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hi! Ive applied for an assessment for RN in NSW. I can say that I know very much on the how to's in applying for bridging course in Australia since I did it on my own. I got the recommendation letter from the board and was... Read More


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    Quote from isobelle
    HI. Good day everyone. Got my initial assessment from NMB-NSW. It states that I may not be eligible for the BP. I emailed them regarding this and this is their reply: they have actually received all the necessary documents and my papers are already with the case officer. Unfortunately, there was also a statement that said that on the council's discretion, applicant's from the Philippines cannot be granted the eligibility because most students coming from the Phils study only for 10 years before entering the university (they mean, Elementary for 6 years, and HS for 4 years). Australian education requires 13 years of study before they can enter the university. I already told them that I also underwent 13 years of study (because of 3 years pre-schooling) and asked if I can send additional docs but they said that it wouldn't be necessary. They also said that Universities here are not similar to Australian Universities. They gave me other options though: 1.) apply as an enrolled nurse 2.) do further study and enter as a post-graduate -- I have already inquired about this and it means that I'm going to study for 2 more years!! Tuition is soaring high as 12,000 AUD per semester!!! However, they also told me that the assessment is not yet final, and I should wait for their final assessment. But thinking about it, it seems that they aren't going to grant me that BP eligibility. I guess i'll just have to wait after July 1st for the new registration scheme.
    May i ask if you are a second courser? Maybe it would've helped if you sent them the diploma from your first course
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    Quote from isobelle
    HI. Good day everyone. Got my initial assessment from NMB-NSW. It states that I may not be eligible for the BP. I emailed them regarding this and this is their reply: they have actually received all the necessary documents and my papers are already with the case officer. Unfortunately, there was also a statement that said that on the council's discretion, applicant's from the Philippines cannot be granted the eligibility because most students coming from the Phils study only for 10 years before entering the university (they mean, Elementary for 6 years, and HS for 4 years). Australian education requires 13 years of study before they can enter the university. I already told them that I also underwent 13 years of study (because of 3 years pre-schooling) and asked if I can send additional docs but they said that it wouldn't be necessary. They also said that Universities here are not similar to Australian Universities. They gave me other options though: 1.) apply as an enrolled nurse 2.) do further study and enter as a post-graduate -- I have already inquired about this and it means that I'm going to study for 2 more years!! Tuition is soaring high as 12,000 AUD per semester!!! However, they also told me that the assessment is not yet final, and I should wait for their final assessment. But thinking about it, it seems that they aren't going to grant me that BP eligibility. I guess i'll just have to wait after July 1st for the new registration scheme.
    If you did not graduate from an aus recognized uni you'll only be assessed as EN. Denying you bp eligibilty bec you dont have 13 yrs of education is ridiculous bec first, aus educ is 12 years not 13 years and second, plenty of Filipinos have did their bp already so if that's the case then we wouldn't hear of Filipinos doing their bp and these forums will not exist in the first place. There's no muh difference in the present assessment with the natl registration assessment so I think your assessment after July will still be the same. Being 2nd or 1st courser doesn't matter bec assessment is case by case situation. Instead of studying 2 yrs, you can opt for the 1 yr conversion or just pray that a miracle will come comes July.
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    Quote from Julia heartily
    May i ask if you are a second courser? Maybe it would've helped if you sent them the diploma from your first course
    HI. No, i am not a second courses and I have 3 years hospital experience as well.
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    Quote from terdjay
    If you did not graduate from an aus recognized uni you'll only be assessed as EN. Denying you bp eligibilty bec you dont have 13 yrs of education is ridiculous bec first, aus educ is 12 years not 13 years and second, plenty of Filipinos have did their bp already so if that's the case then we wouldn't hear of Filipinos doing their bp and these forums will not exist in the first place. There's no muh difference in the present assessment with the natl registration assessment so I think your assessment after July will still be the same. Being 2nd or 1st courser doesn't matter bec assessment is case by case situation. Instead of studying 2 yrs, you can opt for the 1 yr conversion or just pray that a miracle will come comes July.

    I don't know what's up with the council because the university where I graduated is accredited by the Australian Education Institute (AEI). I am not a second courser as well. They haven't even offered me the conversion as you've said. They just gave me the link to the recognised courses which can lead to a registration as a nurse, and conversion isn't offered on there. I am holding my breath for the national registration because among the nursing councils in the AUS states, NSW has the most expectations, so I am hoping that somehow, they will also give me other options like the options given to WA, QNC, NBV, etc... (conversion, entry as post-graduate, further study for only 3 months, BP) so I can continue my registration as nurse.
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    Quote from chocokat79
    Good for you, at least you're not a second courser like me. I am really praying that they assess me as an RN.

    What's the Php 101 for? If I remember right, I only paid 75 for the good standing plus of course the snail mail fee
    Yes that's the only form that I requested from PRC because they do not have a standard format for NMB's Verification of registration. They said that if I have a specific form in hand for them to fill-out then they will do that but since NMB has none then they said that the good standing will suffice. After all it says there that we are in good standing as RNs so that means we're really RNs right?

    PM me your YM so that we can keep in touch!
    HI chocokat79, I am also a second courser and I am interested in taking the BP in Australia. Would it be a problem if we took nursing as a second course? Also, I am currently registered as nurse here in UAE, but my company does not issue work certificate, does the NMB really require it? Will I still be assessed even if I lack this document?
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    Hi everyone! You might want to check out this link.

    Notes on University Education in the Philippines
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    that doesn't look good. more schooling for Asians.
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    Hi there guys. Sorry to hear about that isobelle. I think I've posted a while back that I also received NSW-NMB's preliminary assessment. Like you I also got the same response for them; either apply as an Enrolled Nurse or take a pre-registration course. I was really devastated when I read their email (and letter after a few days). I thought they assessed me as such because I do not have any work experience here. Now I'm surprised because we got the same response from them even after you indicated that you've had 3 years of work experience. But it's true guys.. of all the states/territories' BON in Australia NSW is the strictest.. A consultant from IDP told me so. Sadly it's also true that they do not view our country's educational system to be at par with theirs. Now I know this sounds unfair but we can't do anything about it. And quite frankly, they do have the right to choose who's application do they want to approve or not (based of course on the credentials we submit). Honestly I am not pinning my hopes on their assessment so that I can work as a nurse in AU, not anymore. I have yet to receive the final assessment but I'm not looking forward to it. Well, I've tried my best; have submitted everything that they've required but if after all that I've done and they still do not deem me qualified for the BP for RNs then I guess that's it.

    Hey isobelle, if you've had 3 years of (paid, not volunteer) experience then why not apply for the Skilled Migration Scheme? That's what I'll be aiming for next I guess. Hopefully one of these days one of the hospitals where I took the initial exam will call me for an interview.

    Now let's just pray that applications after the July change will be much smoother (and easier). After all, if what the news says is true, that AU will need more nurses and doctors in the future, then they might loosen up their rules to accommodate and encourage more foreign nurses like us.
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    hi chocokat,

    I am more confused now after reading your reply to isobelle asking her why she did not apply for the General Skilled Migration program when she had 3 yrs of experience. I thought the only way for a Filipino nurse to apply for the Skilled Migrant scheme is to complete the BP course first.

    Based from what Ive read on immi.gov.au, it is clear that even if we have more than 2 years of nursing experience, being a foreign trained nurses, our practice and qualifications do not meet their criteria because the healthcare system and educational system are not at par with Aussie's standards. That means, all of us has to undergo BP before applying for the GSM program.

    Please correct me if you have a better understanding of the process, so I would know if I could proceed with the GSM scheme instead. Thank you.
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    Quote from albinopoy
    hi chocokat,

    I am more confused now after reading your reply to isobelle asking her why she did not apply for the General Skilled Migration program when she had 3 yrs of experience. I thought the only way for a Filipino nurse to apply for the Skilled Migrant scheme is to complete the BP course first.

    Based from what Ive read on immi.gov.au, it is clear that even if we have more than 2 years of nursing experience, being a foreign trained nurses, our practice and qualifications do not meet their criteria because the healthcare system and educational system are not at par with Aussie's standards. That means, all of us has to undergo BP before applying for the GSM program.

    Please correct me if you have a better understanding of the process, so I would know if I could proceed with the GSM scheme instead. Thank you.
    you are correct sir. if you take the GSM pathway, DIAC will require you to have completed the ANMC assessment, and in all instances, if you finished your Nursing education in the Philippines, you will be required to undergo an accredited Bridging or Conversion program in Oz before ANMC will grant you a certificate. It does not mean that our education system in the Phils is not at par with Aus, its just that they think we should have a better understanding of Nursing laws and practise issues related to australian healthcare in general and issues related to Australian nursing practice in particular. And the only way to ensure that is for you to take a bridging course. cheers.


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