requirements of a foreign nurese? - page 2

What is the requirement of a foreign nurse to work and live in Australia??... Read More

  1. by   wishingstar
    hi,vivek! thank you very much for the info which is cheaper, australia or new zealand? thanks
  2. by   vivek105
    Quote from wishingstar
    hi,vivek! thank you very much for the info which is cheaper, australia or new zealand? thanks
    Will a Nurse from New Zealand answer this.
    As I have not done any study of NZ yet.
  3. by   bella1018
    have some questions, what is bridging course?, im now in germany and plan to move and work in australia. im a filipino nurse and working here since 1998.
  4. by   gwenith
    Quote from bella1018
    have some questions, what is bridging course?, im now in germany and plan to move and work in australia. im a filipino nurse and working here since 1998.
    Again this information can be obtained from the registration board of the state you want to move to. They will have all the details of bridging courses that they have approved - do NOT go with any that are not on the approved list.

    If you have overseas experience they might simply want you to do a "challenge test" for competency - remember our system is not built around answering exams but competency at the workplace - the better you can prove you are a competent nurse (give them as much information as you can) the faster you will be registered.
  5. by   vivek105
    Quote from bella1018
    have some questions, what is bridging course?, im now in germany and plan to move and work in australia. im a filipino nurse and working here since 1998.
    Hi Bella

    I agree with Gwenith.

    To add to what she says:

    1. If you want to migrate to Australia - you need 3 things
    a. A Job
    b. A visa to stay in the country and work there.
    c. Registration with the Nurse council which will let you work there.

    a. Job: You will get a job only after registration. So you need to tackle this first.

    b. The work visa comes easily - if you have a job offer. Nurses are in short supply and visas are available easily - unlike the US which has a long and complicated visa process. There are many visas - but the most relevant one is the "457" visa - which lets you work for upto 4 years in Australia. You can apply for Permanent Residency after 2 years of working. There is another visa which is a direct application for permanent residency - but this takes a long time (2 years) to process. So first - do Registration, then get a job and then apply for the 457 visa; if you like Australia - then after 2 years of working - you can go in for a permanent residency application. The Hospital which offers you a job could help you with the visa process, or you can do it on your own and avoid an expensive lawyer. Apparently - it is a simple process.


    c. Registration: So now you have to get registration done.

    There are 7 Nurse & Midwife Boards (NMB's) in Australia. One in each State. You have to apply to one of the 7 for registration. The names and websites of each of the councils is given in the "sticky" in the begining of this section (the Australia section - posted by Gwenith).

    Each State has rules which may DIFFER from each other - a bit. For example - the rule from NSW may be different from Queensland - by a bit. And the rules also MAY Change over time. So just read the NMB webiste regularly to keep yourself upto date on the current rules in force.

    So you should now go to the website of the State that you plan to work in and register there and complete the process they have in place. Which is essentially a lot of documentation.

    Also in Australia - if you register in one State - you can easily migrate to another state or even to New Zealand.

    Generally: For nurses registered in US, UK, Singapore, EU nurses - it is simple to get a direct registration in Australia. They may ask you to do a 2 day test to test your knowledge. (The "Challenge Test" in Queensland).

    If you are from Germany - you will probably have to give IELTS as well and get a score of 7 - as Germany is NOT an English speaking country.

    If you submit all the required documents and satisfy the NMB of your competency in nursing - then you will get a registration. Then you need to hunt around for a job. Once you get the job offer - then complete the visa process. And viola - your are in Australia!!

    For nurses from other countries: They need an IELTS of 7 and they also need to do a course (also known as the Bridge course) - from an institute approved by the State Board (each State has different institutes approved). Only if they clear this course and complete the documentation - then they are registered.

    So now you need to get to the webiste of the State you plan to work in and figure out how to register. Submit all the documents and comply with what they ask for.

    Good luck in your career. God Bless

    Vivek

    PS: Do remember to post your experiences! And think of us when you swim in the Great Barrier reef.
    Last edit by vivek105 on Dec 21, '07 : Reason: clarity
  6. by   gwenith
    You can apply directly to some hospitals and they will help you with the visa process. Of course they will be more interested if you have skills that are in short supply here - which is basically any of the specialties (personally if you want QLD go for paediatric post cardiothoracic surgical - we are about to amalgamate our hospitals and there probably will be lots of job openings in this area)

    But midwifery, Psych, paeds - are all in short supply and will usually get you some assistance from a hospital.
  7. by   stsinner
    Quote from elmar22
    ..And the country where you got your years of experience should be from any of the following: Ireland, UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and I think Singapore..otherwise you'll be required to undergo the bridging course.
    If so, how many years of work experience is needed in order for the bridge program to be waived?

    Thanks.. :spin:
  8. by   elmar22
    Quote from stsinner
    If so, how many years of work experience is needed in order for the bridge program to be waived?
    The Nurses and Midwives Board of the state where you want to work should be able to tell you.. Each state has its own requirements in waiving the bridging course.
  9. by   vivek105
    Quote from stsinner
    If so, how many years of work experience is needed in order for the bridge program to be waived?

    Thanks.. :spin:
    Write directly to the Board of the State you want to work in and they will give you the exact advise.

    They formulate rules and then change them from time to time!!

    Remember to post your experiences here!!

    Vivek
  10. by   vivek105
    Quote from gwenith
    It IS possible to get a job as an AIN (assistant in Nursing) while doing the bridging course. There are a LOT of aged care facilities looking for AIN's.

    Forgot to add - the Royal Children's Hospital here in Brisbane was looking to run a refreher/re-entry course which should (sorry cannot say for sure) but should be the same as a bridging course. They may be worth contacting.

    Gwenith

    1. What are the salary / wage structure for AIN's?

    2. What is the ovetime etc?

    3. Do you have the name / website of the assocation of aged care facilities in Australia?

    4. What is your estimate of the shortage of AIN's?

    Happy 2008

    Vivek
  11. by   gwenith
    Quote from vivek105
    Gwenith

    1. What are the salary / wage structure for AIN's?

    2. What is the ovetime etc?

    3. Do you have the name / website of the assocation of aged care facilities in Australia?

    4. What is your estimate of the shortage of AIN's?

    Happy 2008

    Vivek
    Hmmmm - seems Queensland health is running a refresher/re-entry program and they USED to be a way to register if you were trained overseas

    http://www.thinknursing.com/

    AIN position description and salary

    http://www.health.qld.gov.au/jobs/Re...&Search=Search
  12. by   ibinezz
    hello! i got a question. im also been contemplating on going for australia particularly in sydney since my uncle lives there. anyway, i haven't had any hospital experience yet here in the phil so is it a MUST before you can register with the board to have a working experience?

    im kind of willing and since apparently there a little way around the bridging course, to go for it.

    oh and another thing. is there no way for the board to consider toefl-ibt? i got really got marks and was hoping (saves time and money) that they can consider it.

    i'd really appreciate any help!

    More power to our careers!
  13. by   samira723
    Quote from elmar22
    ..And the country where you got your years of experience should be from any of the following: Ireland, UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and I think Singapore..otherwise you'll be required to undergo the bridging course.
    hi, elmar22

    do u know about hong kong? i graduated in HONG KONG and also took a BACHELOR DEGREE which was held by LA TROUBE UNIVERSITY and HONG KONG CHINESE UNIVERSITY.....do u think i dont have to take the bridging course in australia? i tried to apply for NCLEX last year but they rejected me since they said i dont have enough hours in my maternal and infant nursing during my nursing trainning
    ......im not sure this time if i do my registration with the nursing council in AUSTRALIA and they'll reject me again.......i already wasted some money in usa....i hope australia can accept my application this time..........

    thx for all ur attention
    best wishes to all of u here
    samira from hong kong

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