, day patient and out-patient setting. Clinical and management supervision of qualified and unqualified colleagues.

o F-Grade Charge Nurse (Feb 2003 – Sep 2003)

o E-Grade Staff Nurse (Aug 2001 – Feb 2003)


o Promotion to Charge Nurse

o Assisting in the development of a brand new service

o Assisting in the development of therapy and activity based groups

o Assisting in the development of a Case Management framework to work with young people and their families / carers before, during and following their admission

Oct 1999 – Aug 2001: Registered Mental Health Nurse London, England
John Dickson Ward, Guy’s Hospital

First employment as a fully-qualified registered mental health nurse on an inner-city London acute admissions ward

o E-Grade Staff Nurse (Nov 2000 – Aug 2001)

o D-Grade Staff Nurse (Oct 1999 – Nov 2000)


o Initiated and developed a new care planning system for the ward

Summary of Clinical Skills & Responsibilities

Client & Family Care

Providing and maintaining a climate of trust for clients and, where appropriate, their families

Prioritising health needs of the service-user and identifying appropriate interventions

Providing person-centred and evidence-based care decisions and recommendations

Appropriate use of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, bearing in mind safety, cost, efficacy and the opinion of the client

Recognising and, in partnership, building on the strengths, knowledge and experience of the clients, whilst validating the teams’ findings with them

Providing, particularly within the mental health field, guidance, advice and support regarding management of the health / illness condition

Developing the service-users control over decision-making, to improve personal responsibility for their health / illness

Using risk assessments to manage risk effectively

Assessing the service-users motivation and capacity for learning about their condition, and creating a safe environment for effective learning

Reflect on own emotional response to interaction with service-users, and use this reflection to inform further therapeutic development

Using clinical supervision and self-evaluation effectively to improve care and practice

Demonstrating respect for the inherent dignity of every human being, whatever their age, gender, religion, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, and ethnic or cultural group

Safe administration of medication

Where necessary, safe usage of Control & Restraint techniques

Coordination & Management

Coordination of client admission, transfer and discharge

Working collaboratively with other health professionals and agencies

Shift coordination & personnel planning

Bed management on a ward and unit level

Induction & mentorship of new colleagues

Participating in the clinical & management supervision of both qualified and unqualified staff and being involved in teaching staff of all levels

Gaps in Employment History

Sep 2003 – Sep 2005: Move to Dresden, Germany

I left London to go and live and work in Dresden in Germany. Apart from a couple of part-time positions as a Social Assistant in an after school club and as a Support Worker in a residential setting for clients with chronic mental health and addiction problems, and due to initial difficulties with the language, I worked occasionally as a bank staff nurse on my old ward in London to help out financially, before re-training in Dresden from September 2005.


Professional Qualifications

King’s College, University of London, UK

Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing Studies (Mental Health) with distinction

Graduated: September 1999

Medical Vocational School, University Clinic, Dresden, Germany

State Examination in Nursing

Graduated: November 2007

Secondary Education

Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham, UK

A-levels (Mathematics, Biology, Psychology)

Graduated: July 1991


Writing songs, playing guitar and singing in bands

Mountain bike riding